General Election: November 4, 2014

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Debra Stephens


Washington Supreme Court

Position 7


Debra Stephens

Legal/Judicial Experience: Supreme Court Justice since January 2008. Statewide trial and appellate practice, including 120+ appearances before the Washington Supreme Court. Author and speaker at 100+ legal seminars. Judge of Division Three Court of Appeals before joining the Supreme Court.

Other Professional Experience: Minority and Justice Commission Member. National Courts Science Institute Advisory Board Chair. Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga Law School since 1995 (taught Constitutional Law, Community Property and Appellate Advocacy). Former community college instructor.

Education: B.A. and J.D., Gonzaga University; West Valley High, Spokane.

Community Service: Former school board director. Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital fundraising volunteer. Rotary Board member.

Statement: Since becoming a Justice in 2008, I have dedicated myself to serving the people of this state and upholding the rule of law. As the only current Justice from Eastern Washington, I bring an important perspective to the Court. As a longtime constitutional law professor, I respect legal traditions. And as a mom, former school board member, and community volunteer, I understand how court decisions impact Washington families.

Our courts are a critical branch of government, where every person – regardless of circumstance – is treated fairly, with dignity, and free from bias and politics. I work every day to maintain the independence of our judiciary, and trust the people of Washington to elect judges who support our values and respect the law.

I am proud to have support of people across the state: prominent leaders in government, education, and business; law enforcement, firefighters, labor unions, judges, and lawyers. Rated “exceptionally well qualified,” by statewide organizations, I strive to write clear opinions that uphold our values and build trust in the integrity of our justice system. I ask for the opportunity to serve you for another 6 years, and appreciate your vote.

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Opponent: John Scannell
Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Society * *
King County Bar Association Not Qualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian Judicial
Evaluations Committee
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Association
of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Municipal League
of King County
* *
QLaw: The GLBT Bar
Association of Washington
* Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Unqualified Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Washington Women Lawyers * Exceptionally
Well Qualified

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