Date:  3:30-5:30 PM; 6:00-8:00 PM, June 2, 2012

Location:  Smith Center for Undergraduate Learning, Room 202, Washington State University; Banyan's on the Ridge restaurant, Pullman, Washington

Event:  Panel Discussion and Banquet

Partners:  Thomas Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, Whitman County Bar Association, Whitman County Gazette, Washington State Bar Association, The Daily News

In conjunction with the 2012 Council of the League of Women Voters of Washington, the League of Women Voters of Pullman will host a program on June 2, 2012, exploring judicial diversity in the state.  A free public panel, "The Need for a Diverse Judiciary in the State of Washington will take place from from 3:30-5:30 PM, will feature Washington Supreme Court Justice Stephen Gonzales; Spokane Appellate Court Judge Laurel Siddoway; Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell of Benton-Franklin County; District Court Judge Douglas Robinson of Whitman County; and Dr. James Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government, Washington University in St. Louis.  The panel will be moderated by Dr. Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas Foley Institute at Washington State University.

Following the panel, Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins will address the Council banquet as keynote speaker on judicial independence at Banyan's on the Ridge restaurant in Pullman.  Free bus transportation from the panel will be provided.  Professor Nicolas Lovrich of Washington State University will moderate questions from the audience.   $25 paid registration is required for the dinner portion of the banquet (contact, but the speech itself will be free and open to the public.

Panel video is available here