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Judge Position 4

Anita M. Crawford-Willis

Anita M. Crawford-Willis

Po Box 20792

Seattle, WA 98102

Education: Juris Doctor, Seattle University School of Law; BA, Seattle University
Occupation: Seattle Municipal Court Judge; former Administrative Law Judge

Born and raised in the Central District, Judge Anita Crawford-Willis is from Seattle with a heart for Justice. Her parents were Boeing production line workers and proud members of IAM 751.  When she was a child, they took her to watch a court case which sparked her interest in the law.

She worked her way through school at Safeway, where she was a member of the retail clerks union. A proud graduate of Seattle University and the SU School of Law, Judge Crawford-Willis is a dedicated alumna leader who has mentored legions of students over the years, many of whom are practicing professionals today. Having served for 10 years as a member of the SU Board of Regents, she was recently selected to become the Chair. Her dedication to the success of young people led her to be a board member for the King County Boys & Girls Club for 13 years. Because of her volunteer work, she was named Seattle University Law School Woman of the Year in 2014 and received the Loren Miller Social Justice Award.


After nearly 30 years in public service having been a Public Defender, Judge Pro Tem, and Administrative Law Judge, she was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court in 2017. She has proven herself to be an impartial, compassionate, and fair judge. Since taking the bench, Judge Crawford-Willis has been deeply involved in ensuring equal access to justice and expanding the Seattle Municipal Court's Resource Center to provide community services to those who need it most. Anita and her husband, Pervis, live in South Seattle with their daughter, Taylor. They enjoy exploring Seattle’s parks and attending major Seattle-area events like Seafair.


Endorsements: Judge Anita Crawford-Willis is honored to be endorsed by all 9 members of the State Supreme Court; over 70 elected judges; retired Justice Bobbe Bridge; Mayor Jenny Durkan; Seattle Councilmembers Bruce Harrell, Debora Juarez, & Lorena González; City Attorney Pete Holmes; Community leaders Jonathan Bridge, Joel and Maureen Benoliel, Jan & Jim Dwyer, and John McKay. She has also been endorsed by MLK Labor; the 11th, 36th, 37th,  43rd, & 46th, Legislative District Democrats; King County Young Democrats; King County Democrats; and the National Women’s Political Caucus-WA


Ratings: “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by six bar associations

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