Rhonda Laumann understands the challenges faced by working families everywhere. She’s lived them.  She will be the kind of judge South King County deserves.

Growing up in Grand Junction, Colorado, Rhonda’s dad was a veteran who worked for Ma Bell for 44 years – a proud member of the Communication Workers of America (CWA).  Rhonda’s mom owned an independent kitchen store for 33 years.  Married for 56 years now, the Laumanns raised Rhonda and her sister to make their own way in the world – no matter what the challenges.

Rhonda paid her own way through college and law school – Colorado Mesa University (1989) and Seattle U (1992) — working at a series of minimum wage retail jobs.  She has also faced the challenge of being a single mom to two young daughters — balancing child care, homework, and soccer with the demands of her own job.  Rhonda’s daughters, Skye and Sage, are now 18 and 22 and making their own way in the world.

Rhonda has had a broad range of experience as a lawyer – a background that will prepare her well for her role as a judge.  She has experience as a prosecutor, an advocate for injured people, an insurance company litigator, and for the past nine years, she has worked as an independent Mediator, Arbitrator, and Judge Pro Tem in the District and Municipal Courts.

Rhonda has also earned a reputation as a committed and effective educator.  Since 2006, she has taught large groups of lawyers, through presentation and demonstration, how to improve their skills as advocates.  Working with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), she recruits and mentors women and minority lawyers to serve as teachers in the Deposition and Trial Skills programs. Her work with attorneys from non-profit organizations like the Esperanza Law Project, Columbia Legal Services, NW Justice Project, ACLU, and Team Child brings basic trial skills to immigration attorneys. She also teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington Law School.  Her teaching experience shines when she is on the bench.  Judges must be clear in their rulings and communicate the expectations of the justice system in way that is understandable to each individual.

Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by three independent Bar Associations, Rhonda Laumann will be a great addition to the judiciary in South King County.