There are few matters as significant as the composition of the bench. Informed voter choices thus depend to a significant degree on information provided in sources such as voter pamphlets and this paper.
Because the two “blurbs” about James Schoenberger, a candidate for Superior Court judge, Position 13, contain arguably inconsistent and incomplete information, I write this letter because it is critical for Pierce County voters to know the breadth and depth of his experience.
During his 30-year-plus law career, in addition to having been a defense attorney for the past nine years, he has been both a civil litigator and a federal prosecutor. As a federal prosecutor, Schoenberger was on the legal team that prosecuted the savings and loan cases of the 1980s. With his colleagues, he recovered millions from corrupt financial institutions.
Schoenberger has practiced in state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal, and has represented both individuals and corporations in cases involving torts, contract, family law and real estate issues.
He also designed programs such as the Integrated Accounting System for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He has never been involved in computer maintenance but rather, as a systems analyst.
Informed voter choices require accurate information. This paper has performed an important public service by ensuring that the public receives thorough and reliable information.
Schoenberger’s substantial and varied legal experience would make him an excellent addition to the Pierce County Superior Court bench.
(Corey is a Tacoma attorney.)