Hon. Paul A. Bastine, J.D.

Hon. Paul A. Bastine

Retired Superior Court Judge, Spokane County Superior Court

After working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Volunteer Leader in Brazil, and then as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Spokane, Judge Bastine was appointed to the Spokane County Superior Court in 1995. He served as Presiding Judge for Spokane County Superior Court in 1998. In 1999, he became the first Family Law Judge dedicating his full judicial time to the administration of justice in family law. He served in that capacity in 1999-2000 and returned to that position in 2002 until he retired from full time judicial activity in January 2005. He continued as a pro-tem judge until January 2010. He continues to serve as a private trial judge and mediator.

Judge Bastine has been involved in various bar association activities but most particularly in access to justice efforts. He served as an initial member of the Access to Justice Board. He was appointed by the Washington Supreme Court to the Legal Foundation of Washington serving as President of that board. He served a trustee and President of the Spokane County Bar Association. He was appointed to the Practice of Law Board at its inception and served as vice-chairman until 2009. He currently serves on the board of TeamChild with his wife Jan. In September 2011, he was elected as Governor from the 5th District to the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association.

In 1995, Judge Bastine received the first annual Gonzaga Law School Distinguished Service Award. In 1998, he was awarded the Goldmark Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington. He received the Washington State Chapter of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter, Judge of the Year 2004 award. Gonzaga University School of Law presented Judge Bastine with the Distinguished Judicial Service Award on September 13, 2005.