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Hola a todos! Bievenidos al Mes de la Herencia Latinx/Hispana.

Welcome to the Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month!

This year’s theme is Esperanza: A Celebration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage and Hope.

The King County Superior Courts and Community Committee celebrates Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. We ask you to join us to celebrate the successes, contributions, and rich cultures of the Latinx/Hispanic communities in the United States. We will honor this wonderful celebration through weekly e-newsletters, podcasts, KC staff activities, and a virtual public event during the week of October 11.

Please read our Welcome e-newsletter HERE.

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Please join us for:


“Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West”

Thursday, Sept 30 at 12:15 – 1:15 pm.

Presented by Professor Peter Boag, WSU

Our knowledge of the complexity and diversity of human sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression has evolved gradually over time. It is vital for lawyers and judges to understand these issues, and how they intersect with the law. Historical perspectives contribute significantly to our understanding.

Peter Boag, professor of history at Washington State University in Vancouver and author of Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past presents “Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West,” which is based on the current exhibit of the same title that he has co-curated at the Washington State Historical Society in Tacoma. “Transgender” is a term that only first appeared in the 1960s. Today transgender people are at the center of ongoing culture wars and legal battles in the United States. But people who were assigned one gender and sex at birth and who later identified and presented as the other or another gender and sex have always existed. They have also been met with varied responses ranging from sensation and condemnation to, perhaps surprisingly, indifference and even approbation. In “Crossing Boundaries,” Professor Boag explores the experiences, identities, and some of the legal difficulties of a variety of such individuals who crossed gender boundaries in the American West between 1860 and 1940. He also discusses the  difficulties of historicizing and sensitively portraying them in a museum exhibit.

 WA CJE credit approved / WSBA CLE credit pending.  Registration required:

All are welcome to this no-cost virtual program.  Please share this information with your networks.

A livestream option will be available via KCTV:

Brought to you by the King County Superior Court Courts & Community Committee and the QLaw Association of Washington.  



Virtual Juneteenth Celebration


Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 997 7113 6839 Passcode: 737212

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"Where Are You Really From?"

Anti-Asian Violence and Discrimination: A Legal and Historical Perspective

The Courts and Community Committee of the King County Superior Court is sponsoring a panel discussion on recent rise in anti-Asian violence and hate crimes from a legal and historical perspective, including history of anti-Asian violence and discrimination in the US. The panelists will also discuss Asian Americans and politics, portrayal of Asians in the media, and the model minority myth.

May 26, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time (US/Canada)

A recording of this program is available on the Superior Court YouTube channel

 Please see this related report from the Asian American Bar Association of New York.

Please fill out a survey on the program to help us improve our offerings.




Connect with the community

We recognize that the court can be mysterious and black robes can be intimidating. We want to break down those barriers through our Court and Communities group.

We connect with our communities through presentations, in-person visits, and events which we host and attend. We talk to youth, civic groups, and legal organizations. 

We pick the topic or you pick the topic. Our goal is to improve the two-way conversation. We have as much to learn from you as you do from us.

Some previous topics have included: 

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Legal help for litigants with no attorney or limited English
  • Bail reform 
  • How to court works and how it is funded

To arrange for a speaker, please contact our Communications Manager, by email or phone at 206.477-0127.

Scott talks to kids

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Judge Michael Scott talks to 4th graders about the Bill of Rights on Constitution Day






Judge Johanna Bender listens to questions at a media event




Judge Cathy Moore finds the future bench in White Center 

2020 Events

January - Martin Luther King Day luncheon (Judge Keenan & Judge Moore)

February - Black History Month (Judge McCullough & Judge Phelps) 

February/March - Mock Trial (Judge McHale)

May - Asian Pacific American Heritage month (Judge Chung)

June - LGBTQ Pride Month (Judge Bender & Judge Scott) 

September - LatinX Heritage Month (Judge McCullough)

September - Constitution Day (Judge Moore & Judge Scott)

October - Disability Awareness Day (Judge Shaffer) 

November - Native American Heritage Event (Judge McCullough, Judge McHale, Judge Rothrock)

ask_a judge event 

14 judges participate in KUOW's "Ask A.. Judge" event 




Members of the bench host a LatinX event at El Centro de la Raza








Four members of Franklin High School's stellar Mock Trial team