Advanced Mediation Practice, Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (2005)
M.S. Taxation Golden Gate University, Seattle Campus, with honors (1984)
J.D. Willamette University School of Law (1969)
BA University of Washington (1965)
Bar Admissions: Washington State, Federal District Court for Western Washington, U. S. Supreme Court.
Washington State Supreme Court Justice 1999-2005
Justice of Washington's court of last resort, hearing criminal and civil matters including appeals as a matter of right and matters of discretionary review. Served as Chair of the Supreme Court's Judicial Education Committee; Pres. of the Washington Chapter of the American Judicature Society (2002-2004); Executive Committee of the Council on Public Legal Education. Recipient: William O. Douglas award, Washington State Trial Lawyers; Passing the Torch Award, Washington Women Lawyers; Women of Distinction, Puget Sound Business Journal.
King County Superior Court Judge 1983-1999
Appointed by Governor John Spellman in Aug. 1983 and elected in Sept.1983. General Jurisdiction judge hearing criminal and civil matters of unlimited jurisdiction. President, Washington Superior Court Judges Assn; Vice-Chair of the Board for Judicial Administration. Recipient: Judge of the Year Award, WSTLA; President's Award, WWL; Distinguished Service Award, Judicial Education Leadership Institute.
Litigation Practice -- Faith Enyeart and Associates 1974-1984
McCune, Godfrey & Emerick 1970-1973
Experience representing insurance carriers, individuals and corporations in tort litigation. Other litigation practice focused on business, tax, family law, and real estate. Board member Washington Women Lawyers, WSTLA. Member King County Bar Association.
Ms. Ireland has served as Chair of the Board of TVW (State-wide public access television) Board Member of The Law Fund (indigent civil legal services), Vice-Chair Sheriff's Blue Ribbon Panel (seeking performance improvements in King County law enforcement) a Past-President and current Advisory Board Member of the Austin Foundation, (enriching the lives of at-risk youth through physical fitness) and Seattle No. 4 Rotary, Board of Directors. Prior service and recognition: Named "Chinese Man of the Year'" for efforts to help establish the Wing Luke Asian Museum (Past President). 2010: Carl Maxey Award, WSAJ (for leadership in diversity).