Updated: Oct. 24, 2019

Judicial Recommendation Committee

Committee Update: A decision was made earlier this month to suspend the Judicial Recommendation Committee process for the near term, as WSBA navigates its Open Public Meetings Act obligations. Unfortunately, this means that the Committee will be unable to interview candidates or provide ratings to the Governor. WSBA will post any updates to this page as soon as possible.

The WSBA Judicial Recommendation Committee screens and interviews candidates for state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court positions. Recommendations are reviewed by the WSBA Board of Governors and referred to the Washington state governor for consideration when making judicial appointments.

Please note that the WSBA does not forward Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaires to the Governor's Office; should there be a vacancy candidates are interested in being considered for, candidates must apply directly with the Governor's Office.

Judicial candidates are encouraged to visit the governor's website to learn more about judicial appointments. Many county, minority, and specialty bar associations also evaluate judicial candidates.

Committee Administration

Chair: Michiko Fjeld

WSBA Staff Liaison: Sanjay Walvekar

Vice Chair: Ken Henrikson

Board of Governors Liaisons: Alec StephensPaul Swegle