Legal/Judicial Experience: Professor David DeWolf taught at Gonzaga Law School for 28 years. Previously, he was an attorney at Lukins & Annis and clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court. The author of five volumes of "The Washington Practice", he is an expert in the Constitution, contracts, and torts.
Other Professional Experience: Washington Pattern Instruction Committee.
Education: B.A., Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa); Teaching Credential, University of California at Santa Barbara; Juris Doctor, Yale Law School.
Community Service: Member of the Spokane Public Schools Human Growth & Development Committee; Lector, Mary Queen Parish; President of Artisan’s Ark, helping the developmentally disabled find employment.
Statement: Professor David DeWolf is exactly the kind of person we need on the Washington Supreme Court: an expert in our state constitution and Washington’s leading authority on contracts and tort law. His books have been cited by Washington appellate courts over 100 times and are used daily by lawyers and trial judges. This is why he is endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans.
For 28 years, Professor DeWolf taught thousands of students at Gonzaga Law School, instilling his love of the law and his respect for the constitution. He is often asked to testify on the constitution and the proper balance of power between judges and our legislators.
The current crisis in the court proves we need a thoughtful and reasonable scholar to add much-needed restraint to a court that has become adversarial rather than respectful toward other judges and our elected lawmakers. “Olympia has more than enough politicians,” says DeWolf, “we need judges who will do their job—no more and no less.”
David and his wife Priscilla live in Spokane – he’d be only the second member of the court from Eastern Washington. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.