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February 2012 Bar Bulletin

Four Decades and Many Changes Later, Justice Alexander Bids Farewell

By Gerry L. Alexander

 

Retired Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander, this year's recipient of the Goldmark Award, with Peter Goldmark, Washington commissioner of public lands.

Unfortunately for me, December 31 was the date on which I had to retire from my position on the Washington Supreme Court. I say "unfortunately" because as many of you know I did not wish to retire. But, alas, due to a pesky provision in our state constitution, which says a justice of the Supreme Court must retire "at the end of the calendar year in which he attains the age of seventy-five years," I had no choice in the matter.

I, of course, have been aware of this provision for some time and as I passed my 75th birthday and approached the end of the year, I did a lot of thinking and reminiscing about the almost four decades I served in the judiciary of Washington at three levels of court.


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