EXCELLENCE IN DIVERSITY AWARD
This award is made to a lawyer, law
firm, or law-related group that has
made a significant contribution to
diversity in the legal profession.
The Judicial Institute H
Founded in 2012, the purpose of the Judicial Institute is to pre- pare qualified diverse attorneys
for judicial positions through a comprehensive education and one-year men-torship program. By making the path to
the judiciary more accessible, the program works to increase the number of
diverse attorneys seeking and securing
judicial positions, strengthening the
justice system by including a variety of
perspectives, life experiences, and professional paths.
Instructors include judges, MBA judicial evaluation committee members,
judicial election consultants, and the
Governor’s Counsel. Presenters address various topics including judicial
ethics, the judicial appointment process, and preparing for a judicial campaign. Fellows are assigned judicial
mentors who provide one-on-one feedback and guidance throughout the year.
Since the project’s inception, 59
diverse fellows (representing gender,
ethnic/racial minority, GLBT, geography, and those living with a disability)
participated in the Judicial Institute
and nine have since been appointed
and/or elected to the Superior Court,
Municipal Court, or Tribal Court.
OUTSTANDING JUDGE AWARD
This award is presented for
outstanding service to the bench and
for special contribution to the legal
profession at any level of the court.
Hon. James P. Hutton I
Judge James Hutton was ap- pointed a magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Washington in
2008. Prior to his appointment, he had
served as a Washington State Superior
Court judge for Yakima County for 11
years. During his tenure as a Superior
Court judge, he served as an officer and
board member for the Superior Court
Judges Association and also served on
the Board for Judicial Administration.
Before joining the bench, Judge Hutton
was president of his former law firm,
Velikanje, Moore & Shore, P. S., where he
practiced litigation for 20 years.
In 2009, Judge Hutton and his
court team founded the Sobriety Treatment and Education Program drug
courts in Yakima and later Richland.
The program gives convicted felons in
the federal court system an opportunity to learn a new way of life in recovery. He has also worked to create an innovative residential recovery program
for those who are being released from
federal incarceration and re-entering
In 2012, Judge Hutton received the
James Oldham Award for his commitment to the recovery of chemically dependent individuals.
PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
This award recognizes a WSBA
member who exemplifies the WSBA’s
culture of service: one who gives back
in meaningful ways to others, to his/her
On behalf of the Judicial Institute: Rebecca Glasgow, Fé Lopez, Chach Duarte White,
Erica Chung, Hon. Johanna Bender, Hon. Patrick Oishi, Hon. Mariane Spearman.