David Boerner

David Boerner

Professor Emeritus

 Sullivan Hall 430


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  • Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Professional Responsibility


  • B.S., University of Illinois, 1962
  • L.L.B., University of Illinois School of Law, 1963


Professor Boerner currently serves as chair of the Board for Court Education, chair of the Washington Supreme Court’s Time for Trial Task Force, as well as serving as a member of the Washington Supreme Court's Jury Instruction Committee. He has also chaired the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the Washington State Bar Association. In addition, he lectures frequently for groups such as the Washington Criminal Justice Institute, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and the Federal Bar Association. He joined the faculty in 1981.



  • Sentencing in Washington: A Legal Analysis of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981(Butterworth Legal Publishers 1985).
  • Book Chapters
  • Ethical Concerns in Settlement Negotiations Involving Fee Shifting Statutes, in Attorneys Fees: Beyond the Dollars: Troubleshooting Problems Regarding Fee Agreements and Fee Awards (Washington State Bar Association 1988).
  • The Early Morning Line: A Preliminary Analysis of What Process is Due Under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1981, in Criminal Law and Procedure (CLE) (University of Washington 1983).


  • Sentencing Reform in the Other Washington, 28 Crime and Just. 71 (2001) (with Roxanne Lieb).
  • The Use of Offender: Characteristics in Guideline Sentencing, 9 Fed. Sentencing Rep. 136 (1996).
  • Sentencing Policy in Washington, Overcrowded Times, June 1995, at 1, reprinted in Sentencing in Overcrowded Times; A Comparative Perspective (Oxford University Press 1997).
  • Sentencing Guidelines and Prosecutorial Discretion, 78 Judicature 196 (1995).
  • Bringing Law to Sentencing, 6 Fed. Sentencing Rep. 174 (1993).
  • The Role of the Legislature in Guidelines Sentencing in the "Other Washington", 28 Wake Forest L. Rev. 381 (1993).
  • Confronting Violence: In the Act and in the Word, 15 U. Puget Sound L. Rev. 525 (1992).
  • Too Many Lawyers, Washington State Bar News, Apr. 1983, at 19. (with Fredric Tausend).