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Locke appoints Appelwick to Court of Appeals, Lum to King County Superior Court

SEATTLE - Gov. Gary Locke today announced he has appointed Marlin Appelwick to the Division One Court of Appeals and Dean Lum to the King County Superior Court.

Appelwick, a 44-year-old attorney with his own practice in Seattle, was appointed to a new 10th seat on the Division One Court of Appeals. Lum, 40, was appointed to the King County Superior Court to fill a position vacated by the recent resignation of Judge Ricardo Martinez. Lum is of council with the Seattle law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey.

Locke said both Appelwick and Lum will add a tremendous amount of talent, experience and wisdom to the bench. "We consulted extensively with the legal community of King County, and came to the clear conclusion that Marlin and Dean are the two best people for the jobs," Locke said.

Appelwick began his career in private practice in 1980 as a trial lawyer. In 1983, he was elected to serve in the state House of Representatives, where he rose to the rank of House Minority Leader. He served on the House Revenue Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Much of his work in the Legislature involved issues facing the Bar and the judiciary in their efforts to improve the courts. He worked on reducing court congestion and improving juvenile justice legislation. Appelwick also is an active member of the Bar, serving as the director of the King County Bar Association's Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Lake City since 1981. He received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1979.

Appelwick's starting date on the Court of Appeals is July 1, at an annual salary of $106,537. He will stand for election this fall.

Lum is of counsel with the Seattle law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey, specializing in civil litigation in matters of product liability, insurance coverage and fraud, arson and commercial litigation. In 1983, he became a deputy prosecuting attorney in King County. Lum serves as a trustee of the Seattle Community College District and is on the board of directors at Children's Hospital and Medical Center. He also is a delegate to the National Network Against Anti-Asian Violence, and served as speaker on domestic violence issues for the Northwest Woman's Law Center. He earned his law degree from the University of Washington in 1983.

Lum will begin serving on the bench by July 1, at an annual salary of $100,995. He is up for election this fall.

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