Legal/Judicial Experience: Superior Court Judge, Cowlitz County - 5 years; Superior Court Court Commissioner - 13 years; Attorney - 18 years
Other Professional Experience: Washington State Child Support Work Group; Steering Committee - State Superior Court Case Management System; State Judges’ Association Technology Committee Chair; Legislative Ethics Board
Education: R.A. Long HS; Lewis and Clark College - Business Administration, 1980; JD - Lewis & Clark Law School, 1983; Mediation Certificate - NJC, 2007
Community Service: Lower Columbia Council on Substance Abuse Board; Cowlitz County Substance Abuse Advisory Board; Columbia Theater Task Force Board; Cowlitz County Planning Commission; Junior Service League Attorney; 1414 Club attorney; Manager Timber Barons Soccer Team; United Way Volunteer
Statement: Judge Bashor practiced law locally for 18 years and focused on people: Family Law, Debt Problems, Juvenile Law, Mental Health. He has 18 years of judicial service as a Court Commissioner and as an elected Superior Court Judge. He has received specialized training for domestic violence cases, juvenile cases, and leading therapeutic courts like Drug Court and Hope Court.
Judge Bashor led the effort to re-invigorate the family reunification drug court for Juvenile Court. He led the implementation of nationally-recommended, research based improvements for Adult Drug Court, which has shown increasing graduation rates.
Judge Bashor chairs the State Judges Technology Committee and serves on the Steering Committee for the new statewide computer court management system which will allow Superior Courts to become paperless. He has been actively involved in that project since 2012.
Judge Bashor is a strong supporter of access to the courts by everyone, whether they have attorneys or not. He has led the Court’s technology committee, pushing for wireless internet access for attorneys and overhaul of the Court’s website to make legal resources more available to the public. “We Need Gary Bashor’s proven expertise on the Bench” – Steve Warning – Superior Court Judge