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Longtime NACDL Member Sheryl Gordon McCloud Elected to Supreme Court of Washington State

Washington, DC (November 9, 2012)  – Washington appellate attorney Sheryl Gordon McCloud was elected on Tuesday to a six-year term as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. Ms. Gordon McCloud, who has been a public defender, a law professor at Seattle University School of Law and most recently an attorney in private practice, has been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) since 1990, and has served as a Vice Chair of NACDL’s Amicus Committee and as Chair of NACDL’s then State Constitutional Law Committee. In addition, Ms. Gordon McCloud served as Vice President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), NACDL’s Washington affiliate, which also recognized her work with its President’s Award for Distinguished Service.

“While NACDL does not take positions on judicial contests or appointments, we are as an association extremely proud that a decades-long NACDL member, Sheryl Gordon McCloud, has been elected to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Washington,” said NACDL President Steven D. Benjamin. “Sheryl Gordon McCloud’s decades of service to her clients, her community, her students, and the legal profession, as well as to the Constitution and its principles of justice and due process, are consistent with the proud mission of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and indeed the entire bar. On behalf of NACDL, I congratulate Sheryl on this outstanding achievement.”

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The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's many thousands of direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal legal system.