Thank you for entrusting me with the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of so many in our community. I look forward to continuing my judicial responsibilities and my service to you in 2018.

In 2017 my extra judicial activities were on full blast and it was another year of impactful service.  The year started off with me participating in January on a panel with Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu at the 2017 Judicial Institute held at Seattle University School of Law (SU Law).

In February, I hosted 3 law students from SU Law. The students met with some of our judicial officers and observed court in session. One student even came back and sat with me on the bench during one of my trials.

March started with a beautiful surprise when I was featured in the U.S. Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago 2017 Women’s History Month poster. Mid-March I gave a presentation on Implicit and Explicit bias to the Attorney General’s Office, Labor and Industries division.  I ended the month by participating in the Black Women Rise Conference where I was on a panel with an American icon, Dr. Angela Davis.  I also gave two separate presentations titled, "Color of Justice: Coding an Imperfect Criminal Justice Paradigm;" and "Black Women in Corrections, Law Enforcement and on the Bench".

In April, I attended the Superior Court Judges Association (SCJA) 2017 conference where there were so many informative sessions that I am still reviewing the materials disseminated.  I was the keynote speaker for the annual Boombaballa Event at Catherine’s Place, “Celebrating the Strength and Diversity of Women." This is such a powerful organization, and if you haven’t heard of them before you should check them out as their work is truly noteworthy. I also received the wonderful news of my appointment by the Washington State Supreme Court to the Minority & Justice Commission.

I slowed the pace down a little in May & June.  In May I participated in the American Bar Association’s Law Day. I chose Stadium High school and presented on the 14th Amendment. In June I became co-chair of the SCJA, Equality and Fairness Committee with Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas. I was so humbled and honored as Judge Lucas has chaired the Committee for many years.

In July, I found out that I was one of two judges chosen to teach Street Law making Pierce County one of the only two new sites awarded this opportunity. I chose to partner with Lincoln High School and I attended training along with my teacher partner in preparation for the fall semester.

In August, I presented for a 2nd year at the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW} Professional Development Conference held at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). I also organized Pierce County’s first Color of Justice event (an adaptation of the National Association of Women Judges program of the same name).  The event was a resounding success and if you have not seen it please check out the photos and news feed coverage on this site. 

In September, I started teaching Street Law at Lincoln High School and I look forward to continuing in the spring semester.

In November I was appointed by our Supreme Court to the Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee and I attended my first Committee meeting in December.

 

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