SCBA Membership Renewal Time Begins!


It’s that time of year again, the time for renewal of your annual membership in the SCBA. Our Association has undergone changes this past fiscal year, and we feel stronger, more creative and leaner than ever! We hope you will join us as we continue to grow and change with our growing needs. Keep an eye out for your annual renewal form, Lawyer Referral Service form and committee interest form. It’d be great to receive yours by to October 1, 2016.

We greatly appreciate your choosing to remain active in the SCBA and invite you to participate in any way you are able. Your membership dues are vital to the continued health and success of our organization, and we continue to provide value to each of you and our community. Feel free to copy your form for any potential new or returning SCBA member you meet! Thank you for taking time to promptly return your completed membership renewal form. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about our member benefits, feel free to contact any staff or Board member.



Spokane County Superior Court Accepting Applications for Commissioners Pro Tem

The Spokane County Superior Court is now accepting applications from those attorneys who wish to serve as Superior Court Commissioners Pro Tem. This is to supplement our current list through June 30, 2018.

All applicants must be attorneys in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association and must have been in practice for a minimum of five years with family law experience preferred. Any applicant who has received a bar complaint and/or been the subject of any disciplinary proceedings must so indicate and provide details. Similarly, any criminal history must be disclosed and explained. Per Court policy, a thorough criminal background investigation will be conducted on all applicants.

All successful applicants will serve at the pleasure of the Superior Court Judges until June 30, 2018.


Commissioners pro tem will be compensated at the rate of $300 per day ($150 per half day). At no additional compensation, commissioners pro-tem will be expected to participate in periodic training sessions and be subject to periodic evaluations. The judges make no commitments or promises as to the actual number of days a given commissioner pro tem might actually work during their term on the registry.

Existing commissioners pro tem do not need to reapply.

Letter applications should be sent to Ashley Callan, Superior Court Administrator, and must be received by her no later than the close of business on September 16, 2016. You may include the names and phone numbers for any references, but please do NOT include any actual written references or letters of recommendation.



Spokane County Board of County Commissioner's Advertise Vacancy Position on Spokane County District Court Bench


The Spokane County Board of Commissioners have adopted the following process/time frame in conjunction with making an appointment to fill the present vacancy on the Spokane County District Court:

Candidates seeking appointment must submit to the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners a completed Washington State Governor’s Office Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire.  A copy of the questionnaire is available in the offices of the Spokane County Bar Association, the Board of County Commissioners at 1116 W. Broadway Avenue, and on the Spokane County website beginning on Monday, August 15, 2016, at

Completed questionnaires must be received by the Clerk of the Board on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016.

All candidates will be asked to confirm that if appointed to fill a vacant position, they will file a declaration of candidacy for the position at the next regularly scheduled election for the full term of the position.

All candidates must satisfy the eligibility and qualifications set forth in RCW 3.34.060.

In addition, the Spokane County Bar Association through the Judicial Evaluation Panel has agreed to complete interviews and ratings consistent with its Judicial Evaluation Resolution and intends to submit ratings to the Board of County Commissioners on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016.  The Board of County Commissioners will determine at a later date when their interviews/deliberations will take place and an appointment made.



SCBA Polls Membership for
Superior Court Contested Races

The voting membership of the Spokane County Bar Association has been e-mailed a poll asking the voting membership to evaluate those candidates who've agreed to participate in the poll and are vying for the Spokane County Superior Court Judicial positions in two contested races.


To review the candidates' submitted statements and completed Washington State Governor's Office Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, click on the indivuduals names below: