For the past 25 years, Kristin Richardson has practiced exclusively in Superior Court. She has done more than 100 jury trials, including 25 murder trials. She created and led the King County Prosecutor’s Office cold case homicide unit. She has handled many of the most serious cases in King County. She is rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by the King County Bar Association, GLBT Bar Association (Q Law), Washington Women Lawyers, Joint Asian judicial evaluation committee, and Cardozo Society, and “Well Qualified” by the Loren Miller and Latino/a Bar Associations.
Having worked with thousands of poor, minority, and disenfranchised victims and witnesses over the years gives Kristin a unique perspective on the impact the judicial system can have on individual lives. She has dedicated her career to acting as the voice of vulnerable children and adults who thought no one would care what happened to them. She is also acutely aware of the need to continue development of alternatives to incarceration, particularly for juveniles, and a recognition of the impact of racial disparity, mass incarceration, and recidivism. She will bring this perspective, and 27 years of public service, to the bench.
The Seattle Times has endorsed Kristin as its choice for Position 52. She has also been endorsed by more than 40 current and former Superior Court judges, including the incumbent who is retiring from this position. Additional endorsements include the Progressive Voters Guide / Fuse; King County Councilmembers Larry Gossett, Claudia Balducci, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Reagan Dunn, Pete von Reichbauer, and Kathy Lambert; Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw; Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell; Redmond Mayor John Marchione; King County Sheriff John Urquhart; Supreme Court Justices Mary Yu, Steven Gonzalez, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, and Faith Ireland; Court of Appeals Judges Ann Schindler, Linda Lau, and Anne Ellington; Democratic legislative districts; the King County Labor Council; the Aerospace Machinists Union; and more than 70 attorneys. Kristin is well-respected by her peers on both sides of the aisle and has earned the endorsement of numerous defense attorneys who have opposed her in the courtroom.
Kristin is a longtime board member of the Washington Women Lawyers Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to elimination of bias and increase in diversity in the legal profession. She was president for three years. She also serves on the board of directors for Victim Support Services, a non-profit crisis and advocacy agency for family and friends of the victims of violent crimes. She served on the East African Advisory Council, a liaison between immigrants and the American justice system. She also taught trial skills at Seattle University School of Law for three years.
Kristin’s dad was a Vietnam veteran and her brother served in Iraq. Growing up in a military family, she lived on bases around the world before attending Washington State University, where she majored in Communications / Journalism and was named the Outstanding Graduate in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. She worked four years as a newspaper reporter before attending Willamette University College of Law, where she served as executive editor of the Willamette Law Review and was named Outstanding Graduate by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys.
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