Submitted by Katie Loring’s office
Attorney Katie Loring has submitted her application for appointment as the next San Juan County Superior Court Judge. In April, San Juan County Superior Court Judge, Donald E. Eaton announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2017. Because Judge Eaton is retiring mid-term, the next San Juan County Superior Court Judge will be selected by Gov. Jay Inslee rather than elected by San Juan County voters. All applicants will be subject to extensive vetting by the governor. The appointed judge will take the bench Jan. 1, 2018, and will stand for election to retain the position in the November 2018 election.
Loring has practiced law in San Juan County since moving to Friday Harbor in February 2008. Prior to that, she served as a judicial clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary E. Fairhurst and then practiced law at the Perkins Coie firm in Seattle. Loring has served as San Juan County Superior Court Commissioner on many occasions when Judge Eaton was unavailable.
Loring has been actively involved in the community since moving here, including leadership roles in Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, and in Leadership San Juan Islands. She currently serves on the boards of trustees of the SJI Library District and the SJC Law Library. She also has enjoyed engaging with island youth through the Family Resource Center’s mentoring program and as a coach for students in FHHS’s mock trial program. Loring enjoys bicycling with her husband Kyle on San Juan Island and throughout the Northwest. Loring is excited by the possibility of serving this community as the next San Juan County Superior Court Judge.
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