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1100 West Mallon
Spokane, WA 99260
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District Court, Spokane, WA - Department

Honorable Richard Leland

Judge Richard Leland

 District Court Judge
 Broadway Center Bldg.,Courtroom 202

 Current Assignment

Civil/Small Claims/Adult Name Change



 Judicial Assistant

Johnny Shaw; 509.477.2988



 Department 8


  Educational Background:

  •   Law Degree:  Gonzaga University, Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1989 (cum laude).
  •   Undergraduate Degree:  Washington State University, B.A. Economics, 1976
  •  Other Professional:  Judicial College, January, 2014; Professional Legal Continuing Education, over 500 hours. 

Professional Experience:

  •  Private Attorney. 1990- Current (24+ years) [significant business law, family law, and litigation experience]
  • Financial Experience.   Farm Credit System, 1976-1987 [significant financial and administrative experience].

Judicial Experience:

  •  Spokane County District Court Judge (full-time) (2013- current).
  •  Spokane County District Court Judge (pro-tem or substitute) (7+ years).
  •  Moot Court Student Judging Competitions, Gonzaga University.

 Professional Affiliations:

  •  Washington State Bar Association (licensed in Washington since 1990) (24+ years)
  •  Idaho State Bar Association (licensed in Idaho since 1990)(24+ years).
  • Spokane County Bar Association (important local affiliation).
  •  District and Municipal Court Judges Association (important professional affiliation).

Organizations, Awards, and Other:

  •  Civic Involvement Example: United Way “Loaned Executive”
  •  Youth Coaching (boys and girls): Little League, SYSA, AAU, School (8+ years).
  •  Church Involvement: Church School Teacher (8+ years).
  •  Community Directorships: Little League; Lewis County Mental Health.
  •  Outside Community Speaking:   Toastmasters since 1991 (23+ years).
  • Athletic Participation: 1988 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials; Track & Field at W.S.U.  
  • Selected Awards: Toastmaster International Competitions; “Partner in Justice Award”, Lutheran Community Services, 2014.

Personal Background:

  •  Marriage: 1991 (23+ years).
  •  Children: son attending Gonzaga University, and daughter attending Whitworth University.
  •  The Leland Family Extended: Well established extended family in the Spokane area since early 1900’s.

Judge Leland Reaching Out to You:

  1.  Do you have a good idea or suggestion that may assist in improving the District Court  process?
  2.  Would you like to sit in on a District Court proceeding to observe how the Court operates?
  3.  Would you like Judge Leland to speak to your civic or community group?
  4.  Would you like Judge Leland to speak to your local school or a child’s classroom?
  5.  Would you, your children, or others like Judge Leland to coordinate a tour of District Court?
  6.  Would you like to participate in an advisory type meeting to assist Judge Leland?
  7.  Would you like to receive the District Court newsletter or other informative correspondence?
  8.  Complaints, concerns, feedback (positive or negative)?
  9.  Is there anything else you would like to share with Judge Leland?
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