In Washington, we worked statewide to communicate the importance of diversity on the bench and to encourage and train diverse lawyers to become candidates for judicial office. Nine program participants from underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community, attained a seat on the bench during the course of the pilot program. Partners in this work included the League of Women Voters, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Washington State Bar Association, and many esteemed jurists.
Justice Steven Gonzalez
Washington State Supreme Court
"I am honored to serve as the first Mexican-American Justice and the only person of color currently on the Washington Supreme Court. My colleagues and I are committed to increasing diversity in our courts and providing diverse candidates the tools and resources they need to become judges. A judiciary that reflects the population it serves, including women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, and other underrepresented groups, builds public confidence in fair and unbiased judicial decision making.
"I applaud the efforts of Justice at Stake to educate citizens on the importance of a diverse bench and appreciated the opportunity to learn from experts and other judicial candidates how to run a political campaign. The strategies and practical skills I learned at the Justice at Stake training helped me organize an effective and winning campaign for state-wide election. I recommend this training for anyone considering a judicial campaign."
Judge Elizabeth Berns
King County Superior Court, Washington State
"I attended the Justice at Stake Campaign Training for Judges in November 2011, just prior to beginning my campaign for an open seat on the King County Superior Court. The trainers shared very detailed, specific advice and strategy for running an effective campaign that gave me a real head start, and the confidence I needed to hit the ground running. The judicial panel component of the session was very helpful and the judges who shared their experiences and advice were extraordinary. Thank you!"