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Outstanding Judge Award: Judge Ricardo Martinez

June 2021 Bar Bulletin

By Mike Wampold

The recipient of the KCBA 2020–2021 Outstanding Judge Award was a clear choice: Ricardo Martinez, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Although King County has many fine jurists, one star shined brightest in the last year. Judge Martinez served as Chief Judge during one of the most fraught times in this District’s history. As of 2020, out of the seven judicial positions in the Western District, five judges had transitioned to senior status. As if that situation was not difficult enough, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With the cooperation of his fellow district court judges, Judge Martinez...

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