2015 Annual Meeting Report: Barr Retires, Padula Elected President

Steve-Ted-Award-PresentationThe 2015 Annual Meeting of Citizens for Judicial Excellence was held on March 19 in Kirkland. Ted Barr, CJE President for the past eight years, retired and the membership elected Lizanne Padula as CJE President for the next four-year term.

Founding member Steve Hayne presented Ted with an award recognizing his eight years of service to CJE and his role as founding CJE president who built CJE into the respected and effective organization it is today.

Out-going Treasurer Mark Garka’s  presentation showed CJE to be in good financial health and already building its war chest for the 2018 elections.

The membership was briefed on CJE’s on-going series of continuing legal education courses for members and interested attorneys and the variety of social events held each year. Barr noted that Poker Night is coming up on May 2 and looks to be the biggest and best fundraising event yet.

Lizanne Padula

Lizanne Padula

Officer elections were held and the following were elected for the 2015–2019 term:

Lizanne Padula, President
Mark Garka, Vice President
Gayle Brandon-Behrend, Treasurer
Danielle Havens, Secretary

Ted Barr remains on the Board as President Emeritus. The new Board will appoint four additional directors at the next Board meeting.