Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointments of two new Superior Court judges, one for King County and one for Pierce County.
Seattle attorney John Ruhl will join the King County Superior Court bench, and Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen the Pierce County Superior Court bench. Both appointments become effective April 1.
Ruhl, a past president of the King County Bar Association, is an attorney with the law firm Ryan, Swanson and Cleveland in Seattle, according to a news release. He is also a founding president and past board member of the Dispute Resolution Center of King County. Ruhl was instrumental in helping to found VotingforJudges.org, a nonpartisan website designed to provide voters with information about candidates for judicial office.
Ruhl will replace Judge Jay White, who retired on Feb. 28.
Sorensen has been with the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office for 24 years, according to a news release. He started in the family-support division and has served in multiple trial units within the criminal division. He was team chief of both the drug and robbery/assault units before becoming the assistant chief criminal deputy and eventually chief criminal deputy.
Sorensen will fill the vacancy left by Judge Linda Lee, who was appointed to the Court of Appeals in January.