Legal/Judicial Experience: 18 years of successful litigation experience in Pierce County Superior Court; arbitrator -- Pierce and Thurston County Superior Courts; respected writer and legal research expert for attorneys throughout U.S. and British Columbia; licensed at all levels of Washington State and Federal courts.
Other Professional Experience: Recognized as one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington” and a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters legal publication (top 5% of Washington lawyers); former middle school teacher
Education: BFA, University of Utah; MAT, University of Alaska; JD, Seattle University School of Law
Community Service: Volunteer, Tacoma-Pierce County Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service; fundraiser -- Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees
Statement: Pierce County Superior Court experience matters. Shelly Speir is the only candidate for this position with a solid record of successful litigation in Pierce County Superior Court. Named one of the “Top Attorneys in Washington” and endorsed by more than a dozen current and retired Pierce County Superior Court judges, she has earned recognition representing ordinary, working people – not governments or corporations – people who would have no access to justice without her help.
Shelly Speir understands the significant challenges facing our courts – underfunded mental health systems, juvenile justice systems needing reform, prisons with disproportionately large minority populations, and litigation that has become prohibitively expensive for the middle class. We need experienced, proven leaders like Shelly Speir in our courts.
Endorsements: Pierce County Labor Council, Machinists 751, IBEW 483, Carpenters 41, 2nd, 30th, and 31st Democrats, Supreme Court Justices Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Debra Stephens, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Former Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole, Brian Sonntag, Senators Steve Conway and Steve O’Ban, Reps. Christine Kilduff and David Sawyer, Council Member Connie Ladenburg, twenty current and past presidents of Tacoma-Pierce County Bar and Washington State Association for Justice, and nearly 200 lawyers who practice in Pierce County.