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Susan Craighead

(Vermont & Merton 1986) (18 March 1964 - 29 December 2023)

Appointed to the King County Superior Court in 2007 by Governor Christine Gregoire, Judge Craighead served as Presiding Judge during the completion of the Clark Children and Family and Justice Center and was a leader in efforts to eliminate racial disparities in the juvenile system. She retired in 2021.

“Judge Craighead was a good friend to many and a leader on our Court,” Judge Jim Rogers said. “She tirelessly worked her cases, spent many hours on the creation of the CCFCJ, and presided over trials despite incredible health challenges. I often told her that she was the toughest person that I have ever met.”

Judge Craighead served as a commissioner for the Washington state Court of Appeals for five years before her appointment to Superior Court. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney for the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association.

Judge Craighead also served as the law clerk for Justice Shirley Abrahamson at the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, worked as a reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal and the Washington Post, and worked for the Federal Defenders of San Diego and the Alabama Capital Representation Resource Center.