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Law Women's Caucus Honors Dimmick, Ainsworth

Sara Ainsworth '96
Judge Carolyn Dimmick '53

The Law Women's Caucus, a student organization at the UW School of Law, will honor the accomplishments and achievements of Judge Carolyn Dimmick '53 and Sara Ainsworth '96 at a reception Monday, April 6 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 133.

Judge Dimmick, who will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award, received a B.A. from UW in 1951 and her J.D. in 1953. Her undergraduate counselor advised her not to enroll in law school, and of the seven women in her law school class, only three went on to graduate. Judge Dimmick began her career as an assistant state attorney general right after law school, went on to be a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County, and later joined the judiciary, first in the Northeast District Court, King County and then in King County Superior Court. When Supreme Court Justice Charles Wright died in 1980, Judge Dimmick was appointed to fill his term by Governor Dixie Lee Ray. She was the first woman on the Washington State Supreme Court in the same year that Sandra Day O’Connor became the first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Dimmick was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 to a new seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She served as chief judge, 1994-97, and assumed senior status in 1997. (See the Spring 2007 issue of UW Law for a feature profile of Judge Dimmick.)

Sara Ainsworth will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Women in the Law Award. She joined Legal Voice in 2002 (formerly the Northwest Women's Law Center), where she is now senior legal & legislative counsel. Her career has been spent working for social justice, from founding the UW's Public Interest Law Association to practicing poverty law for the Northwest Justice Project and Snohomish County Legal Services. As Public Service Counsel at Foster Pepper, Ainsworth managed the firm's pro bono program and carried an entirely pro bono caseload for low-income clients.

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