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Kick Off Event

This weekend, Cecily’s parents, Dr. Robert & Jacqueline Juhl, hosted the Skagit County kick off for the campaign. Supporters, friends and family gathered at Farmstrong Brewing to find out more about Cecily’s candidacy.

This campaign is very much a grassroots effort and the contributions of volunteers is making all the difference. We welcome support with all aspects of the campaign and are looking forward to your ideas about how we can get out the vote in the primary this August and get Cecily elected to the Court of Appeals.

Other events in Island and Whatcom County are in the works and the team hopes to see you there if you missed us this past weekend. Feel free to email the campaign (cecilyforcoa@gmailcom) if you would like to host an event for Cecily. Be sure to follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter (@cecilyforcoa) for the latest updates on events and ways that you can get involved.

Cecily Attends National Association of Drug Court Professionals

Cecily attended the annual training conference for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in Houston, TX this week. She was grateful for the opportunity to expand her knowledge base with regard to therapeutic courts.

Over 5000 attendees from across the country, including the Skagit County Drug Court team, spent four days attending various presentations on topics such as public safety, medically-assisted treatment options, secondary trauma for practitioners and diversity and inclusion in therapeutic courts. Cecily is excited to bring this valuable information back to the office to share with her colleagues as they strive to constantly improve their work on behalf of their clients.

In addition to the professional development gained at the conference, Cecily was thrilled to be able to spend a few days in Texas as her extended family on both sides hail from the Lone Star State. She joined the Skagit Drug Court team in watching the Astros beat the Red Sox and took full advantage of the diverse cuisine, indulging in Viet-Cajun crawfish, brisket, kolaches and as many good ol’ TexMex enchiladas as she could find.

Low and Slow! The Lowrider show at Western Washington University brings fun in the sun.

Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, Western Washington University’s “Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0” lowrider show brought out some of the region’s best stock and custom lowrider builds, and Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez, a student at the time of the show’s founding, was front and center.

Presented by WWU’s chapter of M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantíl Chican@ de Aztlán or Chicano Student Movement of Aztlán), a nationwide organization which represents the interests of Chicano/Latino students throughout the United States at the high school, community college and university levels, the lowrider show is a chance for this community to come together in a show of solidarity and pride in their culture and people.

Praising the show’s dedicated and hard-working student and staff workers, as well as local vendors, Hazelrigg-Hernandez stated that the initial impetus for the show when she was a a member of the founding MEChA Chapter in 2000, was to create a welcoming space for students of Chicano/Latino backgrounds and challenge stereotypes associated with this unique art form. Showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of the cars and their makers to others reinforces the cultural bonds felt by students, faculty and the community at large.

 

 

The Journey Begins: Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez is running to fill the District 3 seat at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I.

Ceily headshot blue jacket

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.