Legal experience is only one of the qualifications I will bring to the appellate bench. Every case entrusts the judge with the financial interests, honor, liberty, and possible life of a Washington citizen. Human experience is incredibly important to protecting those interests.
In the past 10 years, I have been at the side of real people from all walks of life through wins and losses. I know first-hand what it means when a ruling takes away a person’s home, enters a monetary judgment against a party, or separates a disabled person from their family. I have rejoiced with people in the wins and consoled them through the losses. I have represented a variety of people, whether it is the person being evicted from their home, the farmer whose building was destroyed by snow, the business person trying to stop their contract from being broken, or the nurse trying to maintain her guardianship for her sister, I have stood with them all. This is the human experience of law that brings depth to the bench.
Prior to practicing law, I was a Vice President for a financial institution where I had worked for nine years. From this I will bring business experience. I will also bring the human experiences of having taught Marshallese kids on the Marshall Islands and having raised my family here in Eastern Washington. These experiences outside the law allow me to connect with people in our community.
Judicial humility is critical to protect individual rights. On the bench I will remember that laws are written by “We the People.” Respect the Constitution, respect the role of the legislature, preserve the importance of the jury, and deliver justice to the parties; this is how I will serve you as an appellate judge.