2015 Board of Governors Elections

Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) are up for election in 2015. These are the governors representing the 1st, 4th, 5th and 7-South congressional districts, and an at-large position representing new and young lawyers. The three-year term of office begins Sept. 19, 2015.


The four district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, a member is entitled to vote in the congressional district in which they reside. All out-of-state active WSBA members are eligible to vote in the district of the address of their agent within Washington for the purpose of receiving service of process as required by APR 5(f), or, if specifically designated to the executive director, within the district of their primary Washington practice.

The WSBA will use an electronic voting system, and members with email addresses on file will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 16, 2015, and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 15, 2015. If you haven’t received an electronic or email ballot, please contact the WSBA Service Center at questions@wsba.org or 1-800-945-WSBA. Paper ballots for district elections will be mailed upon request, beginning March 16, 2015, and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on April 15, 2015.

Your district is listed next to your home address in myWSBA under "My Contact Info," or you can click on the Washington State Legislature website, enter your home address (or, if you live out-of-state, your agent-of-service address), choose "Congressional," click on "Find My District," then click on the map next to the symbol marking your address.


Meet the Candidates


BOG District Candidates

Click on the candidate's name for a brief biography. Candidate statements will be included on the ballots.

District 1:

District 4:

District 5:

District 7S:


District positions:
Any active member except one previously elected to the BOG may be nominated or may self nominate and run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote. The nomination period has closed for 2015 district seats.

At-large position:
The Young Lawyers Committee shall nominate two or more candidates who will be young lawyers as defined in Section XII of the WSBA Bylaws at the time of the election. Nomination deadline is April 17, 2015.

Becoming a Candidate

At-large seat for new and young lawyers:

The deadline to run for the new and young lawyer at-large position is 5 p.m. PDT on April 17, 2015. The at-large governor for new and young lawyers will be elected by the BOG at its June 12, 2015, meeting in Wenatchee.

In addition to the nomination form, candidates for the young lawyer at-large position should include a letter of interest and a resume. Candidates may submit letters of support to supplement their nomination. If you have questions, contact Sue Strachan at barleaders@wsba.org or 206-733-5903.

More Information

Learn more about what is involved in serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.

Biographical statements for district candidates

Peter H. Arkison, Bellingham

I graduated from the University of Detroit, B.S. management, and J.D. After passing the bar exam, there was a little over 3.5 years as an Army JAG officer with duty stations at Fort Hood, TX and Ft. Lewis, WA. After the Army, I moved to Bellingham, where I opened my own office. A few years of general practice led to many years of primarily bankruptcy, during which I spent 36 years as a Trustee in Chapter 7 cases, in addition to my bankruptcy practice. My litigation experience resulted in many reported decisions, including several at the 9th Circuit.

In Executive Benefits v. Arkison, ____ U.S. _____, (2014), I am both a party and one of the attorneys.

Stephen Frost, Kirkland

I have been a practicing attorney in Washington for about 40 years.

I graduated from the University of Washington in 1972, majoring in Political Science. I graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1975 and passed the Washington and Alaska Bar exams shortly thereafter.

I have practiced law in Anchorage, AK and Seattle, WA.

I am a trial attorney specializing in family law, probate and criminal matters.

I have argued before the Alaska Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Past memberships include trial and criminal lawyers associations. I am married with three grown sons and two grandchildren.

Kim Risenmay, Redmond

I hold Washington licenses as both attorney and CPA. I offer to WSBA and the legal community a wide range of professional experience: first, as a tax partner in a major Seattle law firm, Bogle & Gates; then as the State Tax Consulting Partner for a Big Four accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, where I led a team of 15-22 lawyers and accountants serving tax clients in seven northwestern states; then as a senior of-counsel attorney for the Stoel Rives law firm; and now in my own, one-man law firm. This experience helps me serve the full spectrum of WSBA bar members.

Douglas E. McKinley, Jr., Richland

Doug McKinley has practiced law for 24 years in Eastern Washington and in various federal courts across the United States. He is admitted and has practiced before the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts in Washington, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to trial and appellate work, he has previously served as general counsel for businesses in Central Washington ranging from small, high-tech startups to his role as senior intellectual property counsel with the region’s largest employer, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

William D. Pickett, Yakima

I was born and raised in Yakima. I received my law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1997; I also received a LL.M degree from Temple University in 2007. I am also a graduate of the Trial lawyers College in Dubois, WY. My practice involves Civil Rights/Police Misconduct and Personal Injury. I have been married to Laura for 25 years. We have three children; Jack, Grant and Maddie. It is my desire to be constantly growing as a lawyer and human being. I’d be honored to represent all members of the 4th Congressional District.

J.J. Sandlin, Yakima

Felony defense; plaintiff personal injury practice, agribusiness litigation; property and commercial litigation; civil rights claims.

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; J.D., Tulane University; member WSAJ; licensed before U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit, Federal Court of Claims, Eastern and Western Dist. of WA, U.S. District Court; WSSC.

Married, with many children, residing in Yakima County, limiting practice to Washington residents, usually Fourth Congressional District clients.

Intend to promote more programs to enhance the camaraderie of the old-time Bar Association, including annual bar conventions, programs designed to promote the collegiality of the bar membership, and to focus on the development of professionalism.

Mark Casey, Spokane

1975-1979 Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

1979-1980 Assistant Attorney General – Department of Labor and Industries

1980-present Private practice representing injured workers, family law, criminal defense and personal injury.

In the mid ninety’s I served six years on the Board of Trustees of the Spokane County Bar Association culminating as president in 1998-1999. Over the years I have served on several WSBA Boards and Committees, twice serving on the Judicial Recommendation Committee.

In addition to my Bar Association activities, I have served on several community boards and commissions including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Spokane Park Board and the Spokane Regional Sports Commission.

I have no set agenda with regard to my service on the Board of Governors and would only hope to work with my fellow governors to serve the needs of the profession.

Angela M. Hayes, Spokane

Angela Hayes has served as in-house legal counsel for Associated Industries in Spokane since 2009, where among other things, she provides training and advising on a variety of employment and labor related issues. Prior to joining the Association, Ms. Hayes was a managing principal at Randall|Danskin where her practice emphasized medical negligence defense. A Spokane native, Ms. Hayes earned her undergraduate degrees in English and Communication (U of W), and a bachelor of science in Nursing (WSU). She graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga Law School in 1998. Ms. Hayes has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2003 and was a Spokane County Bar trustee from 2003-2005 and 2009-2011.

Ed Johnson, Spokane

I am a lifelong resident of Spokane, and graduated from WSU and Gonzaga. My legal work over the past 35 years has focused on civil litigation of all flavors, from construction and employment law to commercial and personal injury. I have enjoyed a long association with our local bar association’s Volunteer Lawyer Program, both as a volunteer and a member of its advisory board, and I have previously served the WSBA as a committee member and chair. Outside of work, I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, watersports, and snowmobiling.

Gloria Ochoa, Colbert

Gloria is currently employed with the City of Spokane as Director of Local Government and Multi-Cultural Affairs and is a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet. She is Chair of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Gloria serves on the WSBA Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board, Spokane County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee, Washington Initiative for Diversity Governing Council, and is co-chair of the Spokane Youth and Justice Forum. She is Alum of the 2005 Washington Leadership Institute and 2015 Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy. She is the recipient of the LBAW 2014 Model of Excellence Award.

James K. Doane, Seattle

The opportunity to serve on the Board of Governors is humbling.

Current: Corporate Counsel, Costco Wholesale; Chair, Corporate Counsel Section; Chair, Diversity/Pro Bono, Association of Corporate Counsel, WA Chapter; VP/Trustee, The Rainier Club.

Past: Partner, Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates); foreign legal consultant, Tokyo; law clerk, Washington State Court of Appeals; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Waseda University, Tokyo, and Harvard College.

Personal: Married to Yumi; two grown children. My mother was a waitress and spoke Japanese and English to me and my three sisters while raising us in the inner city, and suburbs of Seattle.

George S. Lundin, Seattle

Mr. Lundin has been an active attorney in good standing in the WSBA for over 50 years. He is also a long standing Magnolia resident. Mr. Lundin has served the WSBA as a Hearings Officer. Mr. Lundin graduated from Carleton College and the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Laird Bell Scholar. Mr. Lundin has served as a Legal Officer on staff of the Admiral of the 13th Naval District in Seattle. He has worked at the US Justice Department as an Assistant US Attorney. Mr. Lundin still maintains a practice in the South Lake Union area. Mr. Lundin has a level head and would make a good candidate for the BOG.

Elizabeth René, Seattle

If you live in the 7th South District, I want to be your voice at the WSBA, and to make sure your needs and concerns as lawyer members are addressed. The Board of Governors should be approachable and accessible, and I want to make that ideal a reality.

I’ve had two careers since joining the WSBA in 1980 – one as a government lawyer practicing many areas of law, and one in lay ministries – so my focus is cross-disciplinary and my interests are wide-ranging. Now, I come with a new lawyer’s excitement and a veteran’s historical perspective.

Let me serve you.






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