I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the Washington Court of Appeals. The primary election is August 7, and the general election is November 6. My campaign website is already online: www.leishmanforjudge.com.
The Court of Appeals is Washington’s intermediate appellate court, with a total of 22 judges in three divisions hearing arguments in Seattle, Tacoma, and Spokane. I am running for the seat being vacated by Judge Mary Kay Becker after 24 years of distinguished service. This is the only position on the Court elected by the voters of Whatcom, Island, Skagit, and San Juan counties.
Since graduating from Yale Law School twenty-eight years ago, I’ve enjoyed an interesting and diverse legal career. I’ve had the privilege of representing clients while working in large and small law firms, in nonprofit advocacy, and as a government lawyer. Throughout my career, I’ve also sought out opportunities for public service, such as serving on the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association. In particular, I’ve been a vigorous advocate for the LGBT community, children, and disabled individuals.
A decade ago, I recognized that my passions and skills were particular well-suited for service as an appellate judge, and I began preparing for this opportunity. For example, I’ve successfully argued appeals in the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, the Alaska Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I previously received the highest rating – “Exceptionally Well Qualified for the Court of Appeals” – from multiple bar associations.
I believe my broad legal experience has prepared me to serve on the Washington Court of Appeals. My perspective would also bring needed diversity to the Court of Appeals.
I’m excited about spending the summer on the campaign trail, telling my story and introducing myself to voters. Please contact me if you would like to get involved in the campaign, or to join the inaugural list of individuals endorsing my candidacy.