Washington Women Lawyers is pleased to share its Legacy Project. The Legacy Project was designed to honor our heritage, meaning to acknowledge and pay tribute to the contributions of founding members of WWL as well as pioneering women judges and attorneys in Washington. Interviews with these women have been recorded and preserved so we can know that history, honor it, and learn from it. .
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen was elected as the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court in 2009 and has been a Justice on the Court since 1992. She was third woman to serve on the Court. Chief Justice Madsen is the Chair of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission. She received the Washington Women Lawyers Vanguard Award in 1998 and 2002 for her leadership and inspiration for women in the legal profession, among other awards.
Justice Susan Owens was elected as the seventh woman to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court in 2000, from the rural area of Western Clallam County. She formerly served as a District Court judge, the Quileute Tribe's Chief Judge, and Chief Judge of the Lower Elwha S'Klallam Tribe in that County.