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Rebeccah Graham


King County Superior Court

Position 22

Rebeccah GrahamCurrent Occupation: Pro tem (substitute) Judge, King County Superior Court, King County District Court.

Legal/Judicial Experience: Twenty years as lawyer and pro tem judge. Presided over thousands of cases in Superior, District, and Municipal Courts including multiple jury trials, bench trials, criminal, civil, dependency, and domestic violence matters. Intern Deputy Prosecutor.

Significant Career Experience: First woman attorney in office to handle complex DNA trial. Recognized by Washington Women Lawyers for service to the profession. Chair, Judicial Evaluations, Loren Miller (African-American) Bar.

Education: University of New Mexico, J.D. 1988, State University of New York, B.A. 1980.

Family: Married for 14 years, two children attending Seattle Public Schools. Member, Temple Beth Am.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: As the daughter of an African-American father and Jewish mother who married when interracial marriage was illegal in many states, I learned early on the important values of due process, fairness, and equal justice for all.

Experience that counts: Since 2001, I've served as a pro tem judge in King County Superior, District, and Municipal courts. I treat everyone with dignity and respect, make fair and easily understood decisions grounded in common sense, and without bias or prejudice. As a lawyer, I protected the rights of the underprivileged. As an intern deputy prosecutor, I helped crime victims obtain justice. I've tried hundreds of cases from misdemeanors to complex felonies.

Community: I've volunteered thousands of hours in my community protecting abused children as board member for the Northwest Children's Fund, helping homeless and abused women, mentoring minority law students, and PTA. I ask for your vote.

Broad-based endorsements from: King County Police Officers Guild, Women's Political Caucus; Mercer Island Firefighters; thirty-five judges, including nine Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges; twenty-three elected officials, both Democrats and Republicans, sole endorsement 33rd, 43rd legislative district Democrats. Rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" or "Well Qualified" by every bar association that rates judicial candidates.

Official web site:  
Opponents: Julia Garratt and Holly Hill
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 Well Qualified Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Well Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Well Qualified Extremely
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Good Outstanding
GLBT Bar Association
Well Qualified * Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Highly Qualified Highly 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.)

Julia Garratt 08/13/2008 $31,154.84 $26,558.93
Rebeccah Graham 08/13/2008 $37,171.00 $32,997.58
Holly Hill 08/13/2008 $88,326.64 $82,181.05
, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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