Judge Dalton graduated from the University of Washington with a
Bachelor's in Business Administration Degree. She later earned
her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law [formerly University
of Puget Sound School of Law] and was admitted to the Washington
State Bar in 1984.
Judge Dalton practiced law for 24 years prior to being elected to
the Superior Court bench in 2008. She was a Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney for Norm Maleng at the King County prosecutor's office
until her move to Kitsap County in 1991. She then worked in
private practice, opening her own successful law office in 1995.
She also served as a Judge pro tem in Seattle Municipal court,
Suquamish tribal court and district courts in Jefferson, Kitsap and
Judge Dalton was very actively involved in community work before her
election. Among her long history of volunteer activities she
served as a board member for the Kitsap Humane Society, volunteered
with Hospice of Clallam County and was a member of the Kitsap
Homebuilders Association. She also taught as an Adjunct
Professor at Chapman University in Employment Law.
Judge Dalton was also very involved in the legal community before
taking the bench. During her career, she taught continuing
legal education courses and in-house continuing education courses to
Deputy Prosecutors and attorneys. She has served on the
Washington State Bar Association's Rules Committee and also served
for many years as an Executive Board member of the Washington
Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys where she was awarded the
President's Award for Distinguished Service to the Organization.
Since taking the bench, Judge Dalton has been successively appointed
to several terms on the Judicial Information System Commission and
serves on the legislatively mandated steering committee which
supervises the deployment of a state wide case management system
replacing SCOMIS. In
addition, Judge Dalton is a member of the BECCA task force and
worked with local schools to improve the juvenile court’s response
to truancy petitions.
She continues to be a member of the Superior Court Judge’s Criminal
Law committee and technology committee and is committed to improving
access to the courts through innovative uses of technology.
Judge Dalton was born in Oxford, England and raised in a Military
family. She is an avid scuba diver.