Michelle (Shelley) Szambelan
Political experience: Appointed Municipal Court judge in 2008 and ran unopposed for the Municipal Court position in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Served as assistant presiding judge from 2009 to 2014. In 2014 was promoted to presiding judge of the court. In February 2018, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to Spokane County Superior Court.
Work experience: Worked as an associate attorney for Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Gaffney-Brown in Spokane, where she gained civil trial experience, then switched to the city prosecutor’s office, where she worked for nine years doing mostly appellate work.
Education: Earned a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1988. In 1991, earned her law degree from Gonzaga.
Family: Married. Has three children.
Recently appointed Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan faces challenge from attorney Dennis Cronin
Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking the city with jutting spires and an impressive, protruding tower, the attorney likens it all to a medieval stronghold – the judges the elite royalty, the attorneys perhaps like barons and baronesses, and everyone else: commoners, servants, and at the bottom, detainees.