Legal/Judicial Experience: Supreme Court Justice since 2012; nearly 30 years as an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer; former adjunct professor, Seattle University School of Law
Other Professional Experience: Chair, Gender & Justice Commission; member, State Bar Association’s Council on Public Defense; Washington Women Lawyers President’s Award recipient. Prior to service on the Court, recipient of William O. Douglas Award presented by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for “extraordinary courage and dedication” to justice
Education: J.D., University of Southern California Law Center; B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, cum laude
Community Service: Frequent speaker at school, community, and court-related events
Statement: Justice McCloud was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012 after a long career fighting for constitutional and individual rights, often for people who could not afford a lawyer.
Now, she is an experienced Supreme Court Justice. Her fairness, hard work, clear writing, and intellect have earned her awards, endorsements, and “exceptionally well qualified” ratings from groups with varying points of view across the state. She is endorsed by Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and community leaders – all who believe in the importance of an independent judiciary.
Justice McCloud remains dedicated to equal rights and access to justice for all. She believes this is a time when all of us, regardless of our political views, must stand together in defending our right to a fair and independent judiciary – a right vital to our democracy.
Endorsements: Attorney General Bob Ferguson; former Attorney General Rob McKenna; former U.S. Attorneys Mike McKay and John McKay; 12 current & former Supreme Court justices and over 150 judges statewide; National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington; Washington State Labor Council; State Patrol Troopers Association; State Council of Firefighters; King County Democrats; See more: www.justicesherylmccloud.com; Rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by 10 independent Bar Association