(Tri-Cities, WA) The Washington State Bar Association announced its 2018 APEX (Acknowledging Professional Excellence) Award winners. Honorable Bruce Spanner was selected to receive the Outstanding Judge Award and Edwardo “Eddie” Morfin was selected to receive the Pro Bono and Public Service Award.
Judge Bruce Spanner presides in Superior Court in Benton and Franklin Counties. He was selected because of his devotion to equal justice under the law without bias or prejudice and his deep involvement in his community. He became judge in 2009 after 24 years of practicing law in the Tri-Cities area. He was a partner in the firm of Miller, Mertens & Spanner. at the time of his election. Judge Spanner graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. He has been active in Kiwanis, March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, Water Follies, Law Day and Bethel Church. He has served the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association as chair of its Technology Committee and as its representative on the project to implement the Odyssey case management system.
Eddie Morfin practices personal injury law and generously provides pro bono services to clients who cannot afford to hire an attorney, and helped start a yearly free legal advice clinic in Benton and Franklin Counties with the Benton-Franklin Legal Aid Society and the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, for low income clients who cannot afford legal services. In addition, he has volunteered extensively for the Latino/a Bar Association legal clinics, interned with the Northwest Justice Project, interned with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and volunteered with the Washington State Commission on Hispanics Affairs. He also served as a clerk to Judge Salvador Mendoza in 2014. He strives to be a mentor and an example for youth in his community. His guiding principles include his goal to be for his clients the type of attorney he himself would want to be represented by, and the idea that attorneys not only have a responsibility, but an obligation, to serve their communities.
The Washington State Bar Association’s annual APEX Awards honor legal luminaries across the state who champion justice, act with integrity and professionalism, and serve the public and their communities through the rule of law. The eleven 2018 APEX Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Seattle on September 27, 2018.