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April 2015 Bar Bulletin

Janet Helson Appointed to Superior Court Bench


OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March 11 that he has appointed Seattle attorney Janet Helson to the King County Superior Court bench. Helson replaces Judge Kimberley Prochnau who retired after more than seven years of distinguished service (see article on page 4).

At the time of her appointment, Helson was with Skellenger Bender P.S., where she practiced family law. She previously worked for more than 12 years at Columbia Legal Services where she assisted low-income clients on a range of family law, domestic violence and kinship care issues. Her experience also includes serving as a law clerk for Judge Betty Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for U.S. District Court Judge Robert Peckham.

"Janet's record and experience show a deep commitment to serving families and children, and ensuring everyone has access to quality representation and service in our legal system," Gov. Inslee said. "She will be an outstanding addition to the bench."

Helson attended Harvard and Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley. She has volunteered on numerous state bar and legal associations, including her current role on the National Family Law Advisory Council for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and formerly on the Q-Law Judicial Screening Committee.


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