Legal/Judicial Experience: Current Superior Court Judge, Lower Elwha Tribal Judge and Court Commissioner for 15 years
Other Professional Experience: Attorney 39 years,President Clallam County Bar Association, President Pro Bono Lawyers, Presided as Judge in every Court in Clallam County, argued cases Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court
Education: Thiel College, political science, University of Pittsburgh Law School, Washington Judicial College, 400 hours Judicial education National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
Community Service: Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award, originator BarTrek Legal Education Seminar, President Exchange Club, appeared in 15 local theatre productions, currently President of Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Education Foundation, baseball and soccer coach
Statement: Judge Coughenour is rated well qualified by every bar association he has appeared before, including Washington Women Lawyers. He's been Judge in Port Angeles and Forks District Courts, Drug Court, Juvenile Court, Family Court and was selected by the Governor to replace Superior Court Judge George Wood.
A founding member of Pro Bono Lawyers, he helped fund legal services for the poor throughout his career. Restored his office building placed on the National Register of Historic Places, he provided space for 20 young lawyers to assist them with their practices.
What's he most proud of? Organizing Save Sol Duc Hot Springs in the 1970s. Raising thousands of dollars to help fund indigent legal services through his BarTrek legal seminar. Helping develop the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Court to assist individuals and families to turn their lives around. Performing hundreds of wedding ceremonies and acting in local theatre for PALOA, PA Players and Olympic Performing Arts. Helping keep Hurricane Ridge skiing alive.
Brian operates a ranch raising sheep and chickens and organic vegetables. His son Cody operates the local ToadLily International Hostel and son Ty is a video producer and film maker.