Judge Olsen graduated from Utah State University with a
Bachelor of Science Degree. She earned her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law at
the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California and was admitted to the
Washington State Bar in 1986.
Judge Olsen practiced law for 18 years
prior to her appointment to the Superior Court Bench in 2004 and successfully
ran for re-election in the fall of 2005, 2008 and 2012.
Judge Olsen worked both in the public and private sectors in
criminal and civil law before taking the bench. She was a Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for seven years.
She also served as a judge pro-tem in District, Municipal and Tribal Courts in
Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.
Judge Olsen has worked extensively in the community. She is a
past president of the Kitsap Humane Society, a founding member and former chair
of the Kitsap County Domestic Violence Task Force, former chair of the Kitsap
County Council for Human Rights, and former intern mediator with the Kitsap
County Dispute Resolution Service. She is a search and rescue volunteer with
the Kitsap County K-9 ABCSAR unit. In recognition of her volunteer services,
she received an award for her work in Domestic Violence by the Kitsap County
YWCA in 1996, and more recently, the Kitsap County Bar Association’s
Humanitarian Award in 2006.
Judge Olsen is a member of the National Council for Juvenile
and Family Court Judges, the Washington Superior Court Judges' Association and
Juvenile Law Committee, and the Children’s Justice Interdisciplinary Task Force
whose mission is to improve and promote the safety and protection of children.
Judge Olsen also presides over the Juvenile Drug and Juvenile Mental Health
Courts and was recently appointed to the Certified Professional Guardian Board.