Court of Appeals
Division One, District Three, Position One
Legal/Judicial Experience: An appellate attorney
with 23 years of experience, Rita appeared before all levels of state
appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Other Professional Experience: Appointed a Special Assistant
Attorney General to represent Washington state in disputes with state's
Education: Rita is a 1994 cum laude graduate from Seattle
University School of Law; editor of law review.
Community Service: Pro bono attorney for Northwest Women's Law
Center (Legal Voice) protecting reproductive rights. Pro bono attorney
for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and ACLU challenging delays in
processing naturalization of legal permanent residents.
Statement: In her long career as an appellate lawyer, Rita has
handled dozens of cases ranging from commercial disputes to land-use and
regulatory issues. She has far more, and greater depth, of appellate
expertise than any other candidate.
Born in the Soviet Union, Rita emigrated to the United States in 1990
after teaching English and interpreting for The New York Times, National
Public Radio and CBS News. She became a US citizen in 1994. Rita worked
as associate attorney at Bogle and Gates, as associate then partner at
Dorsey and Whitney, and has been a partner at Stoel Rives LLP for 15
Rita is deeply committed to the rule of law and independence of the
judiciary. To her, these values are not academic but real and personal.
Rita and her family live in Friday Harbor. Rita commutes to work in
Seattle each week (Court of Appeals Division One is based in Seattle).
Rita is endorsed by Washigton Supreme Court Justice Barbara Madsen,
Washington Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge (retired), Whatcom County
Council Chair Rud Browne, San Juan County Councilmember Rick Hughes,
Island County Commission Chair Helen Price Johnson. Please see
www.ritaforcourtofappeals.com for more informaton.
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