Skagit County Deputy Public Defender, Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez is running to fill the District 3 seat at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I. This position was long held by Judge Mary Kay Becker who is set to retire at the end of her term later this year.
Born and raised on Whidbey Island, Cecily has spent the better part of the last decade representing low income clients in pending criminal cases in Skagit County courtrooms, following years spent as adjunct faculty in American Cultural Studies at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the mother of two incredible human beings and a new grandmother.
Cecily has deep ties to the four northwest counties represented by this seat on the Court of Appeals. Her family was brought from Texas to the Pacific Northwest by way of the U.S. Navy. Her father, Capt. Steven A. Hazelrigg, flew A-6s out of NAS Whidbey Island, where Cecily was born. She attended Oak Harbor schools from kindergarten through high school. Cecily then moved to Skagit County to pursue a paralegal degree from Skagit Valley College and then onto Whatcom County where she completed a B.A. at Western Washington University. She later earned a J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, incorporating a semester of study at the Universidad de Guanajuato Facultad de Derecho in Guanajuato, Mexico.
After law school, Cecily worked at Western Washington University managing the home office of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (now Association for Ethnic Studies) and teaching in the American Cultural Studies Program. Cecily was a visiting instructor at the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico in 2009. She formed the Hazelrigg-Hernandez Law Firm during this time and handled family-based immigration petitions. Cecily joined the Skagit County Public Defender’s office in 2010 and has handled cases in the misdemeanor unit, civil contempt matters, juvenile criminal hearings and at-risk youth hearings and in Skagit County’s therapeutic courts. She is currently assigned to the felony unit.
Cecily is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Skagit County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Washington Defender Association, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Latino/a Bar Association of Washington, American Federation State, County & Municipal Employees Union and Skagit-Island Community Partnerships for Transitions Solutions. Cecily serves as Secretary of PD Local 176 union and just completed two years of service as the team treasurer for her daughter’s Northwest United soccer team. She is a past member of Movimiento Estudiantíl Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) and actively mentors current students within the Western Washington University Chapter. Cecily is a past recipient of the Charles C. Irby Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies, the Ken Gass Community Service Award from the Whatcom Family & Community Network and the Western Washington University Women of Color Empowerment Award. She has been an active parent volunteer in both the Bellingham and Mount Vernon School Districts.
Cecily’s academic work and trial experience have uniquely prepared her to serve these communities on the Court of Appeals. She is proud to have been born, raised and educated in northwest Washington and her civic engagement speaks to her commitment to continued service to the residents of Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan and Island Counties.