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"Across the country, state courts are drowning in a sea of special-interest campaign money."
New York Times editorial

Judge Kato serves on the King County District Court in Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Santa Clara School of Law in 1980, Eileen Kato worked as a senior trial attorney with the Department of Treasury and as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. She also practices as an attorney in two private firms before joining the bench in 1994.  Judge Kato was elected president of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges Association, becoming the first judge of color to head the organization. Judge Kato has also served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Judicial Council and as West Division Presiding Judge of the King County District Court. 

She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Center for State Courts and is currently a member of the NCSC Advisory Committees for International, Court Services, and the Institute for Court Management. Judge Kato is also an active participant in the ABA, having served in the House of Delegates, ABA Judicial Division Chair for the Conference of Special Court Judges, Standing Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary, Center for Ethnic Diversity, Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, Judicial Liaison to the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and the Justice Kennedy’s Commission on Sentencing. She is also active in numerous committees for the judicial and legal communities, and in many community organizations such as the NW Minority Job Fair, Nikkei Concerns, Japanese American Citizens League, and the Museum of History and Industry.  


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