United States District Court for the
Western District of Washington
Bench Bar Committee on Social Security
Members: The Honorable Marsha J. Pechman, Senior District Judge; The Honorable Theresa L. Fricke, Magistrate Judge (Chairperson); Eric Smits; Victoria Chhagan; Mathew Pile; Kristin Johnson; Miguel Mendez-Pintado; Lara Major.
The Social Security Disability Bench Bar Committee is comprised of representatives from the Court, attorneys who specialize in Social Security practice for the plaintiffs’ bar, and government counsel from the Office of General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney’s Civil Division. The Committee is a problem-solving sounding board and serves as an advisory group to help the Court implement and obtain feedback about proposed changes to protocols. This Committee also collaborates with the Social Security disability legal community to host Continuing Legal Education events.