Friday Jun 10, 2016

“Ferguson and the Courts”

Karli Jorgensen

Judge Kent Municipal Court

Introduced by: Chris Boland

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Behind the issue of police use of force and racial conflict, Judge Jorgensen’s presentation will address how the Ferguson Municipal Court directly contributed to undermining the legitimacy of the  police and helped destroy the community trust in government.

Why is this important? Because no one should want to duplicate this in their community!


About the Speaker

HON. KARLI KRISTINE JORGENSEN was appointed to the Kent Municipal Court bench in 2011 and was elected to retain her seat in 2013. Prior to her appointment, she had served as a Judge Pro Tem for 18 years in King County and numerous Municipal Courts.

Judge Jorgensen currently serves on the Diversity, Therapeutic Courts and Judicial Assistance Service Program committees with the District and Municipal Courts Judicial Association (DMCJA) and is an active member of the Regional Law, Safety and Justice Committee and Trial Court Coordination Council. She has been a Pro Tem Training instructor for both King County District Court and the DMCJA and has also presented at the Judicial Institute. Judge Jorgensen also participates in the annual “Gift of Life” programs at all Kent High Schools which educates young men and women about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

Judge Jorgensen graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Literature. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University (Institute of Public Service) and received a J.D from the University of Washington.

She was also honoured to serve as a volunteer officiate on Marriage Equality Day in December 2012.