Judge Patti Connolly Walker

District Court Judge, Department 4, Courtroom 4


  • Current Assignment:  Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Court
  • Elected: 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
  • Judicial Assistant: Erika Tedder, 509-477-2922
  • Courtroom Clerk: Luda Gardner, 509-477-2948

Career Highlights


  • Presiding Judge District Court: 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant City Attorney: 1990 - 2001 (Constitutional Law, Adult Entertainment, and Appeals)
  • Assistant City Prosecutor: 1988 - 1990
  • District Court Commissioner: 2001 until elected Judge in 2002
  • District Court Judge: 2002 - Present
  • Founding Member DUI Court: 2005
  • Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court: 1990
  • Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor: 1996 - 2001 (High Technology and Sex Crimes)

Professional Affiliations & Committees


  • City of Valley Court Formation Committee: 2002
  • Corrections Alternative Review Board Member: 2004 - Present
  • Detention Project Stakeholder: 2007 - Present
  • District and Municipal Court Executive Committee: 2005 - 2007
  • District and Municipal Court Judges' Association: 2001 - Present
  • District and Municipal Judges Diversity Committee Member: 2008 - Present
  • District and Municipal Judges Education Committee: 2010
  • District Court Liaison Committee: 1990
  • Domestic Violence Perpetrators Committee: 2004 - 2006
  • Law and Justice Video Project, ABA Award: 1993
  • National Justice Coalition Committee: 2002
  • President, Spokane Chapter Washington Women Lawyers: 2000 - 2001
  • President, Spokane County Young Lawyers: 1992 - 1993
  • Sex Offender Management Committee: 1996 - 1998
  • Spokane County Bar Member: 1988 - Present
  • Traffic Safety Committee: 2005 - 2009
  • Trial Court Coordinating Council: 2006 - 2007
  • Trustee, Washington State Young Lawyers: 1991 - 1992
  • Union Negotiation Team: 2006 - 2007
  • Washington State Judicial College Faculty: 2006 - 2010

Education


  • Carleton University BA, 1985
  • Gonzaga University School of Law JD, 1988 Cum Laude

Civic Involvement


  • Boys' State: 1995
  • Guardian Ad Litem Juvenile Court CASA Program: 1994 - 2002
  • Hockey Coach, SAYHA: 1998 - 2006
  • Hockey Player: 1978 - Present
  • Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program: 1998
  • Income Tax Assistance Volunteer: 1986
  • Neighborhood Accountability Board Juvenile Court: 1989 - 1991
  • President, North Wall Schools PTO: 1995 - 1997
  • Project READ Volunteer: 1988
  • Sit and Be Fit Board Member: 2005 - Present