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Attorney Training for Service as Pro Tem Judge in District and Municipal Court


Date: August 24 - August 25, 2018

Time: 8:20 A.M. - 4:35 P.M. August 24; 8:20 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. August 25

Credits: 1.25 Law & Legal Procedure + 2.5 Ethics + 5.25 Other

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The District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA) and the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) are delighted to offer training for attorneys interested in being judges pro tempore or simply for those interested in knowing more about being a judge and the challenges of presiding in the courtroom.

Attorneys who complete this 1.5 day training will be listed as possible resources for future pro tem appointments.  (NOTE: Completing this program does not guarantee a pro tem appointment, nor is it required to be on the list to be appointed.)

The program focus on the skills necessary to become an effective judge, and includes topics on courtroom management, handling pro se litigants, diversity, working with court personnel, practice bias, and ethical conflicts for judges.  The faculty is made up of judges, attorneys and court personnel.

Judge Willie Gregory – Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle

Judge Mary Logan - Spokane Municipal Court, Spokane
Judge Scott Stewart - Issaquah Municipal Court, Issaquah
Judge Marilyn Paja - Kitsap County District Court, Port Orchard
Ms. Margaret Yetter - Kent Municipal Court, Kent
Judge Damon Shadid - Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle
Martha Cohen - King County Office of Interpreter Services, King County Superior Court, Seattle
Sara McNish - Administrative Office of the Courts, Olympia
Ms. J. Reiko Callner - Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct, Olympia
Judge Ketu Shah - King County District Court, Seattle
Judge Faye Chess - Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle
Judge Joanna Bender - King County Superior Courts, Seattle
Judge Lisa O’Toole - King County East Division, Seattle
Judge Linda Coburn  - Edmonds Municipal Court, Edmonds
Judge Melanie S. Dane (Former)  - Black Diamond Municipal Court, Black Diamond

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:20 a.m. Seminar Begins
12:05 p.m.- 1:05 p.m. Lunch
4:35 p.m. Adjourn

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
8:20 a.m. Seminar Begins
12:30 p.m. Adjourn


Seeking diversity in attendance
A diverse judiciary that reflects the community is paramount in a just legal system. Through and by this training, we aim to develop a bank of accomplished and experienced pro tem judges composed of individuals increasingly reflective of the WSBA membership, as well as the state’s population at large. WSBA-CLE  is offering a limited number of scholarships for underrepresented populations. Please see for more information.

To omit your name from the list made available to the Administrative Office of the Courts enter the code OPTOUT in Promo Code field during checkout. Please contact if you have questions.

For accessibility or accommodation requests, or other questions, please email or call 206-443-9722 (toll free: 800-945-9722).

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