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Email: cecilyforcoa@gmail.com
Phone: 360-202-8508
Mail: PO Box 32594
Bellingham, WA 98228

Integrity, Experience, Community

“Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez is an outstanding, hard-working lawyer and she will be an outstanding, hard-working judge on the Court of Appeals. Be assured that she will serve the law with integrity, impartiality, and independence.”

Judge Mary Kay Becker, Court of Appeals

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-04T14:51:29+00:00

Judge Mary Kay Becker, Court of Appeals

“Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez is an outstanding, hard-working lawyer and she will be an outstanding, hard-working judge on the Court of Appeals. Be assured that she will serve the law with integrity, impartiality, and independence.”
“I am happy to endorse Cecily for this important position. She has broad experience and progressive values. I believe she will make an excellent judge.”

James Erb

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-04T08:30:01+00:00

James Erb

“I am happy to endorse Cecily for this important position. She has broad experience and progressive values. I believe she will make an excellent judge.”
“I'm supporting Cecily because I think her down to earth, progressive views are those that we need in the courts. I also think her experience as an educator and public defender will benefit the people in the counties she will serve.”

Vickie DiMaggio

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-04T08:30:33+00:00

Vickie DiMaggio

“I'm supporting Cecily because I think her down to earth, progressive views are those that we need in the courts. I also think her experience as an educator and public defender will benefit the people in the counties she will serve.”
"Cecily's integrity and commitment to justice is exactly what our communities need. I support her candidacy entirely and look forward to witnessing the great service she will bring to the bench."

Marco Morales, Community Member

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-07-10T15:44:22+00:00

Marco Morales, Community Member

"Cecily's integrity and commitment to justice is exactly what our communities need. I support her candidacy entirely and look forward to witnessing the great service she will bring to the bench."
"Cecily's diversity of experience as a public defender, a paralegal, immigration attorney and educator, brings a needed perspective to the court. She is bilingual, committed to dismantling barriers to legal access, is a mother, grandmother, and daughter of a pilot who died in the line of duty."

Carrie Blackwood, Of Counsel

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-08-25T15:37:39+00:00

Carrie Blackwood, Of Counsel

"Cecily's diversity of experience as a public defender, a paralegal, immigration attorney and educator, brings a needed perspective to the court. She is bilingual, committed to dismantling barriers to legal access, is a mother, grandmother, and daughter of a pilot who died in the line of duty."
"Cecily is an intelligent, compassionate and ethical attorney. She understands the history and context of where we live and will be a fair and thoughtful judge on the WA Court of Appeals."

Julie Helling, J.D.

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-07-04T18:10:02+00:00

Julie Helling, J.D.

"Cecily is an intelligent, compassionate and ethical attorney. She understands the history and context of where we live and will be a fair and thoughtful judge on the WA Court of Appeals."
“I have had the pleasure to work with Cecily for a decade. I am always struck by her compassion, ethics and her overwhelming desire to 'do what's right'.”

Jeanne McDermott

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-04T08:29:20+00:00

Jeanne McDermott

“I have had the pleasure to work with Cecily for a decade. I am always struck by her compassion, ethics and her overwhelming desire to 'do what's right'.”
"Vote for Cecily
A phenomenal woman
Our next appeals court judge"

Joe Wooding, Educator (BSD)

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-07-04T18:14:24+00:00

Joe Wooding, Educator (BSD)

"Vote for Cecily A phenomenal woman Our next appeals court judge"
"Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez cares deeply about justice, and perhaps more importantly, access to justice, for all. She has the intelligence, the compassion, and the work ethic to be an excellent Judge on the Court of Appeals."

Elizabeth Neidzwski

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-04T08:27:53+00:00

Elizabeth Neidzwski

"Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez cares deeply about justice, and perhaps more importantly, access to justice, for all. She has the intelligence, the compassion, and the work ethic to be an excellent Judge on the Court of Appeals."
"Cecily brings a great understanding of the practical issues and lives of people who receive so little help and justice - the low-income and moderate-income people who have not recovered from the recession"

Kelly Owen, attorney

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-10-07T21:06:52+00:00

Kelly Owen, attorney

"Cecily brings a great understanding of the practical issues and lives of people who receive so little help and justice - the low-income and moderate-income people who have not recovered from the recession"
"Cecily is a compassionate and intelligent women who is highly qualified for a position on the court of appeals. Vote for Cecily in the August Primary! Ballots arrive in the mail around July 19th!"

Iris Carias
City Councilmember, Mt. Vernon
Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-07-10T08:02:24+00:00
Iris Carias
City Councilmember, Mt. Vernon
"Cecily is a compassionate and intelligent women who is highly qualified for a position on the court of appeals. Vote for Cecily in the August Primary! Ballots arrive in the mail around July 19th!"
“As an appellate attorney, I know Cecily will make an important and substantial contribution to the Court of Appeals.”

- Phillip Buri

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-25T18:32:36+00:00

- Phillip Buri

“As an appellate attorney, I know Cecily will make an important and substantial contribution to the Court of Appeals.”
“We need integrity in our Courts, so I support Cecily for Court of Appeals Div 1, Position 3”

– Robert Butler

Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez for Court of Appeals - Division 1, Position 3
2018-09-25T18:33:08+00:00

– Robert Butler

“We need integrity in our Courts, so I support Cecily for Court of Appeals Div 1, Position 3”

“I pursued a legal career to engage my love of research, analytical skills and advocacy for the benefit of the community where I live and raise my children. My work ethic is formidable, and I am ready to put it to use for District 3.” – Cecily

I am a Deputy Public Defender for Skagit County who has committed my career to representing people who might not otherwise have equitable access to quality advocacy. On top of my full-time felony caseload, I have engaged in training my peers on matters of implicit bias, development of cultural competencies and immigration matters. I have volunteered my time in leading our office in conversations with local jail leadership on developing policies around ICE detainers and incarcerated persons, representing our office at the Skagit-Island Community Partnership for Transitions Solutions (a local advocacy group seeking to address recidivism by helping recently incarcerated persons access housing, education and employment), and by engaging in community outreach around the right to counsel, knowing one’s rights in an immigration context and serving as a volunteer lawyer at various free legal clinics. Prior to my work as a public defender, I was in private practice immigration law, assisting clients in sponsoring their qualifying family members for permanent residency. As a student, I worked in civil litigation and family law settings.

I was an adjunct instructor in American Cultural Studies at the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at WWU, teaching lower and upper division courses for seven years. I worked with undocumented and first generation students, served as a mentor for the WWU Chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan, worked on the committee to develop and implement the Raza Latina Studies Minor in the American Cultural Studies Program, ran the home office for the National Association for Ethnic Studies, taught continuing education courses on cultural competencies for teachers of immigrant students, and engaged in other community outreach as both a university instructor and as a parent of a child in the Bellingham School District. I am the Secretary of AFSCME Local 176 and have held that role for the past three years. I have been a member of that union for eight years and was previously a union member at WWU.

My work as an instructor and as an attorney has prepared me to serve my community at the Court of Appeals by honing my research and writing skills, but also providing me with a solid intersectional framework for understanding historical barriers to access to justice for many traditionally marginalized communities. My understanding of these barriers is more than academic, however, as I also have the lived experience of a woman of mixed ethnicity. I am proudly Chicana, but I also “pass” in American society and carry various privileges as well. As a first-generation student in my family to hold a doctorate level degree, after having pursued my academic career as a young single parent, I have developed an exceptional ability to work efficiently and effectively while also remaining an engaged parent and community activist, which is evidence of my ability problem-solve around challenges that I may encounter. As a public defender, my work ethic is impressive and I am easily capable of handling the work load at the Court of Appeals, while still producing high quality work. I am able to effectively translate the historically exclusive language of the law in a way that makes it more accessible to the community at large, which I believe is critical in terms of social equity.

Legal experience is extremely important for this position at the Court of Appeals, but that is measured by more than quantity. The quality of experience of a candidate is an essential measure as well. I believe that this is best measured by the reputation one holds within the legal community, as demonstrated by a breadth of endorsements of other lawyers and judicial officers. I am proud to have earned the endorsement of Judge Mary Kay Becker, whose upcoming retirement from the Court of Appeals has created the vacancy I am seeking to fill. Additionally, I am endorsed by judges before whom I have practiced in both Skagit County.

Superior and District Courts: Superior Court Judges David Svaren, Laura Riquelme and Susan Cook (retired), District Court Judge Diane Goddard and Commissioner Jenifer Howson. I am also endorsed by judges in other jurisdictions in the District and beyond: WA Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Whatcom County Superior Court Judges Deborra Garrett and Raquel Montoya-Lewis and Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Marybeth Dingledy and District Court Presiding Judge Anthony Howard.

As a result of my education, community service, career and professional reputation, I have earned the endorsement of retiring Court of Appeals, Division I Judge Mary Kay Becker.

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Skagit County Bar Association
  • Washington Defender Association
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Latino/a Bar Association of Washington
  • Skagit-Island Community Partnership for Transition Solutions
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – Local 176PD

Bellingham BBQ – July 15, 2018