graduated cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts
degree. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Puget Sound
School of Law and was admitted to the Washington State Bar
Association in 1987.
Judge Mills was
first elected to the bench in 2000. Prior to her election, she
was a lawyer in municipal government where her positions
included that of Deputy Prosecutor and City Attorney. Through
her background, Judge Mills gained extensive experience in the areas
of criminal law, municipal law and civil litigation.
Judge Mills has served her community in many areas. For
several years she was a board member for Hospice of Kitsap County,
and also hosted a volunteer weekly radio program broadcast statewide
by the Evergreen Radio Reading Service for the Blind. She also has a keen interest in the success of young
people in the community and she has taught law to high school
students and mentored students in the annual YMCA Mock Trial
Program. Judge Mills has also taught cadets from around the
State through the Washington Youth Academy whose mission is to
empower at-risk youth to improve their educational and employment
Judge Mills is actively involved in the education of her peers, and
serves as teaching faculty for the Washington Judicial College where
she instructs other members of the judiciary. She has also
member of The Washington State Council on Public Legal Education.
Judge Mills is the recipient of the Nevins Award presented by
the Washington Judges' Foundation. She was selected from
Judges statewide for her outstanding contribution to youth education
and public understanding of the law. The Kitsap
County Bar Association also honored Judge Mills with presentation of the
Humanitarian Award and she has been recognized as "A Woman of
Achievement" by the YWCA.