01/09/2011: "New President For SJC Bar"
Attorney Carla J. Higginson has passed the presidency of the San Juan County Bar Association to Friday Harbor attorney Kathryn C. Loring (photo left) of the Law Offices of Skinner & Saar, PS.
Carla Higginson has been in active practice in Friday Harbor for the past 31 years, held the position of president for three consecutive years, from 2008 through 2010, and also served as the Bar Association president for two terms in the 1980s. In the past 31 years, no other attorney has served longer in this position.
During Carla’s tenure as president, she oversaw the swearing-in ceremony in February 2008 for San Juan County’s first Superior Court Judge, John O. Linde, the subsequent dedication of the San Juan County Superior Courtroom to the memory of Judge Linde by the County Council at the recommendation of the San Juan County Bar Association after Judge Linde’s untimely death in December 2009, and conducted a judicial evaluation poll to aid the Governor in her eventual selection of Donald E. Eaton as San Juan County Superior Court Judge to fill the vacancy in that position. Each year she also coordinated the Friday Harbor High School mock trials and served as the mock trials judge.
“It was my privilege to serve as president of the San Juan County Bar Association during such an historical period for this county,” Carla commented. “We have a very well-qualified and professional group of attorneys in our county and I was honored to be at the head of such a fine group of people. However, I could never have imagined the joy and the terrible sorrow that the past three years would bring.”
Katie Loring joined the Friday Harbor office of the Law Offices of Skinner & Saar as an associate attorney in 2008. She graduated from Boston College Law School in 2004 and clerked for the Honorable Mary Fairhurst of the Washington Supreme Court from 2004-2005. Katie practiced law in Seattle at Perkins Coie LLP prior moving to Friday Harbor in 2008.
Katie has been active in the San Juan County Bar Association since moving here. Additionally, Katie is active in Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and in Leadership San Juan Island, and has served on the boards of each organization.
Katie is looking forward to her term as president of the San Juan County Bar Association, during which time she will oversee the Bar Association’s pro bono program and family law seminar, and will coordinate the Bar Association’s participation in the Friday Harbor High School mock trial program. As Bar Association president, she also will serve as a liaison to the San Juan County Law and Justice Council.