Jon Cain started his career as city planner in the San Diego area. Planning work in coastal cities led to an interest in land use law, and family ties brought him to law school in Seattle. After internships including criminal prosecution for the City of Bellingham and ordinance drafting for the Town of Hunts Point, Jon was hired as a deputy prosecuting attorney for San Juan County in 2006. Initially, Jon focused on helping the County achieve compliance with the Growth Management act while also handling land use cases and leading child support enforcement for the office. Jon was chosen as chief civil deputy in Spring 2011.
Jon handles a variety of litigation ranging from construction arbitration to elections and from mental health proceedings to eminent domain to timber trespass. Current work includes contract review, real estate transactions, and advising County departments including public works, health and community services, parks and fair, and the land bank. Jon also handles truancy matters with the county’s school districts. He describes this as his most meaningful work because of the opportunity to help students overcome substantial barriers, engage in school and the community, and prepare for the future. Jon has raised his own children in local public schools from kindergarten to high school.When he’s not at work, Jon can be found coaching youth sports, enjoying the beach, training the next generation of lawyers at the Friday Harbor High School mock trials, or playing squash. Jon is currently the only lawyer in the office who plays ukulele.
Amy Vira, Deputy Prosecutor (Civil & Land Use)
Amy Vira joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2011. Prior to coming to San Juan Island, Amy lived in Wenatchee, Washington, where she practiced in the area of housing, land use and municipal law. Amy received a B.A. from Western Washington University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Teresa is a career prosecutor who has worked on civil and criminal cases since she received her J.D. in 2005. She is admitted to the state bar associations of Washington and California and the federal courts for the Western District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Teresa joined the San Juan County Prosecutor office in 2016 to handle the most serious felony cases and juvenile cases in Superior Court.
Carolyn joined the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office in 2015. She graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in sociology and Spanish, and received her J.D. from University of Washington. While in law school, Carolyn volunteered with the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project and taught high school mock trial through the Street Law Clinic. Before coming to San Juan County, she worked for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and prosecuted misdemeanor cases in King County District Court. Now she handles all contested infractions and criminal cases in San Juan County District Court. Additionally, she prosecutes select felony cases in Superior Court and represents the State in other hearings as needed. This year, she had the opportunity to participate in the 2018 “Every 15 Minutes” drunk-driving prevention program with San Juan EMS. In her free time, Carolyn loves performing onstage with the San Juan Community Theatre, as well as writing for the theatre’s Original Works Project. She also enjoys taking in the beautiful island scenery on long walks, and every so often can be spotted playing pickleball.