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"Who Judges the Judges?"

Who Judges the Judges?

What recourse does a citizen have if he or she believes a judge is acting illegally or unethically? In Washington, our state constitution has established the Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct for dealing with such complaints and for ensuring public confidence in the competence and integrity of our judicial system.


The May 23 meeting of the Columbia Basin Badger Club will explore how this commission performs its duties. The forum will feature J. Reiko Callner, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and Walla Walla District Court Judge, Kristian Hedine, an Alternate Judge Member of the Commission.


J. REIKO CALLNER is the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct. She previously served the agency as its senior investigator.  Ms. Callner is a board member emeritus of the national Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel and is past Chair of the Washington State Human Rights Commission.  Ms. Callner worked as a prosecutor for ten years and has represented Child Protective Services. She has taught for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and has made presentations to a wide variety of public agencies and private organizations.  She has trained internationally on judicial ethics for multiple foreign governments.  She is a board member of the Olympia Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and active in other civil rights and cultural volunteer activities. Ms. Callner has an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a J.D. from the University of Washington. She was a law clerk for former State Supreme Court Justice Robert Utter.

KRISTIAN HEDINE (Alternate Judge Member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct) resides in Walla Walla County. Judge Hedine was elected as the part-time Walla Walla District Court Judge in 2010 and then as the full-time Walla Walla District Court Judge in 2014, the position he currently holds. He practiced law in Walla Walla starting in 1982, with an emphasis on business, employment and real estate law, after graduating from the University of Kansas Law School in 1982.  He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington granted in 1978.  While in private practice, he served as an adjunct investigative counsel for the Washington State Bar Association in connection with its disciplinary function. He was the Assistant City Attorney in Walla Walla from 1982 through 1995 and has also served as City Attorney for the cities of Waitsburg and Prescott. He is active in various committees with the District and Municipal Court Judges Association. Judge Hedine’s current term expires in 2021.

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Richland Shilo Inn
50 Comstock Street
Richland, WA  99352

Pat Turner
Lunch Meeting
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