Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee

The ABAW is a proud member of the Washington State Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee (JAJEC). Created in July 2006 to simplify and streamline the judicial evaluation process, JAJEC includes members from ABAW, the Korean American Bar Association (KABA), the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW), Filipino Lawyers of Washington (FLOW), Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW), and the Vietnamese American Bar Association (VABAW). Click here to read the JAJEC bylaws, updated as of March 1, 2021

The JAJEC was created in part to ensure that judicial candidates are aware of and consider the issues important to the Asian Specialty Bars.
 All of our ratings are available to the public to educate voters of those candidates who meet the qualifications to serve on the judiciary as defined by the Asian Specialty Bars.

We evaluate individuals seeking either appointment or election to judicial office. We evaluate candidates for a variety of judicial positions, including: municipal and district courts, superior courts, superior court commissioner seats, courts of appeals, and the Washington Supreme Court.

We do NOT endorse candidates for judicial office. Rather, we evaluate candidates by providing the public with our ratings. Candidates may be rated as follows:
A candidate may be rated exceptionally well qualified (EWQ), well qualified (WQ), qualified (Q), or not qualified (NQ) based on various factors including his or her integrity, fairness, legal ability, and demonstrated commitment to equal justice. The JAJEC Chairs notify the Applicant of the rating within two days by phone or mail. This rating is valid for three years and ratings for candidates actively seeking positions are posted on this website. Although a rating is made public, all information disclosed by the Applicant or the Applicant’s references and all discussions of the Committee are kept confidential.

1. Contact the current JAJEC Chairs, Min Kang and Ron Park of KABAW at
 In your e-mail, please:

a. Indicate the position(s) you are seeking; 

b.  Submit a current resume; and

c. Attach an electronic copy (Word format please) of any one of the following judicial questionnaires (along with any supplements, including writing samples):

(i). Washington State Bar Association
(ii). King County Bar Association 
(iii). Governor’s Office Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire.
If you have more than one of the above, the Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire is preferred.

2. Once the electronic copy of the application is received, you will be sent a letter via e-mail scheduling the date and time for your interview. You will also receive an electronic copy of the bylaws that govern the process and a roster of JAJEC members.

3. Interviews are held once a month on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interviews are scheduled no earlier than three weeks after receipt of the completed application.  All interviews are held during the evening.

It is strongly encouraged that candidates submit their applications for a JAJEC rating several months in advance of the Governor's deadline to ensure sufficient time to schedule an interview and receive a timely rating. However, candidates seeking a rating from JAJEC pursuant to a Notice of Vacancy from the Governor's office must provide the committee chair with their request for rating and their materials at a minimum 30 days before the deadline for submission of the rating to the Governor's Office of General Counsel or one week prior to the deadline for submission of the application to the Governor’s Office, whichever is earlier.

Rating Letters for Judicial Candidates:
Q = Qualified 

WQ = Well qualified

EWQ = Exceptionally well qualified

NR = Not Rated (insufficient info to rate)

NQ = Not Qualified

Current Ratings 2023

Candidate Position Sought Rating
Michael MohandesonSnohomish County Superior CourtEWQ
Melissa Haney Spokane County Superior CourtWQ
Laura AnglinWashington State Supreme Court Q
Laura Anglin Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. III
Erica RobertsSpokane County Superior Court 
Erica Roberts Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. IIIQ
Jeremy WoodKing County District Court Q
Jeremy WoodKing County Superior Court 
Gretchen VerhoefWashington State Court of Appeals, Div. IIIEWQ 
Nathan SuggSnohomish County District Court WQ 
Paul CrisalliKing County Superior Court WQ 
Judge Diana KieselPierce County Superior Court EWQ 
Veronica QuinonezKing County Superior Court
Judge Matthew York King County Superior CourtEWQ 
Jessica NessSnohomish County District CourtEWQ
John Cooney Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. IIIWQ 
Bob LangbehnSnohomish County Superior Court
Brandon MackJefferson County Superior Court 
Mindy WalkerKing County Superior CourtQ
Mindy Walker Pierce County Superior CourtQ
Mindy Walker  Kitsap County Superior Court WQ
Mindy Walker  Jefferson County Superior Court WQ
Justice Steven Gonzalez Washington State Supreme Court EWQ
Neil Horibe Pierce County Superior Court Q
Duffy Graham Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. I
Jared Boswell Yakima County Superior Court Q
Judge Andrea L. Bell Pierce County Superior Court WQ
James M. Whisman Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. I WQ
Judge Raul R. Martinez King County District Court EWQ
Judge Cadine L. Ferguson-Brown Mason County Superior Court EWQ
Deanna Crull Spokane County Superior Court Q
Anne Egeler Thurston County Superior Court EWQ
Bardi Martin King County District Court Q
Justin P. Walsh King County District Court EWQ
Justin P. Walsh King County Municipal Court EWQ
Justin P. Walsh King County Superior Court WQ
Justin P. Walsh Local Tribal Courts Q
Sergio Cueva Flores Tacoma Municipal Court Q

Download the ratings through 2021 and  2022.

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