San Juan Islander Rita Latsinova Announces Run for Court of Appeals
Rita Latsinova has more – and the greatest range – of Court of Appeals experience than any of her competitors, having spent the last 20 years focused on appellate cases. In addition to all levels of Washington appellate courts, she has appeared before the federal district court for the Western District of Washington, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and has handled cases before superior courts in Oregon, Iowa and New Hampshire.
Rita is running for the open seat on the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3 (Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties). The vacancy was created when Judge Mary Kay Becker of Bellingham announced her retirement after 24 years of distinguished service. Judge Becker is one of only two women of 10 judges on the Division 1 Court of Appeals, adding further encouragement to Rita’s decision to run.
She has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General to assist the State of Washington in several complex civil matters, both in the lower courts and on appeal. Rita’s pro bono work includes cases she handled as a cooperating attorney for Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice) regarding women’s reproductive rights; and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union regarding the long delays in processing citizenship applications for 500 legal immigrants.
Rita has worked as an associate attorney at Bogle and Gates (1994-1999), as an associate and partner at Dorsey and Whitney (1999-2003) and has been a partner at Stoel Rives since 2003.
Rita is the only candidate running for the Appeals Court from San Juan County. She and her family purchased land there in 2000, and the following year built a house and started spending as much time there as Rita’s work and their daughter’s school schedule allowed. Rita still works in Seattle during the week, commuting to and from San Juan twice a week. Her daughter attends Spring Street International School in Friday Harbor.