Thad Scudder appointed to Cowlitz County Superior Court

"Cowlitz County is losing one of the state's longest serving, and most capable, Superior Court judges.  Mr. Scudder's many years of experience will go a long way to mitigate the loss to our  Court.  We on the bench look forward to serving the citizens of the county with Mr. Scudder as an integral member of our bench." 

by – Gary B. Bashor, Presiding Judge.

On May 7, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee appointed Thad Scudder to the Cowlitz County Superior Court. In September, Scudder will replace Judge Stephen Warning who will retire in August.

Thad Scudder brings 29 years of legal experience to the bench.In 1990, he started his career as a deputy prosecutor with the Cowlitz County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. For over twenty years, he ran a sole practice in Longview and in Kelso where he focused on criminal defense, criminal appeals, and appeared in family court and juvenile court. For sixteen years he also acted as a judge pro tem in Cowlitz County District Court. In 2013 he joined the Cowlitz County Office of Public Defense and since 2018 he has served as the Director of that department.

Scudder has served on the boards of the ARC of Cowlitz County, The Cowlitz Wahkiakum Bar Association, the Washington Defender Association, Been There Done That, The Cowlitz County Homelessness Task Force, and The Cowlitz Youth Soccer Association.

Scudder earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound and his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota.He and his wife Trish have four children and reside in Longview.


If you have further questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Judge Gary Bashor, Presiding at 360-577-3085, or

Chad Connors, Court Administrator at 360-577-3085

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