Judge, Pierce County Superior Court
Jack F. Nevin served as a Pierce County District Court Judge from 1997-2013. Judge Nevin holds the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve. In that capacity, he serves in a “dual hatted” position, as Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and as Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Legal Command (Provisional).
Judge Nevin has served as an international resource for emerging democracies. His work in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Central America, South America and Africa has helped emerging democracies create effective justice systems to sustain and support a representative system of government.
His Army career has included tours of duty in Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and Hawaii. In 1999 Judge Nevin taught human rights in the east African country of Malawi, for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies. In 2001 Judge Nevin served as Presiding Judge for the Detention Review Commission, United Nations Command, Kosovo. In 2002 he assisted the government of El Salvador in establishing its first victim-witness assistance program. Most recently, Judge Nevin has focused his effort in the areas of post-conflict governance, where in both civilian and military roles he has worked in areas ranging from the development of ethnically neutral bar examinations in Kosovo, to judicial training in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the former Soviet Union. In 2005 he assisted the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina in development of a new criminal code. He has lectured in Argentina on the development of pubic disclosure legislation. His most recent endeavors have included contributing to a long-term project on reconstruction of the Iraqi Court System, including the development of specialty courts and probation/parole systems.
Judge Nevin is a 1996 graduate of the Air War College and 1998 graduate of the Army War College. Before his appointment to the Washington state bench in January of 1997, Judge Nevin’s practice focused on prosecution of organized criminal organizations, including investigation of public corruption. During his last six years of practice, he represented municipalities in civil rights litigation, including police misconduct and municipal tort liability.
Judge Nevin has lectured nationally for the National District Attorneys Association, National Association of Attorneys General, American Prosecutors Research Institute, Washington State Bar Association, Federal Bureau of Investigation and various state prosecutor organizations. He serves as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Washington State Judicial College. In 2002, Judge Nevin was chosen Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now Washington State Association for Justice). In 2006 Judge Nevin was chosen Washington State Judge of the Year by the Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association.
Judge Nevin has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels for approximately 27 years. He serves as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Seattle University School of Law.