to truly understand how my decisions
impact the lives of real people is equally
What motivated you to be a judge?
Throughout my career as a lawyer, I
continued to perform public service by
participating in various bar association
activities. I also served on various boards
dealing with the education and welfare
of children. When the opportunity to
perform public service as a judge arose,
I took it.
How does your service experience
impact your perspective on the
Service in the armed forces gives one the
opportunity to live and work with a broad
range of people from very diverse backgrounds. I think that experience keeps
me grounded in understanding the diversity of backgrounds of those who appear
before our courts.
Are you still connected to your experience as a service member and/
or how do you give back to the veterans community?
I was recently the guest speaker at a
WSBA event devoted to providing legal services to current members of the
armed services and veterans. As a result,
I joined the Washington State Veterans
Bar Association (WSVBA). I continue to
look for appropriate ways to support the
What are the biggest issues you see
in the veterans community?
Proper support from the Veterans Administration is one of the obvious answers. That problem has many facets and
will not soon be fixed, even with the best
of intentions of those tasked with finding
solutions. Homelessness and lack of employment are also right up there.
What impact do you believe lawyers
can make to serve veterans?
Providing legal advice to assist veterans — the subject of the WSBA conference where I was the guest speaker — is
one way. As I previously mentioned, I
JASON W. ANDERSON | LINDA B. CLAPHAM*
MICHAEL B. KING*° | JAMES E. LOBSENZ*°
GEORGE C. MASTRODONATO | GREGORY M. MILLER*
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°Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
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