About Lynden

Lynden Smithson for District Court Judge, Position #1

Dedicated to Justice! Focused on Service!

Dear Voters,

   I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and give you my background. For the past fifteen years, I have worked as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the City of Spokane. In that time, I have been in charge of the Domestic Violence Unit on multiple occasions. I have helped develop policy and procedure in the domestic violence arena for the entire county. I have developed and cultivated relationships with legal and service providing entities which helped to get necessary treatment for defendants and resources to victims. As a prosecutor, I gained crucial experience by taking over 20 cases to trial. Not only have I prosecuted domestic violence cases, but I have also prosecuted DUI’s, thefts and all other misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges brought by the City of Spokane. I am proud of the work I have done on behalf of the citizens of Spokane and I would like to bring my knowledge and skill-set to the District Court bench to further serve the citizens of Spokane County.

   Prior to working for the City, I worked for a small civil litigation firm. There, I learned the art of being a lawyer; including writing briefs and litigating matters in Spokane Superior court and extensive trial work. I was mentored by four of the best lawyers in Spokane and fought for the rights of our clients. We represented clients who had been harassed in the workplace based on sex, religion and political persuasion. We also had a thriving practice of representing people who had been sued for negligence. The skills I learned from attorneys such as Christine Weaver and Greg Devlin have stayed with me and make me uniquely qualified for the position I am pursuing.

   Earlier in my career, I had an opportunity to represent criminal defendants while I was employed by John Cooney and Associates. I handled a large volume of cases and had the duty of steering people through the court process and aiding them at one of the most frightening times in their lives. I learned early on in my career, the impact and severity of criminal charges and it has made me a better prosecutor this past fifteen years. I have sought to hold people accountable for their actions while not overstepping my duty to respect their rights under the law.

   I am also proud to let voters know that I have dedicated the past 15 years to the youth of Spokane by coaching soccer through several soccer clubs in town. I have coached teams from 5 years old all the way up through high school aged. I have viewed myself as a mentor to these youth and have tried to teach them life lessons through the sport of soccer. I am grateful to both FC Spokane and Eastern Washington Surf for the opportunity to coach and grow over the years. 

   This opportunity to run for judge is a culmination of 20 years in the practice of law. I have learned a great deal during that time and I would like to use my skills to better serve our community from the District Court bench.

   I would greatly appreciate your vote in November!