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Sheryl Gordon McCloud


Washington Supreme Court

Position 9

Sheryl Gordon McCloudLegal/Judicial Experience: Extensive trial and appellate experience; hundreds of arguments to the Washington State Supreme Court and other appeals courts. Teaches Supreme Court advocacy to law students and practicing lawyers.

Other Professional Experience: Service on Supreme Court committees and statewide and national organizations promoting meaningful access to the judicial system. Obtained significant court rulings establishing our right to courtrooms open to the public and press, pregnancy disability leave, and fair mortgage practices.

Education: J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, Editor, Southern California Law Review; B.A., State University of New York, cum laude

Community Service:
Gynecological Cancer Foundation and youth art and sports activities while raising two sons

Statement: Supreme Court Justices must be people who appreciate the effect of their decisions on ordinary people. As a former union member who is married to an educator and is the mother of two, Sheryl McCloud understands the concerns of women and working families and will bring that connection to the Supreme Court bench.

For 28 years, Sheryl has been defending our Constitutional rights in the Washington Supreme Court and other appellate courts and is the best qualified candidate for this position. Lawyers nationwide seek her expertise and advice.

Sheryl McCloud has a proven record of commitment to communities of color and a long history of providing free legal assistance to those who lack the ability to pay - those who would be without meaningful access to justice without her help. In one of her first volunteer cases, she helped successfully defend a woman’s right to pregnancy disability leave in the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s not a career politician, but an experienced appellate lawyer who will bring to the court an unparalleled depth of experience.

Endorsements: King County Democratic Central Committee; James Bible; Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson (of First AME Church); Larry Gossett; Estela Ortega; NARAL Pro-Choice Washington; others at

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Opponent: Richard Sanders
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Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian

Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified *
Justice for Washington
Qualified Qualified
King County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Well Qualified
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association

of Washington
Well Qualified *
Seattle Metropolitan
Elections Committee
* Hostile
Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Not Qualified Not Qualified
Washington Defense
Trial Lawyers
Well Qualified Declined
Women Lawyers
Qualified *

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Tacoma News Tribune  
Tri-City Herald  
Yakima Herald  
Yakima Valley
Business Times

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin  


Finance report:

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Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Richard Sanders

Media stories:
    October 25, 2012   State Supreme Court race pits veteran against newcomer
    October 12, 2012
The Olympian   Sanders, McCloud face off for Supreme Court
    October 5
Seattle Times   Supreme Court candidates with similar passions stress their differences
    October 2, 2012
Yakima Herald   State Supreme Court candidates make a case for experience vs. leadership
    September 26, 2012   Outspoken ex-justice making another run for Washington's Supreme Court
    August 28, 2012
The Stranger   He's Back!
    August 14, 2012
Seattle Times   Sanders, McCloud advance in Supreme Court race
Peninsula Daily News   Sanders, McCloud look to be finalists in state Supreme Court election
    August 9, 2012
Seattle P-I   Ex-Justice Sanders is comeback kid - for now
    August 8, 2012
Seattle Times   Apparent win for Gonzalez; Sanders in tight race
    July 31, 2012
JTNews   Jews on the ballot: Sheryl Gordon McCloud
    July 29, 2012
The Olympian   4 candidates want to replace justice on state supreme court
Ellensburg Daily Record   Trio of Supreme Court Position 9 hopefuls respond to questionnaire
    July 26, 2012   Open Supreme Court Seat Makes For Vigorous Race
    July 23, 2012
Seattle Times   Richard Sanders faces 3 rivals in Supreme Court comeback bid
    July 22, 2012
Seattle P-I   Challengers no-shows at Supreme Court forum
    July 1, 2012
Yakima Herald   Former justice hoping to fill vacant Supreme Court seat, P.O. Box 1460, Silverdale, WA  98383
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