Daryl Graves Named to CJE Board

CJE is pleased to announce that Tacoma attorney Daryl Graves has joined the Board of Directors of Citizens for Judicial Excellence.

Graves is a highly regarded attorney with nearly 40 years of legal experience. He is a former member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, past president of the Pierce County Bar Association, and a former member of the board of the Washington State Association for Justice.

Daryl has been an active member of CJE since 2010. He brings to CJE not just solid experience with the judicial system but deep insight into issues facing the courts in Pierce and King counties.

CJE and its members welcome Daryl to the leadership team! He joins a hard-working Board of Directors who volunteers countless hours to fulfill CJE’s mission to Build a Better Bench, One Seat at a Time.

 

 

 

 

Nat Wylie — A Friend Lost

Nat WylieCJE has lost a good friend with the passing of longtime member Nat Wylie. Nat served his clients and the legal community well during his 17 years of practice. He is a former board member of Citizens for Judicial Excellence, past president of the East King County Bar Association and was currently serving as a trustee for the King County Bar Association.

Nathaniel H. Wylie passed away on January 11, 2017 at the age of 43. A lifetime resident of Mercer Island, Nat is survived by his son Austin; parents Linda and Peter; sister Renee; and brother Scott. The CJE Board and membership extend their heartfelt condolences to Nat’s family for their loss.

 

 

Call to CJE 2017 Annual Member Meeting

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5:30 PM8:30 PM

All CJE members are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting of Citizens for Judicial Excellence. This meeting is one of the more important meetings for CJE members as we are gearing up for the 2018 elections and working on providing input for current and upcoming district court vacancies.

The CJE Board will review CJE’s financial status, accomplishments during 2016, and goals for 2017 and beyond as we plan for the 2018 municipal and district court elections.

The meeting will feature a comprehensive district-by-district Judicial Intelligence Report for King and Snohomish counties.  There will be a significant number of open seats in 2018 as well as vacancies to be filled by the King and Snohomish county councils as well as the Seattle City Council.

We will have a discussion about indentifying promising judicial candidates and building a farm team of pro tems who will be well-prepared to run for office in 2018 as well as applying for upcoming vacancies.

All members are encouraged to attend and share ideas on races where CJE might play an important role, discuss potential judicial candidates, and “fact check” any rumors that might be floating around out there. As usual we will have our closed door, candid and freewheeling discussion about the state of the bench. A straw poll and discussion of the results will help guide the organization’s leadership in the coming year.

The meeting commences on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at the Logan Building in downtown Seattle located at 500 Union St, 9th Floor. Please be on time as the building’s main doors are locked at 6:00 — we will have someone at the doors to allow entry until 6:15. Paid parking is available in nearby buildings such as City Centre, the Washington Athletic Club, and Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue.

A light dinner of sandwiches, beverages and desert will be provided courtesy of CJE. Please check the CJE website at www.cjepac.com for further meeting details.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 7 so that we can arrange for adequate seating and food/beverages. This is your opportunity, as a CJE member, to discuss important issues for 2017 and beyond. Please note that this meeting is open only to CJE members in good standing* and is not open to guests. In addition, all discussions during the meeting are confidential and intended for CJE members only.

We look forward to seeing you there.

* If you are not current on your dues, please contact CJE Administrative Director Greg McDonald at gmcdonald@cjepac.com or (206) 456-6911 ext 202 to make arrangements to become current.


Logan Building
500 Union St
9th Floor
Seattle, WA 98101

 

Zachor Joins CJE Board

Jimmy ZachorCJE is pleased to announce that James M. Zachor has joined the Board of Directors of Citizens for Judicial Excellence. Affectionately known by his colleagues as “Jimmy,” he currently represents Cities of Arlington, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, and Monroe as city prosecutor.

Jim attended Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, graduating cum laude. He has worked for Zachor & Thomas since 2007 as a legal assistant, as a RULE 9 and now as an attorney. His tenaciousness in pursuing criminal prosecution has been noted by defense attorneys and judges. With his competitive nature and temperament for fairness and justice, he demands accountability from the defendants he prosecutes. Jim graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School with honors and was named to the Washington All State Baseball team. He attended Oregon State University and was on the varsity baseball team as a freshman. He transferred to Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with honors and was named to the Northwest All Conference Baseball team.

The police departments he works with have rated him “outstanding” in assisting them with their legal knowledge and training.

Jim lives with his wife in Snohomish County.

 

CJE CLE: “DUIs & IIDs”

 

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CJE CLE “DUIs & IIDs”

 

Friday, May 20, 2016
12:00 pm – 4:30 pm

 

LifeSafer of Washington

1404 Central Ave S
Suite 100
Kent, WA 98032

 


 

The CLE curriculum will include a review of the various issues involved when working with a client-defendent ordered to install an Ignition Interlock Device:

  • IID Installation & Client Training Demonstration
    Bridget Doherty, LifeSafer of Washington State Director, and Ken Denton, LifeSafer technician, will review from start to finish the process of installing an ignition interlock device on a vehicle and review the client training provided. This includes a live demonstration of IID installation on a vehicle and how your clients will use the IID on a daily basis.
  • Defending IID Violation Hearings
    Attorney Paul Cullen, a pioneer in the IID field, will provide an in-depth review of defending an alleged IID violation including what you need to do for a successful hearing.

  • IID Legal Issues: Unlawful Search and Pending Statutory Changes
    Attorneys John Ziegler and Jason Lantz will review various legal issues pertaining to IIDs including unlawful searches. They will also review pending statutory changes.

  • Ethics of IID Review Hearings
    Attorney Paul Cullen will review the ethical issues you may encounter and considerations when arguing before an IID review hearing.

 


This CLE has been approved by WSBA for 4.25 credits (including 1 Ethics credit).
WSBA CLE Activity #1007894

This CLE is free for CJE members. $100 for attorneys not a member of CJE.
Space is limited to 20 seats so R.S.V.P. sooner than later.

(Lunch will be provided courtesy of CJE. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.)

 

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Call to CJE 2016 Annual Meeting

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 5:30 PM8:30 PM

All CJE members are invited and encouraged to attend the 2016 Annual Meeting of Citizens for Judicial Excellence. This meeting is one of the more important meetings for CJE members as elections will be held for officers to serve for the next four years.

The CJE Board will review CJE’s financial status, accomplishments during 2015, and goals for 2016 and beyond as we plan for the 2018 municipal and district court elections. The meeting will include a discussion about indentifying promising judicial candidates and building a farm team of pro tems who will be well-prepared to run for office in 2018. There are likely to be a significant number of open seats in 2018 as well as vacancies that will open to be filled by King and Snohomish county councils.

All members are encouraged to attend and share ideas on races where CJE might play an important role, discuss potential judicial candidates, and “fact check” any rumors that might be floating around out there. As usual, the annual meeting will include a straw poll and discussion of the results which will help guide the organization’s leadership in the coming year.

The meeting commences on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at Carillon Point (same location as last year’s annual meeting) located at Carillon Point Regus Center, 5400 Carillon Point, Building 5000, 4th Floor in Kirkland. Parking is located directly across the driveway from Building 5000 and is free for those departing after 7:00 p.m. A light dinner of sandwiches, beverages and desert will be provided courtesy of CJE.

Please check the CJE website at www.cjepac.com for further meeting details. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 22 so that we can arrange for adequate seating and food/beverages. This is your opportunity, as a CJE member, to discuss important issues for 2016 and beyond. Please note that this meeting is open only to CJE members in good standing* and is not open to guests. We look forward to seeing you there.

* If you are not current on your dues, please contact CJE Administrative Director Greg McDonald at greg@cjepac.com or (206) 456-6911 ext 202 to make arrangements to become current.

 


     

Rob Thielke: Our Condolences

Rob-ThielkeThe CJE Board and members extend their heart-felt condolences to the family and associates of Vern Fonk Insurance President Rob Thielke who passed away from a long battle with cancer. Rob was a long-time stalwart supporter of CJE and was both loved and respected by CJE members, practicing attorneys and his insurance clients.

A memorial service for Rob will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cedar Park Church in Bothell. We encourage all CJE members to attend as a show of respect for this outstanding individual and businessman.

CJE CLE: “Cars, Kids & CPS”

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6-10-2015-ChildLeftCJE CLE “Cars, Kids & CPS”

Friday, September 25, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Carillon Point Regus Center
5400 Carillon Point Road
Kirkland, WA 98033

The CLE curriculum will include a review of the various issues involved when cars, kids and CPS collide:

 

    • Brief Review of Crimes Related to Children
      Attorneys Lizanne Padula and Lauren McLane will review the various offenses relating to unattended children in vehicles, custodial interference, abandonment of a dependent, DUIs with children in a vehicle, reckless endangerment of children and many more.

 

    • Once Law Enforcement Has a Parent in Custody, What is DSHS/CPS’s Reaction?
      Teresa Sach, formerly with DSHS DCFS and now an assessor for the US Army on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse cases, will review the process from first call to the final letter in a CPS/DSHS investigation, presenting two hypotheticals including (1) leaving a child in a car unattended, and (2) a DUI with a child in the car.

 

  • Ethics of Interacting with DSHS/CPS and/or Dependency Attorney
    Attorney Lorraine Roberts of the King County Public Defenders Office will review the ethical implications and dilemmas in the interplay and cross over between criminal charges and DSHS Administrative actions focusing on the ethical obligations of criminal defense attorneys when kids and CPS are involved.

This CLE has been approved by the WSBA for 3 CLE credits including 1 Ethics credit.

This CLE is free to CJE members. Cost is $100 for attorneys not a member of CJE.

WSBA CLE Activity #405866

Space will be limited. Complimentary sandwiches and beverages will be provided for attendees beginning at 11:30 a.m..

Call CJE Administrative Director Greg McDonald at (206) 456-6911, ext 202 for more information or if you have any questions.

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CJE CLE: Proof of Financial Responsibility for the Future

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CJE CLE “Proof of Financial Responsibility for the Future: SR22 Insurance & Bonds”

Friday, June 19, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Carillon Point Regus Center
5400 Carillon Point Road
Kirkland, WA 98033

Citizens for Judicial Excellence is conducting the second in a series of Continuing Legal Education courses on June 19, 2015, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The CLE will be held at Regus Center, Carillon Point, Kirkland.

The CLE curriculum will include a review of financial responsibility requirements including SR22 insurance and bonds:

      • SR 22 Insurance From the Insurance Company’s Perspective
        Joe Klein, Everett Branch Manager and an Agent with Vern Fonk Insurance, will discuss SR 22 Insurance, i.e. insurance required under RCW 46.29, from the insurance company’s perspective. What does the insurance company do? How do they do it? How do they communicate with DOL? What information is provided? How are rates determined?
      • Alternate Methods of Giving Proof of Financial Responsibility
        Diego Vargas, owner of The Vargas Law Firm, will speak on the alternate methods of giving proof of financial responsibility for the future under RCW 46.29. These methods include: bonds as provided in RCW 46.29.520; certificates of deposit of money or securities as provided in RCW 46.29.550; and certificates of self-insurance, as provided in RCW 46.29.630.
      • Information About Legal Services – Advertising and Social Media
        Diego Vargas will speak on the Rules of Professional Conduct as they relate to communicating information about legal services. This discussion will include advertising and social media.

This CLE has been approved by the WSBA for 3 CLE credits including 1 Ethics credit.

This CLE is free to CJE members. Cost is $100 for attorneys not a member of CJE.

WSBA CLE Activity #400592

Space will be limited. Complimentary sandwiches and beverages will be provided for attendees.
Call CJE Administrative Director Greg McDonald at (206) 456-6911, ext 202 for more information or if you have any questions.

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.