Judge Dalton graduated from the
University of Washington with a Bachelor's in Business
Administration Degree. She later earned her J.D. from the
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. 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 has also served as a Judge pro tem in Seattle
Municipal court, Suquamish tribal court and district courts in
Jefferson, Kitsap and King Counties.
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 most recently has 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.
Judge Dalton was born in
Oxford, England and raised in a Military family. She is an
avid scuba diver.