Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey stepping down, local attorney stepping up

On August 4, 2014, Hon. Gordon L. Godfrey announced his resignation from the bench effective October 1, 2014. Governor Jay Inslee is now seeking interested and qualified members of the Washington State Bar Association to submit applications to fill this position. The Governor’s application for judicial appointment, the Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire, is accepted by several minority bar associations for evaluation purposes. It can be downloaded below.

Nicholas W. Brown, General Counsel
Office of the Governor
Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504
To be considered for this vacancy, applicants are strongly encouraged to promptly submit complete applications, along with a short resume and the Waiver and Authorization to Release Information, and schedule judicial evaluations with the statewide minority bar associations. All applications must be completed and submitted to the Governor’s Office by August 25, 2014, with all judicial evaluation ratings submitted to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel as soon as possible.


Jean Cotton

Local attorney and Elma native, Jean Cotton, has announced that she is seeking appointment to the vacancy. A press release from Cotton Wednesday said it will require closing her private practice in Elma to pursue full-time the work she has come to love since she began working in the Superior Courts as a Commissioner Pro Tem and Judge Pro Tem more than 15 years ago. Ms. Cotton has taken her judicial service seriously as she is cognizant that decisions made by Superior Court judges affect the very fabric of our lives. She appreciates being from a family with a long history of judicial service in Grays Harbor.
According to Ms. Cotton, our county has been well served by Superior Court Judges who have held their elected positions for extended periods of time and who have been actively involved in their community and judicial stewardship.
Judge Gordon Godfrey announced his resignation after serving as a Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge since 1992. The vacancy created by the announced resignation of Hon. Gordon L. Godfrey will be filled with an appointment made by Governor Jay Inslee. Jean has submitted her application to the Governor for the appointment and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Grays Harbor County as its next Superior Court Judge.
Jean is a solo practitioner and owner of Cotton Law Offices, in Elma, Washington. She obtained her JD from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now Seattle University School of Law.
Jean has been a member of the Washington State bar Association Family Law Section Executive Committee since 2001 having served as Chair in 2007-2008. She has on many occasions acted as a faculty member training and informing practicing attorneys at the Family Law Midyear Section and/or the Skills Training programs as well as for the Solo and Small Practitioner Midyear, various Court Facilitator training, and other programs for Continuing Legal Education requirements for attorneys in Washington. She is currently a member of the WSBA Local Court Rules Task Force and has also served on the Washington Supreme Court Dissolution Task Force and as a Washington Delegate to the Family Law Council of Community Property States. Jean was the recipient of the WSBA Family Law Section Attorney of the Year award in 2008.