2016 General Election Voters' Guide

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C. Olivia Irwin

Legal/Judicial Experience: Five years as general practice attorney.

Other Professional Experience: Summer Law Clerk w/Oakland CA City Attorney’s Office; Permanency Planning/Refugee Foster Care Program Coordinator, Lutheran Community Services NW; Exec. Admin. Assistant, W. Seattle Psychiatric Hospital and Mental Health Center; Educator/Curriculum Developer, Museum of Flight, Seattle; Planning and Distribution Assistant, United Way of King County.

Education: A.A., Green River Community College; B.A., Society & Justice, Communications, UW; J.D., University of Washington School of Law.

Community Service: Annual WSBA commendations for pro bono service;social justice advocate, volunteer and policy analyst; former Board member, Seattle League of Women Voters.

Statement: It has been said that 'Justice is what love looks like in public.' I would only add that sometimes that love is tough. My campaign can be summed up in the concept of restorative justice. Sometimes called "Reparative Justice," it means focusing on the needs of the victim, offender, and community, instead of just punishment--thereby achieving more victim satisfaction and offender accountability.

If elected, the velvet glove will hold an iron fist when needed. However, I will work toward a better balance in caseload priorities to conserve court resources; punishment that fits the crime; partnership with court officers and local leaders to create more comprehensive and cost-effective preventive policy toward non-violent drug crimes. My court will not have a revolving door. I will take more intuitive and compassionate approaches to family law, child welfare and dependency (CPS) cases with an eye to fewer broken families.

When interacting with our courts, you deserve to be treated with dignity and fairness, by a judge with humility, who holds principles of justice over that which is politically popular. If you are ready for more than justice as usual, I'm asking for your vote.

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