Washington Court of Appeals
Division I, District One, Position 4
This candidate is running unopposed.
Cox took his oath of office as a judge on the Washington State Court of
Appeals in January 1995, following his election to an open position on
that court. He has served a term as the presiding chief judge of the
entire court. He also served a term as Chief Judge of Division One of
the court, which is headquartered in Seattle.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and the
United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Judge Cox was
raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i, where he graduated from Punahou School.
Before becoming a judge, he was a partner in a Seattle law firm. During
that time, he served on committees and task forces that focused on
improving the judicial system. One task force developed ways to improve
information provided to voters who select judges. Another worked on
reducing delay in disposition of cases in the trial courts. He also
helped in the process of rating and selecting judges during his service
on bar association judicial screening and evaluation committees. His
community service included volunteering with various organizations
concerned with the education and welfare of children.
He served as President of the King County Bar Foundation, which raises
funds for free legal services to the poor and scholarships for minority
law students. He was also actively involved in the educational work of
the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission of the state
Judge Cox's commitment to civic service continues in his current work as
a mentor for law school students. He is also a part-time lecturer at the
University of Washington School of Law, teaching an appellate advocacy
Following successful completion of ranger and airborne training after
graduation from West Point, he served in a succession of command, staff,
and instructor assignments in Germany, Vietnam, and the United States.
He holds various awards and decorations for this military service.
The University of Washington School of Law awarded Judge Cox its Henry
M. Jackson Distinguished Alumnus Award. King County Washington Women
Lawyers awarded him its Judge of the Year Award.
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