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Judges Bios

Hon. Fred Bonner
Hon. Karen Donohue
Hon. Willie Gregory
Hon. Judith Hightower
Hon. C. Kimi Kondo, Presiding
Hon. Edward McKenna
Hon. Steve Rosen


Seattle Municpal Court Judges


Honorable Judith M. Hightower

Education

  • Admitted to Practice, Washington State, 1984
  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1983
  • B.A., University of Washington, Comparative Literature (Spanish)

Career Professional Experience
Past and Present

  • Judge, Municipal Court of Seattle, 1991-Present
  • Municipal Court of Seattle Relicensing Task Force, 1998
  • Presiding Judge, Municipal Court of Seattle, 1996
  • Attorney, Associated Counsel for the Accused, 1984-1990

Career Affiliations and Committees
Present:

  • Member, Washington State Court Interpreter Commission
  • Member, Matt Talbot Center Advisory Board
  • Member, Loren Miller Bar Association

Past:

  • Chair, Washington State Judicial College Trustees Committee
  • S.U. Law Access to Justice Institute Advisory Board
  • Access to Justice Board Education Committee
  • Advisory Board for Curriculum Development of ESL Law Related Education
  • Board for Judicial Administration
  • District and Municipal Judges Association Board of Governors
  • District and Municipal Judges Association Diversity Committee Chair
  • District and Municipal Judges Association Education Committee
  • Governor's Task Force on Domestic Violence
  • Governor's Task Force on Indigent Defense
  • King County Executive Task Force on Mentally Ill Offenders
  • King County Task Force on Drug Involved Offenders
  • National Bar Association Judicial Council
  • Public Legal Education Council
  • Seattle University Law School Alumni Board of Governors
  • Supreme Court Task Force on Court Security
  • University of Washington Law School Mentor
  • Board Member, Park Lake Boys and Girls Club
  • Board Member, Girl Scouts Totem Council
  • Board Member, Farestart

Honors

  • 2010 SU Law, BALSA, Alumni of the year
  • 2009 WSBA Access to Justice Board Judicial Leadership Award
  • 2007 National Black Prosecutor's Association Thurgood Marshall Award
  • SU Law Access to Justice Institute
    • 2006 Award of Distinction Public Service
    • 2003 Investment in Justice Award
  • Well Done Sister Award, Daughters of Elks, Njeri Temple #1387, 1984
  • Washington State African American Legislative Committee Public Service Recognition, 1999
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