Whittier graduate and former civil deputy prosecutor Bernard Veljacic '94 was recently sworn in as a Superior Court Judge for Clark County in Washington State.
“Bernard’s diverse experiences and strong leadership qualities will help bring unique perspectives to the Clark County Superior Court,” said Governor Jay Inslee in a media statement. “He combines public service with deep compassion, and I know he’ll serve the people of Clark County well.”
Inslee cited Veljacic’s experience working as both a criminal prosecutor and a civil attorney as among the reasons for his decision to appoint him to the bench.The Governor commended Veljacic for his service to the community as co-founder and former director of the Union Gospel Mission Legal Services Clinic (now Open Door Legal Services) in Seattle and as a current member of the state’s Clemency and Parole Board.
Veljacic has also served on the Clark County Diversity Advisory Committee and been a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Character and Fitness Board. He joined the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in 2001.
“It’s an honor to receive the appointment from Governor Inslee,” said Veljacic. “I’m looking forward to getting to work for the people of Clark County.”
Veljacic earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Whittier College and a law degree from Seattle University.