“I’ve served as a prosecutor. I’ve served as an appellate attorney for indigent defendants. Now I want to put my experience to work as your next Skagit County Superior Court Judge.” – Rosemary Kaholokula

Rosemary Kaholokula is ready to be your next Skagit County Superior Court Judge. Her reputation is one of a smart, hardworking prosecutor who demonstrates both professionalism and an innate sense of fairness. She is trusted by colleagues throughout the legal system.

Rosemary has worked some tough high-profile cases over the years. She handles every case with fairness, compassion, and a deep respect for justice. She will be an outstanding Skagit County Superior Court Judge.

Rosemary provided appellate services on behalf of indigent defendants before working as a prosecutor in Whatcom County for nine years. Rosemary was recruited for and accepted the position of Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor in Skagit County in 2007. Rosemary continues to serve in this capacity.

Rosemary lives in Anacortes with her husband of 32 years, Keith. Keith has served with the U.S. Air Force and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Rosemary and Keith have two adult daughters and a son-in-law. Rosemary and Keith moved to Washington in 1995 and initially settled in Alger in 1996. Rosemary has been active with multiple community organizations and on many boards. She is currently active with the Fidalgo Island Rotary, Rotary International District 5050, AAUW – Anacortes Chapter, and the SPARC board.

 

 

Professional Qualifications

 

CHIEF CRIMINAL DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Skagit County, 2007 – present

Rosemary has prosecuted some of the most serious offenses that have been committed in Skagit County. She also supervises and trains other prosecutors, advises law enforcement, creates and implements policy, and has been responsible for helping to establish the Skagit County Child Advocacy Center. Rosemary is currently the litigation coordinator for the lawsuit the County has filed against opioid manufacturers for their contribution to the opioid crisis.

 

DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Whatcom County, 1998 – 2007

Rosemary handled the prosecution of cross-border drug smuggling cases as well as nondrug felonies. She worked closely with federal and local law enforcement.

 

CRIMINAL APPEALS
Division I, Washington, 1995 – 1998

Rosemary handled many appeals on behalf of indigent defendants and appeared before the Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court.

 

ATTORNEY
Skagit County, 1995 – 1998

Rosemary was self-employed and gained experience with family law.

 

ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
Pago Pago, American Samoa, 1993 – 1995

 

DEPUTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Wailuku, Hawaii, 1990 – 1993

 

Professional Associations and Activities

Present & Past (Washington)

 

Skagit County Volunteer Lawyers
Pro Bono Assistance for qualifying low income clients.

Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
Facilitator in Child Abuse Interviewing & Assessment trainings

WSBA Washington Women Lawyers

WSBA Call to Duty Day of Service
Volunteer legal service to military veterans

WSBA Criminal Law Section Executive Committee

Native American Pro Bono Panel
Pro Bono Assistance for Native Americans, particularly dealing with issues related to Indian law.

 

Current Community Involvement

 

AAUW (American Association of University Women)
Member, Secretary

Fidalgo Island Rotary
Vice President

Rotary International
District Youth Protection Officer

SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center)
Board Member

 

Past Community Involvement

 

Leadership Skagit

Human Trafficking In Skagit County Conference
Panelist

Take Back the Night
Panelist

YMCA Youth and Government
Mock trial evaluator

The Amadeus Project
Board Member

Church
Sunday School teacher
Various committees

Dance Gallery
Dancer, Teacher, Board Member

Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy – North
Board Member of booster club.

Sardis Raptor Center
Volunteer

Whatcom Day Academy
Member – Policies and Planning Committee

 

Recent Awards/ Recognition

 

Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary International)
For work as District Youth Protection Officer

Brigid Collins Community Achievement Award
For work with the Children’s Advocacy Center

SCCFC Linda Nelson Community Champion Award
Shared award for work with the Children’s Advocacy Center

 

Speaking Engagements/ Presentations

 

Mt. Vernon Police Department Citizen’s Academy

Anacortes Police Department Citizen’s Academy

Washington Homicide Investigators Association

Children’s Justice Conference

Skagit Service Clubs (Sentencing Reform Act presentation)

Skagit Service Clubs (Opioid Crisis)