CHARLES TOWN – An area judge has been honored as judge of the year by a state organization representing trial attorneys.
The West Virginia Association for Justice presented David Sanders, who has served on the 23rd Circuit bench for 20 years, with the judge of the year award on Friday. Sanders currently serves as the chief judge of the court and presides in Jefferson County.
“Judge Sanders is, without a doubt, one of the hardest working judges in West Virginia,” said Michael Burke, who presented Sanders with the award. “He always goes above and beyond what is required. I think he was born to be a judge, and we are glad he is a judge.”
Burke detailed Sanders early days when he owned and operated a taco truck in Wisconsin, through to his years in law school to becoming a public defender in Shepherdstown and finally to becoming a judge.
Sanders said he felt honored to receive the award.
“It is just an outstanding honor from a group of lawyers I have been familiar with since I was a kid,” Sanders said. “My father was a member, and my brother is a member.”
Sanders said he works constantly to make fair and even-handed decisions, likening himself to a referee. He said he works hard to come to proper, objective, correct decisions, “though the Supreme Court sometimes reminds me that I did not,” he joked.