Nigerian-born Edirin Okoloko Appointed Judge in Washington

Nigerians continue to make giant strides across the world as Washington Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Edirin Okoloko to Snohomish County Superior Court where he will replace the retiring Judge George Bowden.

Okoloko has worked for the past 13 years in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where he is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney working on homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse cases.

“Edirin has a clear dedication to the legal profession and a successful history of bringing justice to some of our state’s most vulnerable crime victims,” Inslee said, adding, “He will be an excellent addition to the bench in Snohomish County.”

Also on his CV are works for the office’s violent crime, property crime, and District Court units, and he’s represented the office on the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team which investigates incidents of suspected excessive force by police officers.

Okoloko has successfully prosecuted four murder trials and has been recognised by his office for completing a high volume of jury trials.

Before working as a prosecutor, he served as a judicial law clerk for former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes.

Born in Nigeria, Okoloko received his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Benin in Nigeria.

He is to resume his new job in October.

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