Judge Carol Murphy began her term on the Thurston County Superior Court in January, 2009.  She currently serves as Presiding Judge for Thurston County Superior Court.  She is also currently the presiding judge for Thurston County DUI/Drug Court, and assigned as a trial judge, conducting both civil and felony criminal trials.  Prior to her election to the bench, she worked for the Attorney General's Office in Olympia for over 17 years, serving as an Assistant Attorney General, Senior Counsel, and Deputy Solicitor General.  Her law practice involved representing state agencies and employees in litigation in state and federal courts, including many jury trials and appeals.  She handled cases at all levels of state and federal courts, including multiple oral arguments in the Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Judge Murphy lives in Olympia with her husband and children, and is involved in many community boards and organizations.