Openings for Appointment or Election

The following are all current openings known to KCBA. Most will be subject first to appointment by the Governor, County Council, or local city council. The bar recommends that attorneys interested in a judicial career obtain evaluation ratings from KCBA well in advance of the appearance of a vacancy on this page. Generally speaking, appointing authorities publish notice of a vacancy to solicit interest from attorneys with existing ratings. The bar's process, which relies on the availability of volunteer attorneys to conduct evaluations, can take up to 3 months from the date an applicant submits an application for rating. It is very unlikely that a rating can be issued on short notice.

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Current & Upcoming Openings as of 2/22/18:

  • King County Superior Court
    Judge Helen Halpert announced February 21 that she is retiring on June 30; the Governor will appoint a successor. Judge Mariane Spearman has announced her retirement effective March 30; the Governor will appoint a successor.  Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell has announced his retirement; date to be confirmed.

  • Washington Court of Appeals Division I
    Judge Ron Cox is retiring effective May 31, 2018; Governor Inslee will appoint an interim judge who will run for election this year. Applications due to Governor by March 2. Note: KCBA does not issue ratings for appointment to appellate level courts, but does issue ratings for election to those courts.

  • Kent Municipal Court
    Judge Karli Jorgensen announced January 29 that she will retire from her position later this year. Kent Mayor Dana Ralph will appoint a replacement.

  • Seattle Municipal Court
    Judge Karen Donohue has been appointed to fill the Hollis Hill vacancy at Superior Court effective March 2018. Once Mayor Durkan makes a recommendation, the Seattle City Council will appoint a successor to complete Judge Donohue's term on Seattle Municipal Court.

  • Washington Court of Appeals Division I
    Judge Michael Trickey is retiring effective August 2018; Governor Inslee will appoint an interim judge. Applications due to Governor by March 2. Note: KCBA does not issue ratings for appointment to appellate level courts, but does issue ratings for election to those courts.

  • King County District Court
    Judges Charles J. Delaurenti, David Meyer, and Janet Garrow have announced they will complete their current terms but not seek reelection this year. These will be open races for election without appointment of an interim judge.



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The Rumor Mill as of 2/16/18
Possible retirement is rumored in 2018 by Seattle Municipal Court Judge Kimi Kondo. Not yet confirmed.

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