Washington state finally appointed a Native American justice to the state Supreme Court for the first time, since its founding in 1889. Wow.
The conversation about how to stop systems perpetuating via bias is important. Watch her talk about it:
“We can’t undo all of that, but we can be conscious that it exists,” she said. “The conversation is important.”
Prepare to be woke:
"Montoya-Lewis will join a court that is majority female, with six women and three men, and includes a Latino justice, Steven Gonzalez, and the first openly gay and Asian American justice, Mary Yu.
Washington is one of 11 states, including Oregon, with majority female Supreme Courts, according to the National Center for State Courts."
Inslee first appointed Montoya-Lewis to the Whatcom County Superior Court in 2014. She was subsequently elected to the position. Previously, Montoya-Lewis served as chief judge for the Nooksack, Skagit and Lummi tribes. She has also served as a tribal appellate judge and taught at Western Washington University."
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