Seattle Municipal Court
– University of Houston – 1998; B.A. – University of Oklahoma -- 1995
Municipal Court Judge – incumbent
Damon Shadid has dedicated his years serving in the Seattle Municipal
Court to finding better ways to approach criminal justice. He believes
that the criminal legal system should have two primary and complementary
objectives: community safety and helping people obtain the services they
need to exit the criminal legal system.
objectives in mind, Judge Shadid has built from the ground up a new
Community Court that gives participants the option of being quickly
connected with services they need to address the issues that have
brought them into the criminal legal system – untreated mental illness,
homelessness, addiction, and employment challenges.
Judge Shadid has
also been instrumental in re-building Seattle’s Mental Health Court,
where he has presided for the past 4 years. He was able to work with the
City Attorney’s Office and the Department of Public Defense to improve
the Mental Health Court and encourage more individuals with mental
health barriers to get the vital services they need.
Shadid created efficiencies in the Court by allowing caseworkers who are
working with defendants to come to court just once each week in order to
monitor ongoing recovery progress and connections with community
But the work is not
done. Seattle faces profound challenges stemming from still deficient
vital services like affordable housing, substance abuse, and mental
health treatment. Judge Shadid believes that the Municipal Court should
play a central role in improving access to these services and will
continue to work hard every day to ensure that all people are treated
with fairness and compassion and that Seattle becomes a safer place to
live and work.
County Democrats and Young Democrats; 32nd, 34th, 37th, 43rd, 46th LD
Democrats; Democrats for Diversity & Inclusion; SEIU 775; ATU 587;
Machinists Union (IAM 751); Teamsters JC 28