Legal/Judicial Experience: Sworn part-time judge King County Superior Court, presided in family, juvenile, and mental illness courts; judge Washington Office of Administrative Hearings; judge Drug Court Tribal Court; 10 years civil and criminal litigation practice representing plaintiffs and defendants.
Other Professional Experience: Managing Attorney, legal services program for domestic violence survivors; Disciplinary Hearing Officer, Washington State Bar Association; 7th Congressional District Governor Washington State Bar Association; City of Seattle Clerk.
Education: J.D., Albany Law School.
Community Service: Sampling: Seattle Human Rights Commission, Chair; City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative Trainer; Court Appointed Special Advocate; Guardian-ad-litem; Helpline Food Bank.
Statement: With eight years of judicial experience, six as a judge pro tem in King County Superior Court, I am an experienced judge. I have made the difficult decisions that profoundly affect people’s lives; decisions about liberty, property, family.
As a trial attorney in King County Superior Court, I learned how to judge from experienced and talented judges. Their lessons inform my own judging.
For 25+years, I have worked to remove barriers to justice while also serving my community. I have provided thousands of hours of free legal representation, created a new revenue stream, $1million to date, that funds civil legal aid, shut down a predatory lending operation, and expanded legal services for victims of domestic violence. As a King County Superior Court judge, I will work to raise awareness of implicit bias and find solutions to racial disproportionality. I will diligently pursue justice for all.
Endorsements: King County Democrats, State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Steven Gonzalez, former President Washington State Bar Association Ron Ward, 46th Rep. Gerry Pollet, Councilmembers Lisa Herbold and Mike O'Brien, former Chair Seattle Human Rights Commission Chris Stearns, Access to Justice Board Member Honorable Anita Crawford-Willis, 46th Legislative District.