© 2019 Washington State Superior Court Judge's Association

Our President, Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck

Judge Kitty-Ann van Doorninck was appointed to the Pierce County Superior Court bench in October 1998 by Governor Gary Locke.  For the past 20 years, she has dedicated her career to public service through local and statewide leadership roles dedicated to making the legal system more responsive to citizen’s needs, especially those of children and families.

Judge van Doorninck has long been an active member of the Superior Court Judge’s Association (SCJA) and serves as the organization’s current president.  She has represented the SCJA on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Commission on Children in Foster Care since 2007, has chaired the Legislative and Family & Juvenile Law committees since 2009, and served on the Board of Trustees.  

In 2016, Judge van Doorninck was proud to be named to Governor Inslee’s Blue-Ribbon Commission. The work of that Commission resulted in the creation of the Department of Youth and Family Services for Washington State.  

On the local level, Judge van Doorninck supports several Pierce County non-profit organizations, including Hilltop Artists and Arts Connects, which provide a creative outlet for justice involved young women, the YWCA, the American Leadership Forum, and the newly formed “Help Me Grow” project. She has served as a board member and president of Safe Streets and has been a dedicated member of the American Leadership Forum since 2001.  For many years, she has served on the Fund for Women and Girls Grant Committee.

Judge van Doorninck has been a member of the Tacoma City Club since 1999, is an active member of the Washington Women Lawyers, and has served as a trustee of the Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association.  In her spare time, she serves as a volunteer judge for the “We the People” high school civics program.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge van Doorninck was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for 15 years with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office where she spent seven years as Pierce County Prosecutor John Ladenburg’s Administrative Deputy, many years handling child abuse and sexual assault cases and two years in the tort/civil litigation division.

Judge van Doorninck received her undergraduate degree from California State Polytechnic University and her law degree from the University of Puget Sound. She is committed to her husband of 40 years, two adult sons and their families (including her first grandchild!) as well as her aging parents. Regular running keeps her sane.