LETTER: Help retain Brian Coughenour as Clallam Superior Court judge

I am an attorney retired from the active practice of law.

I am supporting Brian Coughenour’s retention as Superior Court judge.

These are my reasons:

In the past, Brian and I were on opposite sides of several cases.

I found him a determined advocate and a formidable adversary.

In 1992, Brian and I began a professional association, conducting our respective law practices at the Peace House in Port Angeles.

I observed first-hand and on a daily basis his outstanding professional work habits.

His practice was varied and extensive.

Brian has judicial experience as a Lower Elwha Klallam tribal judge, a judge pro tem in both the District Court and Superior Court of Clallam County, and as Superior Court judge.

His judicial experiences have extended through the breadth of those courts’ proceedings, criminal as well as civil.

He faced and resolved complex issues of law.

He readily utilized his skills and experience to resolve conflicts with fairness.

In summary, I have known Brian Coughenour as an adversary, an advocate, an associate and a decision-maker.

I also know him as a good friend.

He has always worked hard personally and professionally.

He has a wide variety of professional experiences.

When added to his common sense and his overall sense of fairness, these experiences have given him the tools needed to be an effective judge.

I hope you will join me in voting to retain Brian Coughenour as our Superior Court judge.

Joseph B. Lavin,

Port Angeles