Judge Leila Mills

Department No. 2


Judge Mills 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 potential.

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 been a 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. 


Judge Mills' Law Clerk:

Marcus Hauer 360-337-4465