As a member of the Loren Miller Association, an organization of African-American legal professionals in Washington state, DWT partner Portia Moore has been helping lead the revival of a judicial evaluation committee, which now meets bi-monthly in DWT’s Seattle offices. "We need diverse members of the community on the bench," says Moore, "and judges who are sensitive to the needs of the diverse people who’ll come before them." The committee has begun interviewing and issuing ratings—from “not qualified” to the coveted "exceptionally well qualified"—for candidates for Superior Court, Court of Appeal, and state Supreme Court positions. "It’s becoming a highly sought-after recommendation," Moore says.

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