For over a decade now I have represented immigrant clients, most in hearings before immigration trial and appellate judges. These administrative judges have almost all held a prosecutorial role before being appointed, and it shows. The few who have been in a defense role, as well, are better able to judge fairly because they’ve seen that side of the equation. Having seen this play out in case after case, I believe strongly that the best candidate for a judicial position has been both a prosecutor and a defender. So I will be voting for Steve Brandli.
I believe that three years of experience after law school is simply insufficient to be a judge. This position requires a level of experience and maturity that grows slowly, and requires exposure to a great number of situations that simply cannot be experienced in only three years. Life experience matters when judging a matter fairly, as does professional experience. Law school was a tremendous educational period for me, but it is the decade of practice that has truly formed my legal mind, and I expect the same is true of the two candidates for district court judge. So I will be voting for Steve Brandli.
Carolyn Jewett will have my vote if she gains experience as a defense attorney, or in a similar position, and runs again in several years. I wish her well, and I believe she will do well. Today, however, it’s not her day. Not yet. So I will be voting for Steve Brandli.