Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Richard B. Sanders
|Elected Experience||I served on the Supreme Court until 2011, first elected in 1995; and reelected in 1998 and 2004. I wrote more opinions than any other current Justice. Before that, I practiced law for 26 years. I also served as an adjunct professor teaching appellate advocacy at the UW School of Law, and guest lectured on state constitutional law at Seattle University.||Current Supreme Court Justice. Ten years as a King County Superior Court Judge. Practiced criminal and civil law as an Assistant US Attorney, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor in Seattle, and an Associate at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson.|
|Other Professional Experience||Service on Supreme Court committees and statewide and national organizations promoting meaningful access to the judicial system. Obtained significant court rulings establishing our right to courtrooms open to the public and press, pregnancy disability leave, and fair mortgage practices.||I am an Eagle Scout and played for the University of Washington in the Rose Bowl. (French horn!)|
|Education||J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, Editor, Southern California Law Review; B.A., State University of New York, cum laude||B.S. and J.D., University of Washington|
|Community Service||Gynecological Cancer Foundation and youth art and sports activities while raising two sons||I frequently lectured and wrote many legal articles and opinion pieces explaining our constitutional rights.|
|Statement||Supreme Court Justices must be people who appreciate the effect of their decisions on ordinary people. As a former union member who is married to an educator and is the mother of two, Sheryl McCloud understands the concerns of women and working families and will bring that connection to the Supreme Court bench.
For 28 years, Sheryl has been defending our Constitutional rights in the Washington Supreme Court and other appellate courts and is the best qualified candidate for this position. Lawyers nationwide seek her expertise and advice.
Sheryl McCloud has a proven record of commitment to communities of color and a long history of providing free legal assistance to those who lack the ability to pay - those who would be without meaningful access to justice without her help. In one of her first volunteer cases, she helped successfully defend a woman’s right to pregnancy disability leave in the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s not a career politician, but an experienced appellate lawyer who will bring to the court an unparalleled depth of experience.
Endorsements: King County Democratic Central Committee; James Bible; Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson (of First AME Church); Larry Gossett; Estela Ortega; NARAL Pro-Choice Washington; others at www.mccloudforjustice.com
|Why has Justice Tom Chambers endorsed Richard Sanders to take his seat on the Court? Because he knows Richard is a person of unquestioned integrity, devoted to protecting the rights of all citizens.
Article 1, Section 1 of our constitution states: “governments...are established to protect and maintain individual rights.” I believe that’s also the job description of a Supreme Court Justice: we must look out for the “little guy” and protect citizen rights. Sometimes this makes me seem conservative, as when I support property rights, and sometimes it makes me seem liberal, as when I fight for free speech and personal rights to privacy. But I am consistent: we have rights the government must not violate.
Thomas Jefferson said the God who gave us life gave us liberty as well. It’s a good thought to remember. I have support that cuts across the spectrum, with endorsements including: the State Republican and Libertarian Parties; legislators; judges and civil libertarians-- and more than 1,000 endorsers, including the Association of Washington Business and Washington Realtors.
Richard Sanders has earned our support and protected our rights. Vote to return Sanders to the Supreme Court.