Legal/Judicial Experience: 1. Filed the first lawsuit by a tenant union under state landlord tenant act.2. Blocked the building of one stadium by challenging its public financing, and also challenged Safeco field to US Supreme court.3. Won large settlements for demonstrators who were tear gassed and hit with rubber bullets during WTO demonstrations. 4. Represented workers unemployment benefits and wage claims. 5. Represented drivers on speeding and red light tickets. 6. Called the "bureaucrat's nightmare" by Seattle Times for filing class action lawsuit on behalf of intermittent workers, which won millions of dollars for City of Seattle employees.
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Statement: I have been one of the few attorneys in the state that has actively been supporting the American Bar Association's criticism of the Washington attorney disciplinary system. The Washington State Supreme Court is in charge of the system, but the court has come under sharp criticism for 40 years for its practice of delegating its responsibility to the Washington State Bar Association. The ABA rightly likens this to the practice of putting the fox in charge of the henhouse, with Washington being one of the few states that continue the practice. The practice of putting a politically elected bar leadership in charge of attorney discipline is a direct conflict of interest that has resulted in low charging rates, undeserved discipline against attorneys who represent unpopular clients, as well as increased discipline directed to minority attorneys.
I will base my campaign on the issue that I will protect the rights of Washington citizens with decisions that are intelligent, just and ethical.