Legal/Judicial Experience: Appointed to the Kitsap County Superior Court 02/26/2016. Licensed for 30 years. Experience: 10 years personal injury and bankruptcy, 7 years criminal defense including juvenile sexual and serious crimes, 15 years dependency law, 5 years appellate practice.
Other Professional Experience: No information submitted
Education: Bachelor's degree, English/University of Florida 1983. Law degree/Florida State University College of Law 1985.
Community Service: Deeply involved in community theatres throughout Puget Sound, working both in front of and behind the scenes to support public arts. Foster parent since 2014, providing care to children in the foster care system.
Statement: I am a second-generation judge raised in the law, and I believe it to be a privilege to serve my community from the bench. Most of my experience as an attorney has involved serving the public, whether as public-appointed defense counsel, or as an attorney for the State. Working for the public good has been my calling. I am the former President of Washington LEGALS and volunteer attorney for VAPWA, handling pro bono matters for people living with HIV and AIDS. As the 2006 recipient of a professionalism award by the juvenile courts, I vow to continue my efforts to be professional, prepared, accessible and fair in my dealing with all who come before the Court. I am actively involved in my community, working with children in local Kitsap community theatres and volunteer reading at my foster children’s elementary school. I am rated “exceptionally well-qualified” by Washington Women Lawyers (highest rating) and have been endorsed by all judges from the Kitsap Superior Court and District Court benches, newly-retired Commissioner Thurman Lowans, and Retired Judge Jay B. Roof, whose seat I assumed on appointment to the bench.