For a judge, lawyer, or bar applicant an allegation of wrongdoing can be devastating. In addition to any consequences that might flow directly from a criminal conviction, such professionals face the loss of their ability to make a living, to practice their chosen profession, and often to fulfill their life’s passion. When the Commission on Judicial Conduct (CJC) or Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) come calling, Casey Stamm is prepared to aggressively respond.
Too often in these contexts, where evidentiary rules may be relaxed and the respondent may not have the ability to remain silent without suffering an adverse inference, the focus on proof and trial practice can be lost. Importantly, the CJC bears the burden of proving the alleged basis for judicial discipline. Likewise, the WSBA must prove misconduct before discipline can be imposed. Ms. Stamm fights to hold those agencies to their burdens bringing the same focus she applies in her criminal cases to those disciplinary cases involving similar allegations. She looks first to the ability of the disciplinary authority to prove the misconduct carefully examining their evidence (or the lack thereof) so that her clients can make informed decisions about how to most effectively maintain their ability to practice their chosen profession.