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Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 19, 2002
Contact:  Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136
Alt Contact:  Kirsten Kendrick, Governor’s Communications Office, 360-902-4136

Gov. Gary Locke Appoints Harry McCarthy to King County Superior Court

Gov. Gary Locke today appointed Seattle attorney Harry McCarthy to replace retiring Judge Kathleen Learned on the King County Superior Court.

“Harry has the perfect mix of experience, intelligence and dedication to serve on this distinguished court,” Locke said. “His professional excellence and experience have rallied support from individuals and groups throughout the community. I know he will serve the court with honor.”

McCarthy began his career as a military lawyer, working for eight years as a special agent in the United States Navy. He then worked for more than 30 years in the U.S Attorney’s Office, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. In 1994, he was appointed as the chief of the criminal division for the Western District of Washington. He also worked on many civil matters, such as tribal fishing rights issues and age and sex discrimination cases.

Most recently, McCarthy has worked as a judge pro tem for the King County District Court and the Seattle Municipal Court. He also has been teaching in the Trial Advocacy program at the University of Washington School of Law.

“I am truly honored by Gov. Locke’s selection,” McCarthy said. “It’s been a dream of mine to sit on this wonderful court and I thank the governor for giving me the opportunity to make that dream come true.”

McCarthy replaces retiring Judge Kathleen Learned, who served on the court for 14 years.

“Judge Learned has served the court with great dignity,” Locke said. “She has distinguished herself through her work on the bench and her service to the community, including the founding of the Northwest Women’s Law Center. She will be missed.”

McCarthy earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in California and received his law degree from Golden Gate University. He was admitted to the Washington bar in 1979.

McCarthy will begin his service on the court immediately, but since Superior Court judges must be elected, he will have to stand for election in the fall of 2003. The position carries an annual salary of $119,230.

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