Governor Gregoire has named Judge Debra Stephens (Div. III, Spokane) to take the Justice Bobbe Bridge's seat on the Supreme Court when Justice Bridge retires at the end of this month. Gregoire picks Spokane jurist for high court, Seattle Times, Dec. 4, 2007.
Judge Stephens has lived in Spokane all her life and is an honors graduate of Gonzaga twice over (B.A. and J.D.). While her private practice specialized in appellate work, she taught as an adjunct at Gonzaga since 1995, covering an impressive variety of courses -- appellate advocacy, community property, state and federal constitutional law, and legal research and writing. She was appointed to Division III in April and was elected without opposition last month
The press release from the Governor's office is here. The photo at right is from Judge Stephens's profile on Division III's website.