A candidate for Judge Position 1, Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 2 in the 2010 Washington General Election
On this race: Legal/Judicial Experience: Chief Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One (April 2010 – present); Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals (November 2005 – present); Judge, Snohomish County Superior Court (2004 – 2005); Judge, Snohomish County District Court (1995 – 2004).
Other Professional Experience: Attorney in private practice (1984 – 1995); Judge Pro Tempore and arbitrator (1989 – 1994); Judicial Law Clerk (1982 – 1984).
Education: Juris Doctor, with honors, University of Washington School of Law (1982); B.A. (History), University of Puget Sound (1979).
Community Service: Member, Edmonds City Council (1984 – 1995); Board of Directors, Snocom (South County “911” emergency services – 11 years); Board of Directors, Medic-7 (South County paramedic program – 11 years). Statement: Chief Judge Steve Dwyer was elected to the Washington State Court of Appeals in November 2005. Previously, in February 2004, Judge Dwyer was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court after serving for nine years as a Snohomish County District Court Judge. As a member of the district court, Judge Dwyer served as president of the State District and Municipal Court Judges Association (DMCJA), served a three-year term on the DMCJA's Board of Governors, served for two years as the DMCJA Legislative Committee Chair, and served for two years as a member of the State Board for Judicial Administration. As a member of the superior court, Judge Dwyer served on the State Superior Court Judges' Association Legislative Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the Court of Appeals Rules Committee and currently serves as a member of both the court's Executive and Budget Committees.
In 2003, Judge Dwyer was honored with the Washington State Bar Association's "Outstanding Judge" award. In 2001, he received a state "Judge of the Year" award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He became Chief Judge in April 2010.