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 Education 
  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D. 1998
  • Baruch College, City University of New York, B.B.A. 1988

Career Highlights 

  • 2020   Appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court
  • 2015 - 2020 Pierce County Superior Court Judge
  • 2013 - 2015 Judge, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • 2005 - 2013 Managing Partner, Whitener Rainey Writt PS.
  • 2003 - 2005 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pierce County
  • 2001 - 2003 Attorney, Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel 
  • 2000 – 2001 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Island County 
  • 1999 – 2000 Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, City of Olympia

Professional Affiliations, Committees

  • WA State Minority & Justice Commission: Co-Chair - Click for Bio
  • WA State Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee
  • National Association of Women Judges, Co-Chair Law School Outreach Committee
  • American Judge's Association, Education Committee member
  • International Association of LGBT Judges, Board of Directors
  • International Association of Women Judges
  • Q-Law Advisory Board, Judicial member
  • Washington Women Lawyers, Judicial member

Professional Awards

  • WA State Bar Association’s C.Z Smith ‘Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion’ Award, 2019
  • King County Washington Women Lawyers President Award, 2019
  • Seattle University School of Law, Woman of the Year Award, 2019
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Diversity Award, 2019
  • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyer’s Woman of the Year Award, 2018 

Civic Involvement 

  • International, National & Local Speaker on Access to Justice and Human Rights
  • Teacher, STREET LAW, WA Courts

    Presentations 



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