Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Washington State Supreme Court Justice, 2013.jpeg
Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Assumed office
January 1, 2013 (2013-01-01)
Preceded byTom Chambers
Personal details
Born (1955-10-05) October 5, 1955 (age 63)
Spouse(s)Michael "Mike" A. McCloud
ChildrenTwo sons
ResidenceBainbridge Island, Washington[1]
Alma materState University of New York, USC Gould School of Law
OccupationLawyer, Law professor, Judge

Sheryl Gordon McCloud (born October 5, 1955) is an Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court. She was elected to replace outgoing Associate Justice Tom Chambers on Seat 9 of the Washington Supreme Court, winning 55.24% of the vote and defeating former Associate Justice Richard B. Sanders. She was appointed to her six-year term on January 1, 2013, by Christine Gregoire.[2] With her election, the Washington Supreme Court is now majority-female.[3]

McCloud is a 1976 graduate of the University at Buffalo and a 1984 graduate of the USC Gould School of Law.[4] While in law school, she served as an editor of the Southern California Law Review.[5]

In February 2017, Justice McCloud authored the unanimous court's opinion in the Arlene's Flowers lawsuit, finding that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution gave the florist no right to refuse to provide services for a gay wedding, writing "this case is no more about the access to flowers than civil rights cases were about access to sandwiches."[6]


  1. ^ Bainbridge-based lawyer a political newcomer in Supreme Court race » Kitsap Sun
  2. ^ Sheryl Gordon McCloud for Supreme Court
  3. ^ Swearing-in of Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud tips Supreme Court majority to women | The Daily World
  4. ^ Justice Position 9, Supreme Court of Washington - 2012 Voter Guide
  5. ^ Sheryl Gordon McCloud | 2012 Primary
  6. ^ Thompson, Lynn (16 February 2017). "Richland florist discriminated against gay couple by refusing service, state Supreme Court rules". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 18 February 2017.

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Preceded by
Tom Chambers
Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court
Succeeded by