Mike McGinn, Mayor
11/16/2011 1:30:00 AM
Kimberly Mills (206) 684-8602
“Steven González was an unparalleled choice for the Washington State Supreme Court,” City Attorney Pete Holmes said Wednesday, “and I applaud Gov. Chris Gregoire for her smart pick.”
“From his time as a domestic violence prosecutor in the City Attorney’s Office, Judge González has exemplified what society demands of its judicial system – impartiality as a jurist, zeal as a prosecutor and a curious intellect at all times. I’m excited to work with Justice González on matters regarding the courts and the ability of everyone to access them.” González chairs the Washington State Access to Justice Board and co-chairs the Race and Criminal Justice System Task Force.
A supervising attorney in Holmes’ Criminal Division, who worked for the City with González, commended him as a “great lawyer and colleague.” “His trial skills were top notch,” said Jennifer Grant. “He aggressively prosecuted domestic violence offenders while treating the victims with sensitivity and respect. It was no surprise that he went on to do great work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and then on the bench in King County Superior Court.”
González will take office in January, succeeding Justice Gerry Alexander, who is retiring under the mandatory-age provision.