Legal/Judicial Experience: Appellate Court Judge (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); Independent Auditor, Seattle Police Department, Office of Professional Accountability (2009-10)
Education: B.A. Brown University (1974); J.D. New York University (1981)
Community Service: Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee (2012-present); Trustee, King County Bar Association (2007-10); Board Member: Family Law Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (2008-10), The Defender Association (2008-09), Seadrunnar, residential drug treatment program (2003-2016)
Statement: Michael Spearman was appointed by Governor Christine Gregoire to the Court of Appeals in 2010, following a distinguished 14-year career as a King County Superior Court judge. He has also served as a mediator and arbitrator in private practice helping individuals resolve their disputes outside of court. He is well respected for his calm demeanor, intelligence and impartiality.
Judge Spearman has been endorsed by over 90 judges from across the state (including all Justices of the Washington State Supreme Court) as well as Legislators (Roger Goodman, Jamie Pedersen, Ruth Kagi, Cindy Ryu, Joan McBride, Marcie Maxwell, ret., Adam Kline, ret.), Council Members (Rod Dembowski, Larry Gossett, Joe McDermott, Kathy Lambert, Tim Burgess), AG Bob Ferguson, former US Attorney John McKay, former AG Rob McKenna, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, and Community Leaders (Bobbe & Jon Bridge, George Griffin, Fe Lopez, Karl de Jong, Ron Ward), the King County Democrats and the 36th, 37th and 41st LDs.
Judge Spearman is the more experienced and better qualified candidate for this position. You are invited to compare for yourself at www.votingforjudges.org. Please vote to re-elect Judge Spearman to the Court of Appeals.