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Terrence Carroll

Distinguished Jurist Affiliate

 Sullivan Hall 411


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  • B.A., Seattle University, 1966
  • J.D., Georgetown University of Law Center, 1969
  • Graduate, National Judicial College, 1981


Judge Carroll is a retired King County Superior Court Judge who has served as a Distinguished Jurist in Residence since 2009. While at Seattle University Law School, he has taught courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Police, Law and the Community.

During his tenure on the bench he presided over several hundred jury and non jury cases, including complex civil litigation and major criminal cases. Also, he served as Chief Criminal Judge and Presiding Judge at Juvenile Court. Additionally, he conducted several hundred settlement conferences and co-founded and chaired the Special Committee on Asbestos Litigation. This committee developed a nationally respected process for handling the asbestos litigation. While serving on the bench, Judge Carroll was among the highest rated members of the 50 person court by annual bar polls.

Since leaving the bench Judge Carroll has heard more than 2500 mediations and 500 arbitrations. He most frequently hears cases in the areas of commercial transactions, eminent domain, probate, trust, business disputes and professional liability. He has lectured numerous times at CLE conferences on various phases of ADR. He is a Fellow of both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

In the community, Judge Carroll served as the first Internal Affairs auditor for the Seattle Police Department, from 1992-2003, and has been a member or chaired various civic groups that review issues of police accountability and served as a consultant to several police agencies in the Pacific Northwest regarding police discipline. He is an Emeritus member of the Seattle University Board of Regents, served 17 years as a member and chair of the Board of the Public Facilities District that built and oversees the operation of Safeco Field, and has served as a member of the Board for the Dispute Resolution Center for King County. Over the years, he has been involved in various rule of law projects, primarily involving former soviet union republics and most recently as an advisor to the police ministry of Sierra Leone.

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