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Judge Faye Chess
Public Servant Leadership for 34 years

Judge Faye R. Chess was appointed to the Seattle Municipal Court bench in April 2018 after serving as Magistrate.  Judge Chess served as a Judge Pro Tempore in King County District Court for over twenty-two years. She was previously the Director of Labor Relations for Group Health Cooperative and Sr. HR Consultant for Providence Health and Services and Swedish Medical Center. For many years, she worked in the public education sector, first as Deputy General Counsel and Interim Executive Director of Human Resources for Seattle Public Schools specializing in employment and labor, special education, and student disability plans and later as the Executive Director of Human Resources and General Counsel for Tukwila School District. After receiving her B.A. from Purdue University and her law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law, she worked as a staff attorney for The Public Defender Association in Seattle, WA. She also served as Deputy General Counsel and Interim General Counsel for Seattle Housing Authority. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, Federal Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and Loren Miller Bar Association.  

Commitment to Scholarship & Community

  • Member - Washington State Minority and Justice Commission; Governor appointed member of the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee; National Association of Women Judges’ Co-chair of Mothers in Court committee.

  • Graduate - National Institute for Trial Advocacy

  • Teacher - Lake Washington Human Resources Association; Seattle Disability Management Employer Coalition; Foster Pepper PLLC College Success Foundation; YWCA Girls First Program; The Greater Seattle Chapter of the Link's STEAM program; Students of Color Career Conference; Washington Counsel of School Attorneys. 


Judge Chess is a greater Seattle resident for 29 years living in Seattle. She is the mother of two adult children, both college graduates. Judge Chess is an active member of the Greater Seattle Chapter of Links, Inc., the Seattle Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Faye's son, Akil, and daughter, Kamilah

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With Justices Mary Yu and Steve Gonzales and AOC staff members at the 2018 Judicial College.

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Retired Judge Charles V. Johnson and Interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best

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