January 5, 2015



At the end of September, I will have served my term of three years on the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar. After fifty years of bar membership including
ten years on the Superior Court Bench, I am ready to retire again but I need someone to replace me on the BOG. The election to serve as Governor for the 5th Congressional District will be this coming March with the term to begin on October 1, 2015. Any active lawyer who resides in the 5th Congressional District who is a current member of the Washington State Bar is eligible to run for the position. I will be pleased to send information or meet with anyone interested in this position. It requires travel to Seattle on a fairly regular basis but most expenses are reimbursed by the bar association. It requires a substantial amount of time as well. There is information as to the duties and expectations on the WSBA web site— While the information there indicates that the time commitment is estimated to be about 40 hours per month, I have found it be substantially more time than that. As a representative from this district, it requires participation in bar activities in and around Spokane as well as across the state including the I-5 area. It is an opportunity to serve the legal profession and the public in an active manner. The friendships I have developed and involvement with the bar, the public and members has been a truly rewarding experience for me. I would encourage anyone who has the time and the willingness to be involved to contact me or look on the bar web site for information. Paul Bastine at or 509-844-2954.



January 15, 2015



On December 24, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Raymond Clary to the Spokane County Superior Court. Clary replaces Tari Eitzen, who has retirred after a distinguished career on the bench since 1994. Clary’s term begins in January, 2015. Clary has a civil litigation and trial law practice at the Spokane firm of Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Clary
& Oreskovich. He graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was a Thomas More Scholar. Clary’s B.A. is from Eastern Washington, where he was on the President’s Honor Roll and made the
National Dean’s List.

“Ray is an extremely well qualified and intelligent lawyer who will serve the Spokane Superior Court well,” said Inslee. “He has made a lasting impact on his community
through his volunteerism and I am proud to appoint him to this position.”

Clary was awarded the Community Impact Award in 2013 from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center. He has contributed much of his time to pro bono legal service over the years, receiving a Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation from the Washington State Bar Association.

Clary was the Advisory Director for the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch for more than 10 years. He is also a former Golden Gloves Boxing Champion.



January 15, 2015





Superior Court Presiding Judge Sam Cozza has announced the appointment of Commissioner Steve Grovdahl as a Judge Pro Tempore, per RCW 2.08.180, effective January 5th and continuing until such time as gubernatorial appointee Raymond Clary is able to assume judicial duties, approximately Feb. 2nd.

Pro Tempore Judge Grovdahl will preside over Judicial Department 3, family law matters, in Courtroom 303. All parties will be asked to sign a stipulation prior to their
matter being heard.