Spokane Municipal Court Judge Logan Honored

Judge Mary Logan receives Judicial Leadership Award

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 9:36 a.m.

Spokane Municipal Court Judge Mary Logan, an integral member of the City’s Community Court program, has been honored with the 2015 Access to Justice Judicial Leadership Award. Judge Logan was recognized by the Washington State Access to Justice Board.

The award recognizes the judiciary’s significant leadership role in improving access to the justice system for those who face economic and other significant barriers. Logan was presented with the award Saturday, June 13 at the Access to Justice Conference in Wenatchee. She said she shared the award with the Community Court services providers and attorneys.

“I feel fortunate to be involved with work that contributes to bringing humanity to a system that is not recognized as humane, to lower barriers to assist people gain some trust in a system that generally deals with them as “cases” and not persons, and to have the opportunity to assure people they can make changes in their lives that better their worlds, all in keeping public safety at the forefront of our work,” said Logan. “And then to have this work recognized in this light is extraordinary. I can only hope to continue to live up to the honor of this recognition.”

Judge Logan was nominated by Community Court City Public Defender Francis Adewale and Community Court City prosecutor Adam Papini.

“We have worked with Judge Logan, in various capacities, for more than a decade,” said Adewale and Papini in their nomination letter, “and we could say without any equivocation that her passionate commitment to our justice system and access to justice in particular has made a definite impact on our communities in Eastern Washington.”

Judge Mary Logan has been practicing law for over 27 years as a licensed attorney in California and in Washington. As a Judge, she was elected Presiding Judge of the Spokane Municipal Court from 2009 through 2014. Among Logan’s many accomplishments, she is one of the “core engineers” of the City of Spokane’s Community Court and presides over the City’s Veteran’s Therapeutic Court. She has also been involved in the nationally recognized Street Law Program as an instructor at a local high school.

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