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Ratings Issued for 2017 Court of Appeals Election

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Contact:  Andrew Prazuch


SEATTLE -- The King County Bar Association has issued judicial ratings for the candidates running in a November 7 contested election for Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals. The incumbent is Judge Michael Spearman who is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified." The challenger is Nathan Choi who is rated "Refused to Cooperate."

“One of the components of KCBA’s mission is to work with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice,” said Andrew W. Maron, KCBA President. “Our ratings give the public an informed opinion of judicial candidates’ qualifications.”

Before issuing a rating, a panel of at least twelve experienced attorneys and non-attorneys convenes to review the candidate’s judicial questionnaire (a 14 page document created by the Governor's Office) and to consider the findings from confidential conversations with references provided by the candidate. The panel interviews the candidate in person for a half hour, allowing the candidate to make opening and closing statements before asking for clarification about information in the materials or from references.

"Exceptionally Well Qualified" is the bar's highest rating and is given to candidates who have singular accomplishments in professional practice, academic training, judicial career, or contributions to the profession; exceptional litigation, judicial, or administrative experience; outstanding personal and professional integrity and commitment to fairness in the administration of justice; and significant public service.

"Refused to Cooperate" is given to candidates who fail to submit the governor's questionnaire with career information and do not respond to requests to schedule an interview with the bar.

More information about judicial elections is available at and

Founded in 1886, KCBA is the largest voluntary bar association in the state of Washington, representing over 14,000 attorneys in King County including attorneys, judges, and law professors.  Its mission is to promote and support a diverse and collegial membership; work with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefit the community through public service and engagement in public policy.


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