About Judge Cecily Hazelrigg

 

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About Judge Cecily Hazelrigg

 

ABOVE: With the Acting Chief Justice Judge David Mann welcomes Judge Hazelrigg to Division I at her ceremonial investiture at Skagit County Superior Court in March 2019. 

ABOVE: Judge Hazelrigg presenting to K-12 educators at the Temple of Justice in Olympia, WA during the Legislative Scholars program in July 2019.

“In just under five years at Division 1, I have authored over 300 opinions, been a part of deciding over 800 additional appellate cases and served as Justice Pro Tempore at the Washington State Supreme Court.”

MY QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND

I was born and raised on Whidbey Island, where my father was stationed as a Navy pilot.

I attended the Skagit Valley College paralegal program as a young single mother and became the first graduate of that program to attend law school. I completed my undergraduate work at Western Washington University (WWU) and went on to graduate law school at Gonzaga, which included incredible opportunities for studying at universities in Mexico. From there I joined WWU as a staff member with the American Cultural Studies Program. I went on to become an adjunct instructor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and was later able to return to Mexico to teach cultural studies.

I began my legal career when I founded the Whatcom County-based Hazelrigg-Hernandez Law Firm where I practiced immigration law. For roughly a decade after that, I served as a deputy in the Skagit County Public Defender’s Office and spent most of my litigation career in the adult felony unit. I have maintained a commitment to community service by engaging in volunteer work and volunteering on various committees.

Currently, I am a member of the Court of Appeals Executive Committee and co-chair the Judicial Orientation and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees. I represent the Court of Appeals on the statewide BJA Public Engagement and Education Committee (formerly Public Trust and Confidence), co-chairing the K-12 Civics Education subcommittee, which manages the Judges in the Classroom Program and the annual Legislative Scholars Program with the state legislature. I previously served on the BJA Racial Justice Consortium and the Court System Education Funding Task Force.

In just under five years at Division 1, I have authored over 300 opinions, been a part of deciding over 800 additional appellate cases and served as Justice Pro Tempore at the Washington State Supreme Court.

ABOVE: Judge Hazelrigg and Skagit County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Neidzwski adapted to COVID-based changes to campaigning in 2020.

ABOVE: Judge Hazelrigg and her chambers staff celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Washington State Court of Appeals in October 2019

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ABOVE: Judge Hazelrigg “accidentally” ended up in the Bexar County courthouse complex when visiting family in San Antonio in April 2022.

ABOVE: Courtroom 2 of Skagit County Superior Court was filled with community members and many local judicial officers for Judge Hazelrigg’s investiture in March 2019. 

MY WORK ON THE COURT OF APPEALS

I am running for re-election to the Washington State Court of Appeals, District 3, Position 1. This district spans Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties. I first earned this seat in 2018 in a contested election when Judge Mary Kay Becker (Whatcom County) retired after 24 years of distinguished service. I was honored by her endorsement then and I am proud to hold her endorsement today.

In addition to the regular casework that comes before the court, I am the Acting Chief Judge for Division 1 and hold many administrative responsibilities as a result. I serve as the New Judge Orientation Lead for Division I and developed the judicial orientation curriculum that was ultimately adopted by our other two divisions.

My responsibilities include presenting annual training for our Division I law clerks and staff attorneys. I also develop and present continuing legal education courses on appellate practice to other members of the bar. I am leading efforts to revive our traveling court program which brings live oral argument into our communities, facilitating broad access to justice.

FAMILY

I am a mother and actively support my children in their interests and academics. My older child attended Shuksan Middle School and graduated from Squalicum High School, both in Whatcom County. My younger child attended elementary schools in Bellingham and Mount Vernon and is now a senior at Mount Vernon High School. I have been a parent volunteer in both the Bellingham and Mount Vernon School Districts and served as treasurer for my child’s team with Northwest United soccer club for several years.

THE CASE FOR RE-ELECTION

My trial experience, academic work, and deep community roots prepared me well to serve on the Court of Appeals. My years of spending at least three days per week in the courtroom as a litigator provide critical insights when reviewing cases on appeal. Lived experience informs a nimble and creative thought process on the bench.

My involvement in higher education honed my research and writing skills, instilled in me a deep value of clarity and precision, and enabled me to develop a communication style that conveys difficult concepts as clearly as possible. Legal practice, academia, and community work fostered a deep respect for collaboration when deciding cases as a panel, but also provided the confidence to stand in my own opinions independently when justice requires me to do so.

I am supported by a wide variety of legal professionals, judges, community leaders, and elected officials from both sides of the aisle because they know me to be a hard-working, insightful, community-focused, judge. I invite you to review the evidence and make an informed decision. I would be honored to have your support.

ABOVE: Judge Hazelrigg administered the oath of attorney for her former law clerk, Leah Wilborn-Neese, at the Court of Appeals in October 2021.

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