January 13, 2013, will be my last day as an elected member of the court. I will continue in a pro-tem capacity until cases I have heard as a sitting judge are completed. It has been such an honor to have served on this State’s highest court. I am likely to have several blog posts about my reflections on retirement.
Undoubtedly because of my looming retirement, organizations have thought this was a good time to recognize my accomplishments. In the last several months I have received the “Outstanding Judge of the Year Award” from the Washington State Association for Justice, the Lifetime Service Award from the Washington State Bar Association, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the state chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. What can I say except it has been very, very cool.
On October 11, 2012 (my 69th birthday), I had a retirement party at Gilda’s Club in Seattle and where I used to have my law office. It was a true party. My good friend Lori Haskell put together a 7 minute video to celebrate my life and career. She took liberties with the truth but it is entertaining and fun. If you have seven minutes to spare, you are sure to laugh at the end. Here is link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjBszfgwU_s&feature=channel&list=UL
On September 28, 2012, I had another surgery. This one was to remove the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck where the cancer had spread. That is four tumors in 10 months. I sailed through the surgery and I did not miss a single day of work. I have started another six weeks of twice a day radiation at the U of W Medical Center. I am again being a virtual justice participating remotely. I am still optimistic. On the bright side, we have not detected a tumor in my mouth for 6 months. I continue to appreciate everyone’s support and understanding.