Dale Raugust was born and raised in eastern Washington. He grew up on the family farm near Garfield, Washington, attended Washington State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in history in 1973, Gonzaga University School of Law where he received his law degree in 1976, and Eastern Washington University where he received a M.A. in history in 1990. After working for the Colville Confederated Tribes as their Prosecutor for 14 months, he set up his private practice in Spokane, Washington. Dale started his practice in real estate law, bankruptcy and family law but over the years his practice became more highly concentrated in the area of family law and personal injury. He has mediated many family law cases and founded the Spokane collaborative law group and has advocated for years the removal of family law from the adversary system. In 2001, he formed Raugust and Hahn, PLLC, with Robert C. Hahn, III. Dale has been married since 1981 and has two grown children. In his free time he enjoys golf, spending time with his family, writing and reading.