Update 1/9/2017: The Full City Council confirmed both appointments. Congratulations to the new Municipal Court Judges!
Seattle City Council is set to put forth a full Council vote of two nominees for Seattle City Municipal Court. Anita Crawford-Willis has been nominated as the appointee for the Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position 4, while Adam Eisenberg has been nominated for Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position 3. Approval and taking of oaths for the two positions is expected on Monday. Both come with direct, recent experience in Seattle City Courts, with Ms. Crawford-Willis currently servicing as the Assistant Chief Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings in Seattle, while Mr. Eisenberg serves as a Magistrate on Seattle Municipal Court, presiding over criminal and traffic court cases.
Ms. Crawford-Willis is being appointed to fill the position previously held by Judge Judith Montgomery Hightower, who has retired from the Court. According to her appointment packet:
Anita Crawford-Willis currently serves as the Assistant Chief Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings in Seattle and serves as a Judge Pro Tem on the Seattle Municipal Court. Ms. Crawford-Willis graduated from the Seattle University School of Law and began her career as a public defender. The hallmark of her career has been her leadership in mentoring and empowering students of color in their pursuit of careers in public service. She has been an active member of the King County legal community for the past 25 years and serves on the Board of Regents for Seattle University.
Mr. Eisenberg is being appointed to fill the position previously held by Judge Steve Rosen, who was elected to the King County Superior Court. His appointment package states:
Adam Eisenberg currently serves as a Magistrate on the Seattle Municipal Court and teaches art and cultural property law at the University of Washington Museology graduate program. Prior to entering law, Mr. Eisenberg worked as a film and television journalist in Los Angeles and is a published fiction and non-fiction author. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law and served as a criminal prosecutor prior to being appointed commissioner and then magistrate judge on the Seattle Municipal Court. Mr. Eisenberg is active member in the King County legal community and has worked extensively on domestic violence issues outside the courtroom.
Ever wondered exactly what an oath to a position in the Courts looks like? Here’s a preview from the appointment packet:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Washington, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of judge of the Municipal Court of The City of Seattle according to the best of my ability.