Judge Linda W. Y. Coburn was appointed to serve the City of Edmonds as its Municipal Court judge in January 2015. This year, she stands for election to retain her seat for a four-year term.

The City of Edmonds and Snohomish County have benefited from Judge Coburn’s legal and personal commitment to public service for more than two decades.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Judge Coburn immigrated to the U.S. when she was just 4-years old. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in journalism at Ohio University. She later graduated with honors from the Seattle University Law School.

After spending 13 years as a journalist and editor at the Seattle Times, Judge Coburn had a distinguished legal career — both as a seasoned Public Defender handling felony litigation in the courts of Snohomish County and as a law clerk to Judges Stephen Dwyer of the State Court of Appeals and George Bowden of the Snohomish County Superior Court.

A 25-year resident of Edmonds, Judge Coburn has consistently given back to her community by serving as a regular Little League umpire and volleyball official and a volunteer for the YMCA Mock Trial program.

Since assuming her judicial role, Judge Coburn has been committed to improving access to justice and the quality of the judiciary, serving on the Boards of the State Minority and Justice Commission and the District and Municipal Court Judges Association. In just two short years, she has become a frequent speaker and contributor to judicial programs and education.

Judge Coburn and her husband, Doug, raised their two sons, Kai and Li, in Edmonds.


Despite all her judicial obligations, Judge Coburn continues to find time to pursue her passion for competitive volleyball on a national and international level and performs the occasional wedding for folks in the Edmonds community.