Richard Leland

Department 8
Title: District Court Judge
Phone: 509-477-2960
Richard Leland

 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 1900s.

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