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Carolyn Ladd


King County Superior Court

Position 30

Carolyn Ladd
Legal/Judicial Experience
30 years’ experience as a lawyer; employment attorney in the private sector working to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion; Judge Pro Tempore for Seattle Municipal Court.

Other Professional Experience
Judicial Academy, National Judicial College.

University of Washington B.A., University of Oregon J.D., Georgetown University LL.M.

Community Service
I believe in second chances and volunteer with the King County Bar Association Records Project to vacate eligible criminal convictions. I believe in criminal justice alternatives for youth so I serve on a community accountability board for the Partnership for Youth Justice. I am passionate about gender equity and serve as a Vice President of Washington Women Lawyers.

I am running to bring a more inclusive voice to the King County Superior Court. I believe in the Rule of Law and that the law applies equally to everyone. I will treat everyone who comes into my courtroom with dignity and respect, give them their day in court, listen, and strive to do justice. I will ensure that people of color are not unfairly excluded from serving on juries. As a judge, I will bring my commitment to social justice and fairness to the court. I will work tirelessly to address systemic bias in our judicial system and ensure everyone has a fair chance.

Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by two independent bar associations. rating 10 out of 10 “Superb.” Martindale-Hubbell rating “AV Preeminent.”

Endorsed by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu and former Justices Mary Fairhurst, Bobbe Bridge, and Faith Ireland; former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; Seattle City Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis and former Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and David Della; former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice; former Washington State Bar Association President Ron Ward; Loren Miller Bar Association Founders Gary Gayton & Lem Howell. 11th, 37th, and 48th Democratic Legislative Districts. National Women’s Political Caucus.

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Opponent:  Doug North
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society
of Washington
[Rating Withdrawn at
Candidate's Request]
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Assiciation Well Qualified Well Qualified
The LGBT Bar Association
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Washington State
Veterans Bar Association
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers [Officer, not eligible
for rating]
Well Qualified

* No rating available (yet).

 , Bremerton, WA 98311
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