The Spokane County Bar Association releases findings for Judicial Candidates

(SPOKANE – October 8, 2018) The Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has released the results of the Judicial Candidates Evaluation Panel and Bar Poll. The results are as follows:


FINDINGS: (Panel/Bar Poll)


County Wide – District Court Judge 1

Patrick T. Johnson:                       Well Qualified/Well Qualified

Randy A. Brandt:                            Refused to Participate/Refused to Participate


Spokane Superior Court – Judge Position 10

Dennis (D.C.) Cronin:                    Refused to Participate/Qualified

Michelle (Shelley) Szambelan:    Exceptionally Well Qualified/Well Qualified


Nearly 50% of SCBA Members participated in the Bar Poll, which was conducted by Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. The poll measured legal ability, judicial temperament, integrity, relevant legal experience, and suitability.


The Panel is comprised of retired judges and attorneys representing criminal prosecution and defense, the Gonzaga School of Law, and a variety of private practices. The Panel interviewed candidates, reviewed candidate materials, Washington State Bar Association records, and took into consideration Bar Poll findings to come to its conclusions.


The Panel was led by SCBA President-Elect David Gardner. David states, “The SCBA is pleased to announce the results of the Judicial Candidates Evaluation Panel and Bar Poll.  We believe such peer review evaluations are essential for the community to better understand the qualifications of the candidates for the judiciary.”