Superior Court Department 17


  • Judge: Honorable Karena Kirkendoll Dept 17 - Judge Karena Kirkendoll-150
  • Elected / Appointed: January 3, 2017

Education

  • University of Puget Sound, J.D. 1991
  • University of Idaho, B.S. 1985

Career Highlights

  • Elected Pierce County Superior Court Judge 2017
  • Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner 2013 - 2016
  • Industrial Appeals Judge, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals 2009 - 2013
  • Administrative Law Judge, Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings 2006 - 2009
  • Lawyer in private practice 1994 - 2006 

Professional Affiliations, Committees

  • PCSC Criminal Procedure Committee chair 
  • PCSC Executive Committee member 
  • PCSC History Committee member 
  • Honorable Robert J. Bryan Inn of Court - President 2019-2020
  • Presiding Family Court Judge 2018-2019
  • American Bar Association member
  • Superior Court Judges Association member
  • Washington Women Lawyers member
  • TPCBA President 2005
  • TPCBA Family Law Section - President 2003
  • TPCBA Outstanding Service Award 2003

Civic Involvement

  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • YMCA Mock Trial Competition
  • Race for the Cure 
  • Law Week - Judges in Classroom 
  • Tacoma Rotary #8