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For first time in state history a woman appointed as state Supreme Court clerk

Susan Carlson is sworn in as the first female state Supreme Court Clerk on Thursday.
Susan Carlson is sworn in as the first female state Supreme Court Clerk on Thursday.

For the first time in state history, a woman was sworn in as Washington’s Supreme Court clerk on Thursday.

Susan Carlson, who has been serving as deputy clerk, will serve as Washington’s ninth Supreme Court clerk, managing court records and case flow.

Carlson was appointed by the nine justices of the court and sworn in by Chief Justice Barbara A. Madsen.

“We are so pleased that Susan has accepted this position,” Madsen said in a statement. “She has served the court very well as deputy clerk for the past nine years, and we could not have asked for a higher-qualified candidate to fill the role.”

Carlson replaced retired Court Clerk Ron Carpenter, who served 10 years in the post. Before joining the court in 2007, Carlson held positions within the state Attorney General’s Office, State Senate, Chelan County Prosecutor’s office, and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The position was created in 1934 to maintain the court’s records, files and documents. The clerk’s office manages the court’s case flow, attorney licensing and discipline, and documents for approximately 1,000 petitions and motions.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as the Supreme Court clerk,” Carlson said. “I look forward to serving the court and the people of the State of Washington.”

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