SCJA President's Message
September 22, 2021
Greetings fellow Judicial Officers,
I want to introduce myself as your new SCJA President for the remainder of the 2021-2022 term. I’m excited and humbled to be assuming this position from Judge David Estudillo (Grant County). Judge Estudillo recently resigned as the SCJA President, to take an appointment to the U.S. Federal District Court bench for the Western District of Washington. I am happy to take over as an Eastern Washington judge to finish out the rest of Judge Estudillo’s term, and I hope to continue the work and momentum he has started!
A bit about myself, I am a born and raised Eastern Washingtonian. I went to Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University School of Law. In my early legal career, I was a Family and Juvenile Law attorney, and volunteered with the WSBA as a Young Lawyer and founding member behind what has become the state’s Moderate Means program. Access to justice, helping to deliver a fair avenue into the legal system for underserved groups, has been my focus. After 13 years in private practice, I was appointed as a court commissioner in Spokane County in 2010, and later appointed as a judge by Governor Inslee in 2019. I have continued my work for the people of our state with service on several SCJA Committees, including serving as the Probate and Guardianship Committee chair, member of the Legislative Committee, and most recently, trustee to the SCJA Board District 6 (Eastern Washington).
The work of the SCJA is integral to the work we do in each of our counties, as well as on the state-wide level. Until I joined the SCJA, I had no idea just how many dedicated, hardworking, involved judges and commissioners it takes to address the plethora of issues we face as a judiciary every year – whether it be new legislation that we are vetting to ensure proper application, reacting to new Supreme Court decisions that require immediate state court action, encouraging our members with work/life balance issues, or ensuring access to quality ongoing judicial education. I am in awe of the hard work that so many of my judicial colleagues contribute to the SCJA, and I am proud to offer my assistance to the SCJA leadership team for the rest of this fiscal year.
I welcome and appreciate any feedback that you, as members, may have this year. Please reach out, reply, and respond with your thoughts and insights. Many emails will come across your desk, and I encourage you to communicate your thoughts on issues, especially when you have knowledge to share, or questions to ask. Many hands make light work, and I’m looking forward to working with all of YOU this year.
With humble thanks,
Judge Rachelle E. Anderson, President
Superior Court Judges' Association