BREMERTON — Two judges are scheduled as guest speakers at the League of Women Voters of Kitsap’s April 15 meeting, 12-1:30 p.m. at Poulsbo City Hall, 200 NE Moe St.
The speakers are Kitsap County District Court Judge Marilyn Paja and retired Judge Robin Hunt of the Washington State Court of Appeals. They will discuss the election of judges and judicial neutrality.
Paja has served as an elected District Court judge in Kitsap County for 14 years and for another 14 years as the presiding judge for the Gig Harbor Municipal Court. She practiced criminal and personal injury law in Tacoma and owned her own practice in Port Orchard from 1982 until her election 1998.
She grew up on a working farm in Oregon and put herself through Willamette University and University of Puget Sound Law School by working at various jobs. She was named “Outstanding Judge of the Year” by her colleagues in 2010. She has taught at the People’s Law School.
Hunt was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1996, then re-elected in 2002 and 2008. Prior to her election she was in private practice in Alaska and Seattle and worked in the King County Prosecutors Office’s Criminal Division.
She also served as Bainbridge Island Municipal Court judge pro tem and hearing examiner adjudicating local land use issues and administrative appeals. Hunt was born in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Smith College and of the Wayne State University Law School.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Individuals may bring their own lunch or signup for a box lunch from Coffee Oasis for $12.
Box lunch orders must be paid for by April 8 by check to Sharon Shrader, 525 Lebo Blvd. Unit E1, Bremerton 98310, call 360-373-9608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch will consist of a spinach wrap with chicken walnuts, celery, apples, with Swiss cheese and romaine, plus beverage and dessert. A vegetarian alternative will be available; indicate preference with reservation.