Legal/Judicial Experience: I’m an experienced judge pro tempore and attorney who has litigated numerous complex civil cases and multiple felony trials. I’m also a dedicated pro bono advocate, providing civil rights representation to struggling communities.
Other Professional Experience: Prior to becoming an attorney, I spent 15 years in law enforcement, combating human trafficking, internet crimes against children, and fraud.
Education: I graduated from Seattle University Law School with highest honors, while working full-time.
Community Service: I’m Board President for Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s largest civil legal aid provider, President of the Federal Bar Association, and serve on the Supreme Court Legal Needs Committee and Community Police Commission.
Statement: I’m rated Exceptionally Well Qualified by multiple organizations, I’ve lived in King County for over 45 years, and look forward to putting my unique experience to work for our community as a judge.
I was raised by a single mother on public assistance, dropped out of high school, and my first court appearance was as a juvenile defendant. Because of my experience with poverty and our justice system, I’m dedicated to eliminating disproportionality in our courts and providing justice for marginalized communities. As the only candidate with experience in every facet of our system, including over two decades combined legal and law enforcement experience, I’ll bring a unique perspective to the Superior Court. I’ve done a lot for our community with my second chance, but I can do more as a judge.
I’m grateful for broad, bipartisan endorsements, including from the entire Washington State Supreme Court, former Governor and Attorney General Christine Gregoire, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Attorney General Rob McKenna, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Sheriff John Urquhart, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and over 60 judges and elected officials.
I’m also honored with numerous community endorsements, including the King County Labor Council, King County Democrats, and many others.