Retain Judge

E. Rania Rampersad

King County District Court, East Division, Judicial Position No. 7
Judge Rania E. Rampersad

Due to her outstanding qualifications, balanced perspective, and unparalleled breadth of experience, we support the retention of Judge E. Rania Rampersad!

Judge Rania values justice and fairness. Every day, she hears cases in our community involving domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, and addiction. She understands, the right balance of compassion and accountability can help get people's lives back on track and keep our community safer for everyone. Judge Rania brings her experience of over a decade in public service, at every level of court in Washington State. She has the official endorsement of dozens of judges, including a majority of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Our community needs judges like Judge Rania to ensure the bench shares our values, respects all citizens' rights, and faithfully executes the law. Join us to support Judge Rania!

Please consider donating. Sign up to endorse Judge Rania, volunteer on the campaign, or register to host a 'meet the candidate' event.

And don't forget to VOTE on November 8, 2022 in King County!

The Committee to Retain Judge Rania
PO Box 20664, Seattle, WA 98102
retainjudgerania@gmail.com

Experience

Judge Rania being presented her gavel.
Judge Rania's Investiture (2021)
Judge E. Rania Rampersad was unanimously appointed by the King County Council to the King County District Court bench in 2021. She currently serves in the Bellevue, Redmond and Issaquah courthouses, where she hears all matters before the Court, including criminal cases, traffic infractions, protection orders, and name change petitions. In the two years prior to her appointment, she served as a judge pro tempore in eight municipal courts in the Puget Sound region.

After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center, she began her legal career as a law clerk to then-Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington Supreme Court. She has practiced at every level of Court in Washington, from municipal to Supreme, as well as in Tulalip Tribal Court.

In addition to her work as a judicial officer, Judge Rampersad has served as a public defender in trial and appellate courts, and as a prosecutor in both criminal and civil licensure cases. She has represented institutional clients in class action and other complex civil litigation, and represented indigent clients as a civil legal aid attorney.

Judge Rampersad has also worked for the United Nations and other non-profit organizations abroad in Asia and Africa promoting human rights, the rule of law, and criminal justice reform.


Endorsements

Judges

  • The Honorable Barbara A. Madsen, Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Debra L. Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Mary Yu, Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Raquel Montoya-Lewis, Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Helen Whitener, Washington State Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Rebecca Glasgow, Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, Acting Chief Judge
  • The Honorable Janet Chung, Washington Court of Appeals, Division One
  • The Honorable Ian Birk, Washington Court of Appeals, Division One
  • The Honorable Johanna Bender, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Nicole Phelps, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Matthew Williams, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable David Keenan, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Ketu Shah, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Hillary Madsen, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Jason Poydras, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Kristin Ballinger, King County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Fa’amomoi Masaniai, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Marcus Naylor, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Kristen Shotwell, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Marcine Anderson, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Rebecca Robertson, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Kevin Peck, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Brian Todd, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Michelle Gehlsen, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Michael Finkle, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Gregg Hirakawa, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Lisa O'Toole, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Jill Klinge, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Leah Taguba, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Kuljinder Dhillon, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Janet Garrow, (Retired) King County District Court
  • The Honorable Lisa Paglisotti, King County District Court
  • The Honorable Kimberly Walden, Tukwila Municipal Court
  • The Honorable Anthony Gipe, Kent Municipal Court
  • The Honorable Faye Chess, Seattle Municipal Court
  • The Honorable Lisa Mansfield, Lakewood Municipal Court
  • The Honorable Kara Murphy, Renton Municipal Court
  • The Honorable Indu Thomas, Thurston County Superior Court
  • The Honorable Benes Aldana, (Retired) Chief Trial Judge, U.S. Coast Guard

Attorneys

  • James Williams, Esq. – law firm managing partner
  • Carolyn Ladd, Esq. – employment law attorney
  • Dillon Spiess, Esq. – in-house counsel & former Tribal court prosecutor
  • Chalia Stallings-Ala'ilima, Esq. – civil rights attorney
  • Jaime Hawk, Esq. – civil rights attorney
  • Yohannes Sium, Esq. – solo practitioner
  • Samuel Castic, Esq. – privacy law attorney
  • Brooke Barnes, Esq. – private criminal defense attorney, former public defender
  • Betsy Crumb, Esq. – attorney
  • Paul Heer, Esq. – law firm principal, investments law
  • Rajeev Majumdar, Esq. – law firm managing partner, criminal prosecution & general practice
  • Mackenzie Sanders, Esq. – plaintiff's civil litigation attorney
  • Laura Umetsu, Esq. – domestic violence survivor advocacy
  • Riddhi Mukhopadhyay, Esq. – civil rights attorney and civil legal aid executive director

Elected Officials

  • John Stokes, Bellevue City Council Member
  • Ed Prince, Renton City Council Member
  • Deanna Dawson, (Former) Edmonds City Council Member
  • Manka Dhingra, Washington State Senate - 45th Legislative District, Deputy Majority Leader
  • Jamila Taylor, Washington State Representative - 30th Legislative District
  • Joan McBride, Former Washington State Representative - 48th Legislative District; Former Mayor of Kirkland
  • Roger Goodman, Washington State Representative - 45th Legislative District
  • Claudia Balducci, King County Council Chair

Organizations

  • 5th Legislative District Democrats

Philosophy

Rania in Dadaab.
UNHCR Mission - Dadaab, Kenya (2007)
Judge Rampersad supports the work of therapeutic and community courts, having served as the assigned public defender for Yakima County’s DUI Court. She is experienced with criminal justice reform, bail reform, the development and advocacy of alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders.

Judge Rampersad supports human rights and the rule of law, particularly for underserved communities. In furtherance of this aim, she has lived and worked in multiple countries throughout her legal career.

Rania interviewing asylum seekers.
Interviewing asylum applicants (2007)
  • Dadaab Refugee Camp, Kenya - evaluated asylum claims for survivors of torture and war crimes, and screened US resettlement applicants for potential security threats.
  • Beijing, China - trained defense attorneys serving minority communities including Tibetan, Yi, Mongolian, and internally displaced people.
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - represented urban refugees fleeing violence in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • New York, New York - provided legal support to immigrant survivors of domestic violence.


Community

Local Roots

Rania with her family.
Rania, Ben, and the boys
Judge Rampersad was born in the Seattle area and is a long-time resident of the Eastside. She attended Bellevue public schools and is a proud graduate of Newport High School. She earned a major in Business (Finance), and a minor in Chinese Language & Literature, from the University of Washington. She lives in Bellevue with her husband and three young children. Her eldest attends the Bellevue School District's Spanish immersion program.

Volunteering

Judge Rampersad regularly engages with her community through volunteer work with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Jewish Family Services, local public schools, and other service organizations. She mentors undergraduates, law students, and legal professionals through a variety of programs. Judge Rampersad volunteers to support medical services for indigent children in the Seattle area. She regularly speaks at schools about the legal system and pathways to a legal career for under-served community members.

Organizations

  • 2007 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Dadaab Kenya Refugee Camp
  • 2012 Asylum Access - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
  • 2013 International Bridges to Justice - Beijing, China
  • 2014 Washington State Attorney General's Office - Olympia, WA
  • 2016 Founded Eleemosynary Legal Services (appellate public defense law firm) - Seattle, WA
  • 2019 Founded the Washington Joint Minority Mentorship Program (JMMP) - currently serving 11 bar association partners and over 125 participants in 2021
  • 2020 President of the South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW)

Judicial Ratings

  • Loren Miller Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee – Exceptionally Well Qualified (valid through 2024)
  • King County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee – Exceptionally Well Qualified (valid through 2022)
  • Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee – Well Qualified (valid through 2022)
  • QLaw Judicial Evaluation Committee – Well Qualified (valid through 2022)
  • Latina/o Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee – Well Qualified (valid through 2022)

Awards, Honors, & Associations

  • Vietnamese Bar Association of Washington (VABAW)- Community Service Award (2021)
  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) - President (2020)
  • William L. Dwyer American Inns of Court - Master Level Membership (2020-present)
  • National Judicial College - Judicial Academy Fellow (2019)
  • Seattle University, Judicial Institute Clinic - Judicial Fellow (2019)
  • Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) - Fellow (2015)
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL) - Arthur C. Helton Fellowship for Refugee Field Work (2007)

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