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10/03/2017: "Three Who Would Be Judge"


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(L to R: Jon Cain, Katie Loring & Ria Latsinova)


Judge Eaton has come up against a mandatory retirement age, and so will be stepping down on the last day of December of this year as the San Juan County Superior Court Judge. As a result of the timing, the governor is charged with appointing a new judge for the county.

There are now three applicants for the job, Jonathan Cain, Katie Loring and Margarita Latsinova.

Both Loring and Cain are well known in San Juan County, but Latsinova is from Seattle, and plans to move here with her family, and hopes to be the new judge when she arrives.


The following are briefs -in alphabetical order- of the experience, education, and interests, of the three candidates, drawn from the internet, web pages and submissions to The Island Guardian.


Jonathan (Jon) Cain has worked for ten years in the prosecutors’ office, and is the Senior Deputy Prosecutor (Civil) in San Juan County.

He obtained his law degree magna cum laude from Seattle University; he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego. He has lived on San Juan Island with his wife and children since 2006.

Cain is active in the community; he currently is president of San Juan Soccer (also known as Friday Harbor FC) and has often coached youth sports and high school mock trial teams, and is a member of Rotary.


Margarita (Rita) Latsinova is a partner of Stoel Rives, practicing in the Litigation group. Her experience includes complex commercial litigation, constitutional law, class actions, international arbitration and general appellate practice in state and federal courts.

She attended Seattle University School of Law, J.D., 1994, cum laude; Editor, Seattle University Law Review, and also the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, Russia B.A., 1982, cum laude, and proficient in French and Russian.

She received a ranking in the 2015 U.S. News �" Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" survey, and as been admitted the bar in Washington; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

She is a coauthor of at least three books on art Visions of the Soviet Land, Still Life in Russian art; and Andrei Rublev (Master of World Painting.


Kathryn (Katie) Loring has practiced law in San Juan County since 2008. Prior to that, she served as a judicial clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst and then practiced law at the Perkins Coie firm in Seattle.

She attended Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004, Order of the Coif; Symposium Editor, Boston College Law Review. College: University of Rochester, B.S. in environmental science, magna cum laude, 2001, Phi Beta Kappa.

Katie's practice emphasizes civil litigation in all aspects of real estate and land use, contracts, and family law. In addition, Katie's practice includes estate planning, estate administration, and probate; and real estate, land use, and business transactions

Katie has been actively involved in the community since moving here, including through leadership roles in Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, the SJ Islands Agricultural Guild, and in Leadership SJ Islands, and she currently serves on the boards of trustees of the S J Island Library District and the SJ County Law Library.

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