SEATTLE — Washington State Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, who had served five years on the Whatcom County Superior Court, was recently named Judge of the Year by the Washington State chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national organization that works to advance the civil jury trial and elevate the standards of the legal profession.
The award recognizes an individual who strives to uphold and defend the ethics and standards of the United States judiciary system, as an exemplary leader in the mission to promote justice and liberty for all American citizens.
Montoya-Lewis has served on the Washington State Supreme Court since her appointment in December 2019 and was just elected to her position as well.
“We believe that Justice Montoya-Lewis exemplifies all of the qualities of a thoughtful, prudent jurist, melding compassion, intellect and a stellar understanding of the law,” said Raymond Dearie, president of the Washington State chapter of the Trial Advocates.
The previously served as the chief judge of the Lummi Nation, the Upper Skagit Valley Indian Tribe and the Nooksack Indian Tribe. And she has been a trial and appellate judge for various Native American tribes across the United States, and she worked as a law professor at Western Washington University.