Judge Michael Downes was appointed to the Superior Court in July, 2004, and has been elected to retain the position since. Judge Downes is a 1977 graduate of Western Washington University, and a 1982 graduate of the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in Washington in 1982. He served over 21 years as a Snohomish County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Judge Downes now serves as the Superior Court’s Presiding Judge. He has been on the faculty of the State Judicial College. He is the Secretary of State Superior Court Judges Association. He and his wife have three grown children.