Commissioner Laurie graduated from Highline Community College with an Associates in Arts degree and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Washington, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelorís of Science in Psychology. She later returned to the University of Washington to earn a Juris Doctorate.
After her graduation she settled in Kitsap County and practiced law in Bremerton from 1982 until 2001 when she was elected to the Kitsap County Superior Court Bench.
During her time on the bench, Laurie worked to promote settlement conference procedures for civil and family law cases; she belongs to the American Bar Association section of Dispute Resolution. She is also active with juvenile justice matters, establishing the Individualized Treatment Court for juvenile offenders with mental health disorders, working with schools to emphasize truancy prevention, and serving as Juvenile Drug Court Judge for several years.
Commissioner Laurie has also served the Kitsap Community in many areas including Hospice of Kitsap County, Harrison Hospital Foundation, Kitsap Family YMCA Foundation, Kitsap Regional Library Board and the United Way. She was a long time lecturer at the Peoples Law School and served as mentor for students at Bremerton High School. Most recently she was active in the effort to establish a 1/10 of 1% increase in county salesí tax to fund mental health treatment, drug and alcohol programs, and treatment courts.
She and her husband, David Farr, live in Bremerton.