I read the extensive report (TNT, 7-1) regarding our Superior Court judges and court commissioners. Thank you for the comprehensive effort. However, concerning Judge Kathryn J. Nelson, another view is crucial.
I have practiced law in Tacoma for almost 35 years, and I knew Nelson when she was a practicing attorney and have appeared before her in cases since she has been a Superior Court judge. At no time have I found her to be limited, confusing, unprepared, equivocal in rulings or the like. She expects attorneys, and our clients, to be prepared at all times.
Nonetheless, as human beings we have days when we may not be at the top of our game. Nelson is no different.
Parenthetically, the voters of Pierce County should be proud of the Superior Court judge we elected who is no longer with us and who, I believe is the best judge before whom I have ever appeared in any court system – Donald H. Thompson. He was stellar and a jurist to emulate by any attorney aspiring to become a judge.
Our voters can elect excellent judges, and this can be accomplished by coming to court and observing, talking to attorneys, serving on juries, and taking information from a survey such as the present one and following-up by doing more investigation.
(Lopez is a Lakewood attorney.)