Jacqueline L. Jeske

About Jacqueline L. Jeske



Former King County Superior Court Commissioner
Former Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Former Public Defender


Jacqueline Jeske served the public of King County as a King County Superior Court Commissioner for close to a decade and began working as a pro tempore family law commissioner for the Court in 1997 until she was appointed as a full time Commissioner in 2008. She was privileged to serve the families and youth of King County in both family and juvenile court rotations. Prior to that time, she was employed as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Family Support Unit and also served in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for a combined total of sixteen years. She began her legal career as a public defender in East King County and worked as an interpreter for the Public Defender’s Office in San Jose, California until she obtained her license to practice law. She was in private family and criminal law practice for six years. She has engaged in appellate work throughout her career and has argued successfully before the Washington State Supreme Court. Her past memberships include the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association (Family Law Section), Snohomish County Bar Association, East King County Bar Association, Latino Bar Association, Northwest Women’s Law Center (now LegalVoice), and the Eastside Legal Assistance Program. She has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to improving access to justice and volunteered for a variety of nonprofit organizations.


J.D., University of Washington Law School, Seattle, WA 1983-1986
Dual B.A. Degrees, International Studies and the Spanish Language, U.C. Davis, Davis, CA 1979-1983
Strauss Institute For Dispute Resolution – Family Law Mediation Training, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 2017


Proficient in Spoken and Written Spanish
Proficient in Spoken and Written French


King County Superior Court, 1997-2016


Public Defender, 1985-1988
Prosecuting Attorney, 1988-1991, 1995-2008 (Senior)
Private Practice, 1985-1988, 1991-1995


2016 King County Interpreter Committee – Implemented and sourced language kiosks to be placed in the courthouse lobbies for non-English speaking members of the public to access court and legal services.
2015 King County Superior Court Strategic Agenda Committee on Trauma
2013 to 2016 Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCYJ) – ARY/CHINS Committee
2012 to 2016 Washington State Becca Taskforce
2012 to 2016 Superior Court Judge’s Association – Family and Juvenile Law Legislative Committee.
2012 Washington Supreme Court Commission – Co-Author/Member – “Washington State Best Practice Report for Children in Foster Care.”
2010 Washington Supreme Court Commission – Co-Author/Member – “Meaningful Representation Report for Children and Youth in Washington’s Foster Care System.”
2009 to 2016 King County Superior Court Interpreter Committee
2008 to 2012 King County Superior Court Unified Family Court Committee
2008 to 2016 King County Superior Court DV and Child Maltreatment Committee
2008 to 2015 Superior Court Judge’s Association – Family and Juvenile Law Committee


2019 Basic Skills Seminar – Author/Co-Presenter with Commissioners Peterson and Stam – “Motions Do’s & Don’ts.”
2018 WA AFCC 7th Conference – (Co-Presenter Panel with Judge Ann Hirsch and Judge Helen Halpert) – “Fractured Families, Fresh Solutions – View from the Bench.”
2016 University of Washington – Seattle Youth and Law Forum – Author/Presenter – “Youth Homelessness and the Truancy Connection.”
2015 University of Washington – Youth Law Symposium – Co-Presenter – “Emerging Issues in Juvenile Law.”
2015 King County – Co-Author – “Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Coordinated Response Guidelines.”
2014 CCYJ – Author/Presenter – “Becca Bill Revisited.”
2014 CCYJ – Co-Author/Co-Editor – “Washington State Truancy Bench Book.”
2014 Seattle University School of Law – Author/Presenter – “Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community.”
2013 Shoreline Community College – Author/Presenter – “Juvenile Law Trends.”
2013 KCBA – Presenter – “Family Law Hot Topics.”
2012 to 2014 King County CASA – Author/Presenter – “Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Casa Guardian Ad Litem.”
2012 WSBA – Author/Presenter – “Tips from the Bench.”
2011 AOC – Author/Presenter – “Washington State’s Service Member’s Civil Relief Act & Parenting Plans.”
2011 NBI – Author/Co-Presenter – “What Family Court Judicial Officers Want You To Know.”
2011 Seattle University Law School 4th Annual DV Symposium – Co-Author/Presenter with Judge Joan DuBuque – “Focus on Children: Perspectives in the Family Law and Juvenile Court Systems.”


2019 - Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) – Family Law Executive Committee
2006 to 2008 Volunteer Attorney – Northwest Justice Project Cross Cultural Family Law Clinic
2005 to 2008 Member – Northwest Women’s Law Center Legislative Committee
2005 to 2008 Volunteer Attorney – Angeline’s YMCA Women’s Shelter
2005 to 2006 Member – KCBA Family Law Legislative Committee
2005 to 2006 Member – KCBA Child Support Guidelines Review Committee
1998 President – Eastside Legal Assistance Program
1996 to 1997 Co-Chair – Family Law Liaison Committee of KCBA Family Law Section
1995 to 1997 Volunteer Attorney – New Beginnings Legal Clinic
1994 to 1995 Volunteer Attorney – Northwest Women’s Law Center
1993 to 1996 Crisis Clinic Instructor – Eastside Domestic Violence Program
1990 to 1995 Volunteer Attorney – Eastside Legal Assistance Program
1990 to 1992 Volunteer – Catholic Community Services


2019 WSBA Family Law Mid-Year – Author/Co-Presenter – “Mediation-Arbitration.”
2019 WSBA Family Law Mid-Year – Author/Co-Presenter – “Trauma Informed Advocacy for the Family Law Practitioner.”
2018 WSBA Annual Fall Family Law CLE – Author/Presenter – “Possible Relocation Act Changes.”
2005 AOC – Co-Author – Chapter on UIFSA – “Washington Judges Family Law Bench Book.”
2002 El Centro de la Raza CLE – Author/Presenter – “Third Party Custodians and Current Legal Trends.”
2001 WAPA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Establishment of Paternity in Dependency Cases.”
1999 WAPA CLE – Author/Presenter – “The Non-Parent Guardian or Third-Party Custodian in Paternity Cases.”
1999 WSBA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Collecting Child Support and Enforcing Interstate Order.”
1997 WAPA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Child Support Deviations – An Overview and Update.”
1996 KCBA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Working with the State in Your AFDC Case.”
1996 KCBA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Criminal and Civil Ramifications of Child Abuse.”
1996 KCBA Family Law Institute – Author/Presenter/Co-Chair – “Parenting Plan Issues.”
1995 KCBA Family Law Institute – Author/Presenter: “How to Handle Allegations of Abuse in Cases Involving Children.”
1995 WSTA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Domestic Violence: An Overview.”
1995 WSPA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Child Support – To Deviate or Not to Deviate.”
1994 KCBA Family Law Institute – Midyear CLE Author/Presenter/Co-Chair – “Domestic Violence: A Practical Approach for the Practitioner: Protect Your Client – Protect Yourself.”
1994 WSBA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Maintenance Issues.”
1993 Washington Family Support Council CLE – Author/Presenter – “Child Support Deviations.”
1993 WSPA CLE – Author/Presenter – “Domestic Law: The Family Law Team and Current Trends.”
1993 WSTLA CLE – Author/Presenter – “The Attorney-Paralegal Team: The Key to a Successful Practice.”
1993 KCBA CLE – Author/Presenter – “The Chaos of Divorce – Domestic Violence: An Overview.”


2011 Co-Recipient of the Betty Fletcher Judge of the Year Award – Washington Women Lawyers King County Chapter
2004 King County Bar Association Pro Bono Award (firm)
1994 Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award – Eastside Legal Assistance Program