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Grays Harbor judge elected president of statewide judges' associationJuly 08, 2010
Grays Harbor County District Court Judge Stephen Brown has been elected president of the Washington state District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association (DMCJA), which represents more than 200 judges from courts across the state.
Called “limited jurisdiction courts,” district and municipal courts preside over the majority of court cases in Washington, and are the courts Washington residents are most likely to encounter. Created by state statute, the DMCJA provides its members with continuing judicial education, recommends changes to civil and criminal court rules, and promotes improvement in the administration of justice.
Also elected to the DMCJA board were Spokane District Court Judge Gregory Tripp (president elect); Spokane District Court Judge Sara Derr (vice president); and Medical Lake Municipal Court Judge Richard Kayne (secretary/treasurer).
Judge Brown was elected president during the association’s annual meeting in May. He has served on the governing board of the DMCJA since 2005.
Judge Brown joined the Grays Harbor District Court in January 1987. Before that he served three years as Elma Municipal Court Judge. Judge Brown is a graduate of Elma High School (1973), Stanford University (B.A. History, 1977) and the University of Washington School of Law (J.D. 1980). He and his wife, Beckie, reside in Elma. Twin sons Lucas and Lee now live and work in Seattle, and daughter Blair has just finished her first year at Central Washington University.
During his tenure as president of the association, Judge Brown will focus on maintaining and strengthening the association’s commitment to diversity and responsiveness to the needs of all members. “I plan on working to improve the administration of justice in our courts, just as I have done and continue to do for Grays Harbor County.”
CONTACT: Grays Harbor County District Court Judge Stephen E. Brown, (360) 249-3441; or Shannon Hinchcliffe, Administrative Office of the Courts, (360)705-5226.
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