Northwest Asian Weekly
The Metropolitan King County Council appointed Gregg Hirakawa on May 9, to help fill two vacancies in the King County District Court West Division (Seattle).
Gregg Hirakawa is a graduate of the Seattle University Law School who has served as a Judge Pro Tem. He was also communications director for the Seattle Department of Transportation and a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.
“I am extremely honored to have been selected for the position, and look forward to serving all the people of King County,” said Hirakawa.
Along with Hirakawa, Laurel Gibson was tapped to fill the vacancy in the Southwest Division (Burien) and Lisa Paglisotti will help Hirakawa in the West Division (Seattle).
“We take our responsibility to appoint well-qualified judges very seriously,” said Councilmember Kathy Lambert, chair of the Council’s Committee of the Whole. “I’m confident that our choices will serve the people of King County well and that we have chosen those most qualified.”
All of the candidates were rated and referred to the Council by the King County Bar Association (KCBA). Each of them received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from at least one of the bar associations.
After their appointments, if they want to continue on the bench, Hirakawa, Paglisotti, and Gibson will have to stand for election this fall.
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