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Susan Amini


King County Superior Court

Position One

Current Occupation/Employer: Attorney, Amini Law Firm.

Legal/Judicial Experience: 18 years experience in criminal, civil and family law; Judge Pro Tempore throughout King County since 1994; Hearing Officer for the Washington State Bar; Law Clerk for Hon. Judge John Gossert Jr.; admitted to the Washington State Bar, Western Washington Federal Bar, and U.S. Supreme Court Bar.

Significant Career Experience: I have tried hundreds of cases and represented a wide array of clients, from the at-risk elderly, to victims of domestic violence and child abuse, small business owners, and the disabled.

Education: J.D., University of Maryland Law School.

Family: Married; husband works at Boeing; son attends law school.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I am honored to be running for Superior Court Judge, and pledge that, once elected, I will work to improve access to justice for all.

Superior Court Judges preside over criminal and civil cases; I have extensive experience with both, including hundreds of trials throughout King County. As a Pro Tem Judge, I am known for being fair but firm on the bench, holding offenders accountable, while ensuring that all parties have an opportunity to be heard.

Nothing has taught me more about the importance of fairness and equal opportunity than when my son, Cyrus, became blind at age 8. I advocated tirelessly with the public school district to ensure that he and other students with disabilities received the same opportunities as their peers.

I have served as a Trustee of Overlake Hospital, a Bellevue Human Services Commissioner, and an arbitrator for the Washington State Bar. I have received high ratings from the King County Bar and Latina/o Bar, and the sole endorsement of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington Chapter).

Endorsers include Gary Locke, Ron Sims, retired King County Sheriff James Nickle, Roberto Maestas, Nancy Rising, Bob Santos, Ruth Woo, 33rd District Democrats, and over forty judges/elected officials.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Tim Bradshaw and Suzanne Parisien
Questionnaire responses: For King County Bar Association
For King County Democrats
For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation
Qualified Well Qualified *
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Qualified Well Qualified Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Good Very Good Very Good
GLBT Bar Association
Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Not Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Qualified Highly Qualified Not Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle P-I    
Seattle Times    
The Stranger    

Finance report:

(Click a dollar figure for detailed data from the Public Disclosure Commission. Note that summary numbers here might not match detailed data for various reasons.)

Susan Amini 08/13/2008 $114,538.24 $109,268.47
Tim Bradshaw 08/13/2008 $30,147.60 $25,753.10
Suzanne Parisien 08/13/2008 $53,657.00 $49,583.32

Media stories:
    August 12, 2008
Kirkland Reporter   Kirkland resident running for Superior Court
    August 9, 2008
NW Asian Weekly   Amini builds bridges between cultures
    August 8, 2008
Seattle Gay News   Susan Amini runs for Superior Court Judge - "Access to justice is dear to my heart."
    December 28, 2007
Seattle Times   Longtime Superior Court judge says it's time to retire
Seattle P-I   Judge makes plea to voters in retirement announcement
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