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Debra Stephens

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Debra Stephens
Current Court Information:
Washington State Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $
Appointed by:   Christine Gregoire
Active:   2008 - present
Preceded by:   Bobbe Bridge
Past post:   Washington Court of Appeals
Past term:   2007
Past position:   Judge
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Gonzaga University, 1987
Law School:   Gonzaga University School of Law, 1993

Debra L. Stephens is a justice on the Washington State Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court in December 2007 by Governor Christine Gregoire. Her current term ends in 2014.


Stephens received her B.A. from Gonzaga University in 1987 and her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1993. [1]


After graduating from law school, Stephens served as a staff attorney for Fred Van Sickle, from 1993 to 1995. After that, she went into private practice. Stephens was appointed to the Washington Court of Appeals and then elected to the court, in 2007. She took office on the Washington Supreme Court on January 1, 2008. [2]

Awards and Associations

  • 1995-present Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Member, Appellate Court Education Committee
  • Member, Court Rules Committee
  • 1995-2007 Coordinated Amicus Curiae Prgoram of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association Foundation
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Orchard Prairie School District No. 123
  • Former member, Spokane Valley Rotary Club
  • Former Deacon and Elder, Milwood Community Presbyterian Church
  • Member, Sacred Heart Children's Foundation
  • Former Community Board Advisor, People for Environmental Action & Community Health
  • Founding member, Upward Bound Program
  • Volunteer mentor, Gonzaga University students
  • Former trustee, Washington Judicial College [2]

2008 campaign

Stephens ran unopposed for election to a full six-year term on the court in November of 2008.[3]

Stephens raised about $107,000 during her 2008 election campaign.[4]

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