SCBA 2017-2018 Candidates Forum




President – MARLA CAREY HOSKINS – Thank you to the Nominating Committee for nominating me to serve as the President for the Spokane County Bar Association. In 1997 I received my J.D. from Gonzaga University and have been in private practice in Spokane County since that time. Serving on the board for the Spokane County Bar Association for the last four years has been a great experience. The last year has been filled with many challenges for the SCBA and I look forward to working with the Board and the SCBA to implement new improvements. As President I will continue to work to improve the SCBA and meet the ever-changing needs of the membership and community.  I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve on the board as the President. Thank you for your consideration.

President-elect/Secretary – WILLIAM M. SYMMES – I am a partner at Witherspoon Kelley, where I have worked since 1994. I’m asking for your vote for President-elect/Secretary. I have supported the Bar throughout my career. I served as a trustee for two years and as Treasurer last year.  In the 1990’s, I served as a trustee and officer for the SCBA Young Lawyers. I then served on the Board for our local Federal Bar Association and was elected its President in 2007-08.

In 2007, I was selected by the Eastern District judges to serve as a Lawyer Representative to Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee (LRCC) and the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. The LRCC comprises representative lawyers from each federal district within the Ninth Circuit. In 2010, I was elected by the LRCC to serve on the Conference Executive Committee for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, where I currently work with Circuit and District Judges to develop and produce the judicial conference.

I have also served on the SCBA Judicial Liaison Committee and on the Executive Committee for the Labor & Employment Law Section of the WSBA. I volunteer as General Counsel to Greater Spokane Incorporated and serve on other various local non-profit boards.  I now welcome the opportunity to continue my work with the SCBA as its President-elect/Secretary.     

Treasurer – DAVID P. GARDNER – I have served on the Spokane County Bar Association Board of Trustees because I want to help an organization that I believe in. The lawyers and judges in this town are so involved in the organization that it is hard not to get excited about it. And the Bar does so much more than just make life easier on its professional participants. The Bar serves hundreds of clients every year through its Volunteer Lawyers Program. Those clients have a real need for legal help, but are without the means to obtain it. And there are Bar members stepping up every day to lend a hand. I wanted to be a part of making sure those traditions continue for years to come.
To that end, I am now asking for your vote to elect me Treasurer of the SCBA. As Treasurer, I hope to continue to serve the Bar, its members, and it’s community for the year ahead.



Trustee – MUBARAK ABDUR RAHEEM – I am sincerely excited and appreciative for the opportunity to serve as a Trustee of the Spokane County Bar Association. I am originally from the Bay Area in California, but I have lived in multiple parts of Oregon and Washington as well. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 2005 and my JD from Lewis and Clark in 2011. I started my career in Okanogan as a public defender and did that for almost a year. Following that I was hired by the Spokane City Prosecutors Office. I have been there two and a half years, where I currently prosecute Domestic Violence.

In 2016 I was a fellow in the Washington Leadership Institute and it was there I learned so much about the WSBA and how to get involved in the local bar too. I am very outgoing and passionate about getting involved in the legal community. I currently serve on the Racial Equity and Disparity subcommittee as part of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council. I also have been involved with the Diversity Section. Diversity in the legal community is a very important issue to me and if elected I will work hard to improve it in our legal community.

I live with my wife Sarah, two girls Sameyah and Kalilah and our most recent addition is Mubarak JR who is a little over a month old. When not working or volunteering I really enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and lifting weights. If elected I will make the most of this opportunity. I appreciate your consideration and would appreciate your vote as well.

Trustee – BEVERLY L. ANDERSON – I have practiced at Winston & Cashatt for over 30 years, and watched as numerous members of our bar association have stepped up to do the work necessary to keep our organization strong; it is certainly my turn to contribute. I have previously served on the Volunteer Lawyers Program Board, and am currently on the Board of the Washington Women Lawyers Spokane Chapter, and I think I have the right perspective on what is required of a good Board member, and how important those efforts are to the strength of an organization. I am proud of the SCBA and the support and camaraderie it offers us all in the practice of law in Spokane and if elected I will do my part to maintain and improve it under the leadership of Marla, Bill and Dave.

Trustee – TANYA L. BARTON – I am thankful and honored to have been nominated for a Trustee position with the Spokane County Bar Association. As a native of Spokane, it would be a great privilege to serve the Bar Association and give back to our community.
I graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2008 and completed my undergraduate work at Eastern Washington University in 2011. In 2014, I graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law – GO ZAGS – where I served as the Technical Editor for the Gonzaga Journal of International Law and represented Gonzaga in the National Trial Team Competition.

After admission to the Bar, I began my practice at a local firm serving as general counsel to school districts. I then joined Kutak Rock LLP in 2016, where in addition to continuing my education and employment law practice, I expanded my practice to include public finance. This experience has aided in understanding the impact that our legal profession has on our community.

Currently, I am a member of the Spokane Young Lawyers Division, the Spokane Young Professionals, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Counsel of School Attorneys and the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Women in Public Finance. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering with the Spokane Civic Theater and being outdoors, skiing, cross-training, hiking and riding motorcycles.

If elected Trustee, I look forward to the opportunity to advance the profession and work collaboratively with the members of the Bar Association to promote access to justice, integrity and equality in our legal community. I appreciate your consideration and sincerely thank you for this opportunity and your support.

Trustee – DEAN T. CHUANG – I am thankful and honored to be nominated to serve as a Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association. I was born in Walla Walla, WA and grew up in Tumwater, WA. I played soccer in high school, but rode the bench most of the time. The only time I got to play was when the varsity starters got arrested for stealing from the local soccer shop. I am a graduate of Whitman College, University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law. At Gonzaga University, I received a Army ROTC scholarship and I still serve in the Washington Army National Guard.  I am currently engaged in Criminal Defense work at Crary, Clark, Domanico & Chuang, P.S. I have been on several judicial evaluation committees and enjoy working as a volunteer lawyer on the unlawful detainer docket. Additionally, I serve on the Board of Governors for the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


If elected Trustee, I look forward to working and meeting with the many members of the Spokane Bar. I appreciate your consideration.


Trustee – KELLY E. KONKRIGHT – Thank you to the Nominating Committee for nominating me for the position of Trustee. I received my J.D. from the University of Idaho School of Law in 2002. I have practiced in Spokane County since that time in both the private and public sectors. I am currently a principal with Lukins & Annis, P.S., where my practice consists of general civil litigation with emphases in business, municipal law, civil rights, and family law litigation. I have served on several boards for local organizations, and am currently serving on the boards of KSPS Public Television and Spokane Breakers FC. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Spokane legal community and SCBA as a Trustee. Thank you for your consideration.

Trustee – HUNT M. WHALEY – My name is Hunt Whaley and I’m pleased to be nominated for a trustee positon with the Spokane County Bar Association. I’m a proud native of Spokane and come from a family of jurists for whom public service is paramount. My dad was a long time attorney with Winston & Cashatt, a Spokane County Superior Court judge, and a judge on the federal bench in the Eastern District of Washington, and my uncle is a Spokane County Public Defender. I have the privilege of working for the City Attorney’s Office in the civil division. Serving as a trustee would be an honor and a meaningful way to give back to our great legal community. When I’m not practicing law, I like hanging out with my son, daughter and wife, taking camping adventures and boating around North America! Thank you for your consideration.