THE OUTSTANDING JUDGE AWARD
honors distinguished service to the legal profession, the judiciary and the public in a profession – related activity.
The Honorable Charles J. Delaurenti, II, King County District Court
Judge Delaurenti, or "Chas" as he is affectionately known by, has been a King County District Court judge
since 1982. He grew up in the Renton community graduating from Renton high and attended Seattle University
undergraduate and Gonzaga law schools. He served as a former Supreme Court clerk and King
County prosecuting attorney before taking the bench.
Over the past 25 years, Judge Delaurenti has served the citizens of King County with intellect, energy, wisdom
and compassion. His courtroom has served as a training ground for hundreds of young defenders and
prosecutors. His court is considered by all litigants to be a place where justice was dispensed with great
professionalism, a quiet confidence and humility. But his service to the community reached far beyond the
Active in the District and Municipal Court Judges Association chairing various committees over the years
including the Board for Court Education, Judge Delaurenti has focused his energies from judicial education
to helping other judges. He is now chair of the Judicial Assistance Program, a program that is one-of-a kind
in the United States.
Barbara Harper is the director of the Lawyer Services Department of the WSBA. She works directly with
Judge Delaurenti on the committee and has remarked that he has taken the lead in forging a one of a kind
judicial assistance program that includes a model for peer counselor training provided by the WSBA. Ms.
Harper stated, "I have been particularly impressed by how tirelessly Judge Delaurenti has worked as we
have established the administration of the JASP. The model for the JASP has been in place as the Washington
State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP). Chas and the JAC made the decision to become part of the
LAP program, and to use the LAP rule of confidentiality APR 19 to fashion DRJ 14. Under Chas’ leadership
DRJ 14 was put in place and the first step toward a functioning judicial assistance program was ready to
serve District and Municipal Court and Superior Court Judges.
Chas Delaurenti was one of JASPS first peer counselors. He is always ready to step in and work with a
colleague who is experiencing personal or professional difficulties. My calls to Chas are always returned
with a warm inquiry as to "what can I do to be of help?" Chas is a real asset to a program which has as its
focus outreach and a helping hand to judicial officers in need of support. His kindnesses, and generosity of
spirit, permeate the good work being done in the JASP."