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Carolyn Reaber Dimmick

Carolyn Reaber Dimmick, American federal judge. Bar: Washington 1953. Named one of Washington Women of Year, Seattle University Women's Law Caucus, 2004; recipient Vanguard Honor award, King County Women Lawyers, 1996, Distinguished Alumni award, University Washington School Law, 1997, Outstanding Jurist award, King County Bar Association, 2003.


  • Dimmick, Carolyn Reaber was born on October 24, 1929 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Daughter of Maurice C. and Margaret T. (Taylor) Reaber.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Washington, 1951. Juris Doctor, University Washington School Law, 1953.


    • Assistant attorney general State of Washington, Seattle, 1953-1955. Deputy prosecuting attorney King County, 1955-1959, 60-62. Private practice attorney Seattle, 1959-1960, 62-65.

      Judge Northeast District Court, King County, 1965-1975, King County Superior Court, 1976-1980. Justice Washington Supreme Court, 1981-1985. Judge United States District Court (western district) Washington, Seattle, 1985—1997, chief judge, 1994-1997, senior judge, since 1997.

      Member Judicial Resources Committee, 1987—1994, chairman, 1991—1994. Member Judicial Conference Committee Review Circuit Council Conduct & Disability Orders, 2007—2009, 9th Circuit Space and Security Committee, since 2009.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Washington 1953.


    Member of American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Washington Bar Association, World Association Judges, National Association Women Judges, American Judges Association.


    • Married Cyrus Allen Dimmick, September 10, 1955 (deceased 2006). Children: Taylor, Dana.
    • father: Maurice C. Reaber
    • mother: Margaret T. (Taylor) Reaber
    • spouse: Cyrus Allen Dimmick
    • children: Taylor Dimmick
    • Dana Dimmick
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    Born October 24, 1929