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Iranian American Runs for Superior Court Judge in King County Washington



Monday, March 3, 2008

Iranian American Runs for Superior Court Judge in King County Washington

Seattle, WA - Susan Amini, a dedicated lawyer who has spent years helping the disadvantaged, is currently a candidate for the position of Superior Court Position 1 in King County (Seattle), Washington State. Amini is seeking the court seat soon to be vacated by Judge Charles Mertel.

Born in Iran, Amini was educated at Catholic schools in Tehran and Paris. She received her bachelor's degree from Tehran University and J.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Susan is married to Mo Habib, and they currently live in Kirkland. Their son, Cyrus, is a law student.

Amini has practiced law for 17 years. Her areas of specialization have included family law, criminal law, and immigration. She has represented small business owners, people fleeing persecution overseas and seeking asylum in the U.S., victims of child abuse and domestic violence, and the elderly at-risk.

In 1994, Amini began her own legal practice--the Amini Law Firm--in Bellevue. She has been in private practice ever since. Prior to private practice, Amini had worked for four years on behalf of economically disadvantaged clients in Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Renton and Seattle. Susan has also served as a trustee of Overlake Hospital, a City of Bellevue Human Services Commissioner, and as a pro tem judge in various courts throughout King County.

In her quest to become a Superior Court judge, Amini has been given a rating of "Well Qualified" for the position by the King County Bar Association. The rating was approved by the Bar Associations' Judicial Screening Committee. She has also been rated "Exceptionally Well-Qualified" by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington. This rating was recommended by the LBAW Judicial Evaluations Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Garnering key endorsements from judicial and community leaders, Amini has a real opportunity to win the November judicial election. If successful, she will become the first American of Iranian descent to be elected to the Superior Court in the state of Washington.