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Charles Z. Smith, 1927 - 2016

Information about former Washington State Supreme Court Justice and University of Washington School of Law Graduate, Charles Z. Smith

Biographical Information

Born February 23, 1927; died August 29, 2016

J.D., 1955, University of Washington
B.S., 1952, Temple University

Admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1952

Member of the University of Washington School of Law faculty from 1973-1982; established the Clinical Law Program in 1979


  • Washington Supreme Court Justice (1988–2002)
  • Washington State Minority and Justice Commission (1990–2009)
  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2000–01)
  • Washington State Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Task Force (1987–90)
  • King County Superior Court Judge (1966–73)
  • Seattle Municipal Court Judge (1965–66)

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