On March 24, Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington named Michael Spearman ’81 to the state’s Court of Appeals. Spearman, who was a judge in King County Superior Court from 1993-2007, will join Division 1, which serves King, Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Most recently, he was a panelist at Judicial Dispute Resolution in Seattle and a civilian auditor of the Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability, which monitors investigations of citizen complaints about police.

“Judge Spearman’s experience as a trial judge is a real asset to the Court of Appeals,” Gregoire said in a statement. “He is highly regarded by those he has worked with for his intelligence, incredible work ethic and thoughtful decisions. I am confident he will bring these attributes to his new role.”

Posted on April 1, 2010