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Hong Tran


King County Superior Court

Department 29

This race will be decided in the Primary Election.

Hong TranLegal/Judicial Experience: Civil legal aid attorney for 16 years specializing in housing, family law, public benefits, unemployment and consumer law issues. Criminal defense attorney for 4 years. Volunteer attorney in asylum cases.

Other Professional Experience: Board President of SafeFutures Youth Center (gang intervention program); Shop Steward for SEIU 925.

Education: University of Utah School of Law, J.D., 1992; Agnes Scott College, B.A. 1988.

Community Service: PTA Volunteer at Broadview Thomson K-8 School; ESL Tutor.

Statement: As an immigrant from Vietnam, I know the promise of opportunity. But when those opportunities fall short, many are forced to turn to the legal system. I have devoted my 20 year legal career to ensuring that those with limited means have access to the legal system.

Superior Court judges must be prepared to hear both civil and criminal cases, from divorces to child custody disputes, evictions and other contract disputes, discrimination and other civil rights claims, and criminal cases. As an experienced civil and criminal law litigator, I have experience working with domestic violence victims, as well as those accused of crimes of violence. I have litigated multimillion-dollar property disputes, as well as helped homeless individuals secure their first stable home. I have advised and drafted materials for people who appear without a lawyer because they cannot afford one. As a criminal defense lawyer, I ensure that the process is fair, the evidence is sound, and when not, that law enforcement is accountable for its actions.

I have been endorsed by Court of Appeals and King County Superior Court judges and numerous democratic legislative districts.


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Opponent: Sean O'Donnell
Questionnaire responses: For Municipal League of King County

Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified Qualified
King County Bar Association Well Qualified Not Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified *
Municipal League
of King County
Outstanding Very Good
Q-Law: the GLBT
Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified Qualified
Women Lawyers
Qualified Qualified

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Newspaper endorsements (click paper for details):

Seattle Times  
The Stranger  


Finance report:

Sean O'Donnell 8/3/2012 $59,369.18
Loans $5,000.00
Hong Tran 8/3/2012 $5,599.00
Personal Funds $1,500.00

Media stories:
    July 24, 2012
The Stranger   Not Qualified
    July 23, 2012
Seattle P-I   King County ballots, vtr. pamphet are misleading
    June 29, 2012
Seattle P-I   A bar fight over judidical ratings?
Tacoma News Tribune   King Co. judicial candidate to get new rating
    June 28, 2012
Everett Herald   Candidate's 'not qualified' rating baffles judges, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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