Washington Supreme Court
State Supreme Court Justice with 20 years judicial experience:
Whatcom County Superior Court, 2015-2020; Former Chief Judge for the
Lummi Nation, Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian tribes.
Other Professional Experience
Former Professor at Western Washington University; Nationally
recognized educator, trained hundreds of judges.
BA, University of New Mexico; JD, UW Law School, MSW, UW School of
Justice Montoya-Lewis served on the Washington State Advisory Group
& the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, Family Violence
Advisory Board for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court
Judges, and co-chaired the Whatcom County Commercial Sexual Exploitation
of Children Task Force.
I am proud to serve you on our highest court, where I bring diverse
judicial experience and a reputation for fairness and common
sense--making sure laws are applied without bias or political influence.
I have presided over therapeutic drug courts, developed innovative
programs for children and families, and managed hundreds of trials,
including felony criminal trials and complex civil litigation. I’m
committed to ensuring victims are heard and supported.
As Washington’s first Native American Justice, I’m proud of my record of
accomplishments and appreciate my role as a voice for underrepresented
communities. I’ve worked hard to earn the respect of my peers, those who
appear in my courtroom, and voters looking for qualified, impartial,
An award winning advocate for children and youth, I’ve worked to restore
young lives rather than create a cycle of incarceration. We must invest
in early intervention to deter criminal behavior, providing pathways for
success for those who do commit crimes.
My thoughtful approach is reflected by “exceptionally well qualified”
evaluations. I’m endorsed by my Supreme Court colleagues, judges
statewide, as well as the State Labor Council, Washington Conservation
Voters, the National Women’s Political Caucus-WA, Women of Color in
Politics, and more.
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