Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday the appointment of Veronica Alicea Galván to the King County Superior Court bench.
Galván is a former Assistant City Attorney for the city of Seattle who currently presides over the Des Moines Municipal Court and operates a dual-language courtroom that allows cases to be heard in Spanish.
She earned her law degree from the University of Washington and her bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology from Western Washington University, according to a statement by the governor.
She is also an adjunct instructor at the Seattle University School of Law, where she teaches a continuing legal-educational program emphasizing multilingual legal education. She is the current president of the District and Municipal Court Judges Association. She was awarded the Juez Excepcional Award from the Latino/a Bar Association of Washington in 2014.
“Veronica is a highly respected judge and a strong voice in the Latino community,” said Inslee in his statement. “She brings a passion for justice and a dedication to her work that will serve the court well. I look forward to her service on the bench.”
Her term begins in January, when she will replace Judge Greg Canova, who is retiring.