Governor Jay Inslee announced the appointment of King County Superior Court Judge Michael Trickey to Division 1 of the Court of Appeals on April 11, and the appointment of Tanya Thorp to the King County Superior Court bench on April 2.
Judge Trickey has served on the King County Superior Court bench since the mid-1990s, when he was first appointed to fill an empty seat and then won election in 1996. Prior to that, he served as a public defender in King County and spent 14 years in private practice with an emphasis on criminal defense. He has volunteered extensively on a range of judicial and sentencing boards, committees and work groups, and is past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Judicature Society.
"Mike brings extensive courtroom experience that spans from family law to criminal defense," Gov. Inslee said. "He has been a leader on the court for years and brings a passion for fairness and justice that will serve him and the people of Washington well."
Judge Trickey commented on Facebook, "I am honored by the Governor's decision to appoint me to this position and I will do my best."
Judge Trickey is replacing Judge Ken Grosse who is retiring after serving with distinction for 27 years. Judge Grosse is the longest-serving appellate judge in the state.
Thorp has worked for the past 12 years as an assistant attorney general. She worked for nearly a decade in the Social & Health Services Termination Unit, working on difficult family law and parental rights cases. As an AAG, she also has handled several high-profile cases in the Labor & Industries Division, including defending the State's citation against Tesoro Anacortes Refinery after the 2010 refinery explosion that killed seven workers.
Thorp is a member of the Loren Miller Bar Association and currently serves as an Executive Board member-at-large. During the judicial evaluation process, she was rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by the Latina/o Bar Association and LMBA, "Well Qualified" by the King County Bar Association, QLaw, and the Joint Asian Judicial Evaluation Committee, and "Highly Qualified" by Washington Women Lawyers.
"Tanya's experience both in the courtroom and working with families will be an excellent asset on the bench," Gov. Inslee said. "She is highly regarded among her colleagues and her reputation as a competent and effective legal professional is well-known. I look forward to her public service to the people of King County for years to come."
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