My parents taught me a deep respect and love for the law. A story in my family is that when I was a little girl, someone asked me whether I wanted to be a public defender like my dad or a judge like my mom, Barbara Madsen. I answered: a lawyer of course, because lawyers get to argue.
I am proud of the arguments that I have been able to make as a lawyer:
Reforming juvenile record sealing and ending the practice of imposing harsh fines on youth. Real Change (May 25, 2015) Seal the deal: New law gives youths a break
Making juvenile rehabilitation and diversion from the legal system a top priority for courts. Spokane Inlander (March 12, 2016) Juvenile rehabilitation a priority in Washington's legislative session
Creating partnerships between schools and housing providers to benefit children experiencing homelessness. Real Change (September 2, 2015) Paying the price of education; Seattle Weekly (March 31, 2016) Statehouse Vacillates On Whether to Fund Homeless Student Funding
I started my legal career in the big skyscrapers in downtown Seattle representing corporations and I have worked for government, a legal nonprofit, and a small, neighborhood-based law firm. I have practiced in every sector of law and in every arena – the state legislature, administrative courts, trial courts and appellate courts – so I know from personal experience the system could work better.
I am running for judge because I believe reform is possible; reform is necessary; and judges are uniquely positioned to help because they see the issues that people face and they administer the justice system.