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King County Local Voters' Pamphlet

November 4, 2014 General And Special Election

City, Seattle Municipal Court 
Judge Position No. 6

Karen Donohue

Karen Donohue

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Karen Donohue has served as a Seattle Municipal Court Judge since 2011.


Over the last four years, Judge Donohue has primarily presided over domestic violence cases, Veterans’ Treatment Court and Community Court.  Along with our community justice partners, she has worked to enhance these specialty courts.  She is currently serving in her second term as Assistant Presiding Judge and is on many internal committees, including the Executive Committee.  Judge Donohue is also the judicial lead on the Court’s electronic court file committee, which is charged with making the Court paperless. 


Judge Donohue is a proponent of education on all levels.  She volunteers with the Pacific Science Center Day Camps, teaching fourth through sixth graders about Seattle Municipal Court.  Shortly after joining the bench, Judge Donohue co-founded and currently serves as co-director of Seattle Youth Traffic Court, in which students from Garfield High School learn about the court process and teen drivers learn about the importance of safe driving.  She also volunteers for Seattle YMCA Mock Trial, speaks to law school students and participates in King County Kids’ Court.


In Court, Judge Donohue educates people appearing before her about their rights and social services that are available to them in the community and educates domestic violence victims about their rights and opportunities for protection.  She serves as co-chair of the statewide District and Municipal Court Judges Association Education Committee and is the judicial representative of the Court on the Regional Law, Safety and Justice Committee. 


Our judiciary protects individual rights and society’s values.  Judge Donohue works hard to uphold our laws, to appear and act fairly to everyone, and to be respectful of every person appearing before her.  


Early endorsements include the King County Democrats, King County Young Democrats, the 11th, 32nd, 34th, 36th, 37th, 43rd and 46th District Democrats and the National Women’s Political Caucus. 


Judge Donohue is a lifelong Seattleite who graduated from Roosevelt High School, the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.  She appreciates the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Seattle over the next four years. 

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