Honorable Richard Leland

District Court Judge, Department 8, Courtroom 3

  • Current Assignment: Misdemeanors P - Z
  • Appointed: 2013; Elected: 2018, 2022
  • Judicial Assistant:   Liza Kovalenko , (509) 477-2916
  • Judicial Secretary: 509-477-2901

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

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

Judicial Experience

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

Professional Affiliations

  • District and Municipal Court Judges Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association: 24+ years, licensed in Idaho since 1990
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association: 24+ years, licensed in Washington since 1990

Organizations, Awards & Other

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

Personal Background

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

Judge Leland Reaching Out to You

  • Complaints, concerns, feedback (positive or negative)?
  • Do you have a good idea or suggestion that may assist in improving the District Court process?
  • Is there anything else you would like to share with Judge Leland?
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  • Would you like to participate in an advisory type meeting to assist Judge Leland?
  • Would you like to receive the District Court newsletter or other informative correspondence?
  • Would you like to sit in on a District Court proceeding to observe how the Court operates?
  • Would you, your children, or others like Judge Leland to coordinate a tour of District Court?

Contact Judge Leland at 509-477-2960, or by email.