Jennifer Snider chosen as Clark County judge

first_imgWashington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Jennifer Snider to replace retiring Clark County Superior Court Judge James Rulli, his office announced Tuesday.Snider, 48, of Vancouver has served as a full-time Clark County Superior Court commissioner since August 2013.“With more than five years at the Clark County Superior Court, Jennifer has a deep understanding of the court’s operations, and she has earned an excellent reputation among her peers,” Inslee said in a written statement. “I am pleased that she will bring her sound judgment and experience to the bench.”Snider was one of six candidates vying for judicial appointment to Rulli’s seat, which he will vacate May 1. She was overwhelmingly favored for the position by the Clark County Bar Association. Out of 213 respondents in its preference poll, 123, or about 57.75 percent, said Snider was their “choice” for Rulli’s replacement.“I (am) very happy and honored to be selected for this position,” Snider said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Obviously, I’m taking over some very big shoes. (Rulli) is a beloved member of the bench and the community, so my hope is that I’m able to continue the legacy that he’s created in his department — and that really goes to him being really fair and compassionate.”In her current role, Snider presides over any business of the court assigned by the judges. She was primarily assigned to juvenile offender and family law matters for nearly five years. More recently, she was added to the dependency rotation, where she has trial settings three days a week and a full day of review hearings and motions, in addition to Family Treatment Court.last_img

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