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Michael Spearman


Washington Court of Appeals

Division I, District One

Michael Spearman

Legal/Judicial Experience: Judge, Court of Appeals, Division I (2010-present) Mediator/Arbitrator (2007-2010);Superior Court Judge (1993-2007); Attorney in Private Practice (1986-88); Public Defender (1983-86;1989-93)

Other Professional Experience: Machinist & Union Steward, member of IAM (1974-78); Board member: King County Bar Association (2008-10); The Defender Association (2008-09); Washington Foundation for the Courts (2008-10)

Education: B.A. Brown University (1974), J.D. New York University (1981).

Community Service: Board member: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children); Seadrunnar (residential drug treatment program)

Statement: Judge Michael Spearman was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Court of Appeals in March 2010, following a distinguished 14 year career as a King County Superior Court judge. He is well respected for his calm demeanor, intelligence and impartiality. After retiring from the Superior Court bench in 2007, Judge Spearman served as a private mediator and arbitrator helping individuals resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom.

Judge Spearman has been rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" for this position by The Joint Asian Evaluation Committee; The Loren Miller Bar Association (African American lawyers); Q Law, The GLBT Bar Association; The Latina/o Bar Association; Washington Women Lawyers.

Judge Spearman has been endorsed by over 140 judges from across the state as well as Legislators (Adam Kline, Debbie Eddy, Ruth Kagi, Phyllis Kenney); Council Members (Larry Gossett, Larry Phillips, Bob Ferguson, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Jan Drago), Community Leaders (Bobbe & Jon Bridge, Anne Levinson, Norm Rice, Ruth Woo) and organizations (34th District Democrats, Washington State Labor Council).

Please vote to retain Judge Michael Spearman on the Court of Appeals. Thank you for your support.

Official web site:  
Candidate ratings:

Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
GLBT Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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Finance report:

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Michael Spearman 6/01/2010 $15,495.00
(Loans $11,600.00)

Media stories:
    March 26, 2010
Seattle Times   Former King Co. Superior Court Judge Michael Spearman named to appeals court
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