My choice for Superior Court Judge in Snohomish County is a no-brainer: Millie Judge.
We need Judge Judge’s intellect, integrity, and leadership expertise in Snohomish County courts. She will be fair, she will listen, she will follow the law, and she will issue just decisions.
I have known Ms. Judge since we worked together on the Brightwater project. She is brilliant, hard-working, talented, generous, compassionate, gracious, and calm. She treats everyone with dignity and respect. She has the judicial temperament that litigants deserve and expect. She has prepared herself well to become an excellent jurist.
She went to Pepperdine, which is an outstanding law school. She clerked for the Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. She has worked in the prosecutor’s office and in private practice. She’s been an administrative law judge for five years.
In addition, Ms. Judge is a small business owner. She probably knows more about land use and environmental issues than any other attorney in the state. This expertise is especially critical as SnoCounty continues to grow.
I have every confidence that Ms. Judge’s understanding of domestic violence and the abuse dynamic will prevent SnoCounty’s courts from being manipulated as an instrument of abuse. SnoCounty has an extraordinarily high rate of homeless DV survivors: 80% (the national average is 50%). Clearly, the criminal “justice” system and local shelter aren’t meeting the needs of women and children experiencing abuse.
If you don’t think this is a serious issue, I think you should know that it costs the state of Washington over $12 billion/year because survivors of DV and child abuse perpetually fall through the cracks of a dysfunctional system until they end up on welfare. I can assure you that it is nearly impossible to exit the welfare system in WA State. $12 billion/year is serious money.
Jack Follis, the other attorney hoping to fill the spot on the bench vacated by retiring Judge Larry McKeeman, may be an able attorney. But, I seriously question his judicial temperament and ability to retain testimony he hears. At a recent candidate forum, he was unable to retain a simple question long enough to answer it. He was noticeably condescending of his opponent’s track record simply because she is female. He was dismissive of the fact that Ms. Judge went to a far better law school and has diligently taken the career steps required to become a stellar jurist.
Meanwhile, Mr. Follis has focused on enriching himself and competitive sports. I find it hard to ignore that he crows about his commitment to the community. If he did such a great job, where are the endorsements? His endorsements come primarily from the wealthy and powerful in SnoCounty which tells me that the little guy will likely get crushed in his courtroom. I checked out the cases he bragged about litigating for the little guy. He didn’t win many of them.
Further, I can’t think of one volunteer or community endeavor he claims to have supported that benefits women. This coupled with his disdain for his opponent simply because she is a better-qualified woman troubles me deeply. I also noticed that most of the charitable donations he takes credit for were actually made by his law firm. They don’t appear to be particularly generous given the fact that it is the largest law firm in SnoCounty.
Why is Mr. Follis leaving a lucrative law practice to become a judge? His answer at the judicial candidate forum wasn’t credible. He created the impression that his sons are well launched. I was surprised to discover that he has two little kids. I seriously doubt that he has fully funded their college educations or his retirement. His practice isn’t that lucrative.