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Sheryl Gordon McCloud


Washington Supreme Court

Position 9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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 of whom believe in the importance of an independent judiciary.

Justice McCloud remains dedicated to equal rights and access to justice for all. She believes that 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 that is 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 more than 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:

Ratings: "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent Bar Associations.

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Opponent: None

Candidate ratings:

Cardozo Law Society Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Joint Asian
Judicial Evaluation Committee
Well Qualified
King County Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Latina/o Bar Ass'n of Washington Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Loren Miller Bar Association Exceptionally
Well Qualified
Pierce County
Minority Bar Association
Well Qualified
Q-Law: The GLBT
Bar Association of Washington
Well Qualified
Tacoma/Pierce County
Bar Association
Well Qualified
Veterans Bar Association
of Washington
Well Qualified
Women Lawyers
Well Qualified
Washington Association
of Prosecuting Attorneys
Well Qualified

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 , Bremerton, Washington
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