United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (in case citations, W.D. Wash.) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the following counties of the state of Washington: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Snohomish, Thurston, Wahkiakum, and Whatcom. Its courthouse, built in 2004, is located at 7th and Stewart in Seattle.
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington|
|Location||United States Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Ninth Circuit|
|Established||March 2, 1905|
|Chief Judge||Ricardo S. Martinez|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Tessa M. Gorman (acting)|
|U.S. Marshal||Mark Ericks|
As of the 2000 census, 4.6 million people resided in the Western District, representing 78% of the state's population. The district includes the cities of Bellingham, Bremerton, Seattle, Bellevue, Olympia, Vancouver, Everett, and Tacoma, amongst others.
Cases from the Western District of Washington are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. As of February 28, 2021[update], the Acting United States Attorney is Tessa M. Gorman. The United States Marshal for the district is Mark Ericks, who was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010.
As of July 14, 2021[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|27||Chief Judge||Ricardo S. Martinez||Seattle||1951||2004–present||2016–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|29||District Judge||Richard A. Jones||Seattle||1950||2007–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|17||Senior Judge||Barbara Jacobs Rothstein||Washington, D.C.[Note 1]||1939||1980–2011||1987–1994||2011–present||Carter|
|18||Senior Judge||John C. Coughenour||Seattle||1941||1981–2006||1997–2004||2006–present||Reagan|
|19||Senior Judge||Carolyn R. Dimmick||Seattle||1929||1985–1997||1994–1997||1997–present||Reagan|
|20||Senior Judge||Robert Jensen Bryan||Tacoma||1934||1986–2000||—||2000–present||Reagan|
|22||Senior Judge||Thomas Samuel Zilly||Seattle||1935||1988–2004||—||2004–present||Reagan|
|24||Senior Judge||Robert S. Lasnik||Seattle||1951||1998–2016||2004–2011||2016–present||Clinton|
|25||Senior Judge||Marsha J. Pechman||Seattle||1951||1999–2016||2011–2016||2016–present||Clinton|
|28||Senior Judge||James Robart||Seattle||1947||2004–2016||—||2016–present||G.W. Bush|
|30||Senior Judge||Benjamin Hale Settle||Tacoma||1947||2007–2020||—||2020–present||G.W. Bush|
- Since taking senior status, Judge Rothstein has sat with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Vacancies and pending nominationsEdit
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|6||Seattle||Robert S. Lasnik||Senior status||January 27, 2016||Lauren J. King||May 12, 2021|
|1||Marsha J. Pechman||February 6, 2016||Tana Lin||April 29, 2021|
|3||James Robart||June 28, 2016||–||–|
|7||Tacoma||Ronald B. Leighton||February 28, 2019||David Estudillo||April 29, 2021|
|4||Benjamin Hale Settle||January 1, 2020||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||Cornelius H. Hanford||WA||1849–1926||1905–1912||—||—||B. Harrison/Operation of law[note 1]||resignation|
|3||Edward E. Cushman||WA||1865–1944||1912–1939||—||1939–1944||Taft||death|
|4||Clinton Woodbury Howard||WA||1864–1937||1912–1913||—||—||Taft||not confirmed|
|6||John Clyde Bowen||WA||1888–1978||1934–1961||1948–1959||1961–1978||F. Roosevelt||death|
|7||Lloyd Llewellyn Black||WA||1889–1950||1939–1950||—||—||F. Roosevelt||death|
|8||Charles H. Leavy||WA||1884–1952||1942–1952||—||1952–1952||F. Roosevelt||death|
|9||William James Lindberg||WA||1904–1981||1951–1971||1959–1971||1971–1981||Truman||death|
|10||George Hugo Boldt||WA||1903–1984||1953–1971||1971||1971–1984||Eisenhower||death|
|11||William Trulock Beeks||WA||1906–1988||1961–1973||1971–1973||1973–1988||Kennedy||death|
|12||William Nelson Goodwin||WA||1909–1975||1966–1975||1973–1975||—||L. Johnson||death|
|13||Walter Thomas McGovern||WA||1922–2021||1971–1987||1975–1987||1987–2021||Nixon||death|
|14||Morell Edward Sharp||WA||1920–1980||1971–1980||—||—||Nixon||death|
|15||Donald S. Voorhees||WA||1916–1989||1974–1986||—||1986–1989||Nixon||death|
|16||Jack Edward Tanner||WA||1919–2006||1978–1991||—||1991–2006||Carter||death|
|21||William Lee Dwyer||WA||1929–2002||1987–1998||—||1998–2002||Reagan||death|
|26||Ronald B. Leighton||WA||1951–present||2002–2019||—||2019–2020||G.W. Bush||retirement|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seatsEdit
- Originally appointed to District of Washington in 1890
- "Tessa M. Gorman appointed Acting United States Attorney". www.justice.gov. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
- "Presidential Nominations – THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2012-05-19.