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Local lawyer Stefanie Ellis appointed superior court commissioner

Clark County Superior Court has appointed Stefanie Ellis as court commissioner, filling the position vacated by Jennifer Snider who was appointed in April as superior court judge.

Ellis has practiced law since 2007, and served as assistant city attorney for Vancouver, where she prosecuted criminal misdemeanor and domestic violence cases; judge pro tem for Clark County District Court; and most recently as owner and partner for Priest and Ellis, PLLC, according to a county news release and Ellis’ website. Her practice focuses on family law, including divorce, child custody, modifications and child support.

Ellis serves as treasurer for the Clark County Bar Association and previously served as president for the Family Law Section of the association, the news release says. She is an adjunct professor in Clark College’s paralegal program, and is involved in the Young Lawyers Section and local Washington Women Lawyers chapter, according to her website.

Ellis, who was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, received her bachelor’s degree in 2004 from Boise State University and her law degree in 2007 from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane.

Twenty people applied for the court commissioner position, said Jessica Gurley, superior court administrator, adding that there were many strong candidates.

Candidates were screened and narrowed down to five for interviews with the entire superior court bench May 30.

“It was an open and competitive process,” Gurley said. “The judges commented it was the (most competitive) pool that they’ve had in the last 15 years.”

Clark County’s Superior Court has 10 elected judges, three full-time judicially appointed court commissioners and one part-time court commissioner. It’s the trial court for felony cases and civil suits, and also has jurisdiction in adoption, probate, competency, divorce and juvenile cases. The superior court also hears appeals from district court decisions.

Court commissioners preside over domestic relations, juvenile and mental health cases, the county news release states.

Ellis will be sworn in July 8.

This story will be updated.


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