Spokane County Superior Court
Experience: Superior Court Judge; Municipal Court Judge; pro tem
Superior Court Judge; District Court Civil Judge Pro Tem; Assistant City
Attorney, Civil Division; Appellate Prosecutor; Acting City Prosecutor;
Civil Litigation, private firm; 1992 Clerk Class, Arizona Court of
Other Professional Experience: Judicial College: Dean, Trustee,
Faculty; Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee; Spokane Regional Law &
Justice Council; MacArthur Foundation Safety & Justice Challenge Grant
Site Team; Spokane County Bar Association: Trustee & Volunteer Lawyer
Program, Director; Contributor, Black’s Law Dictionary.
Education: Gonzaga University, B.S. 1988; Juris Doctorate, 1991.
Community Service: Gonzaga Preparatory HS, Director; Habitat for
Humanity volunteer; Street Law Team-Teacher.
Statement: The Governor appointed Judge Shelley Szambelan to
Superior Court for good reasons. She has over 27 years of legal
experience in a variety of complex areas of civil and criminal law,
including over twelve years of judicial experience, counting pro tem
work. Judge Szambelan has consistently received the highest judicial
evaluation ratings from legal organizations.
In addition to bringing diversity to the bench, Judge Szambelan brings a
strong work ethic and legal scholarship. She has appeared at all levels
of Washington State and federal courts, including the United States
Judge Shelley Szambelan is a respected, collaborative leader. Her hard
work has helped to improve how people experience justice through
innovative change, and thoughtful, systematic reforms. She consistently
treats all people fairly with dignity and respect.
Judge Shelley Szambelan’s work and fairness over the years has resulted
in endorsements from both sides who appear before her: the County and
City Prosecutors; the County and City Public Defenders; the County
Sheriff; prominent civil and criminal defense attorneys, as well as
distinguished plaintiff and family law attorneys; established business
owners, as well as Labor. Judicial experience matters: She is the only
choice with more than a decade being a judge.
VotingforJudges.org, Bremerton, WA
As the election approaches, Votingforjudges.org will include ratings and endorsements from
numerous organizations. We provide this information so that voters will be
better informed about the candidates. We do not rate or endorse any candidates;
the ratings and endorsements of organizations included at this site reflect the
views of those individual organizations and not necessarily the views of votingforjudges.org or its sponsors.