Temple of Justice Centennial Celebration



Holiday Centennial Celebration

December 10, 2013

The Temple of Justice's Centennial Year culminated with a holiday reception for current and past employees of the Supreme Court, Law Library and Administrative Office of the Courts. Co-hosted by Chief Justice Gerry Alexander (retired) and Justice Faith Ireland (retired), this event provided an opportunity for colleagues to reconnect and reminisce about old times.
Temple Holiday Reception

100 Years of Justice: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Washington Courts Historical Society CLE Seminar
November 22, 2013, Temple of Justice

Guided by present and former Justices of the Supreme Court, a United States Federal Court Judge, and distinguished members of the Washington State Bar Association, this seminar took a look back at developments in diverse areas of the law over the past 100 years, developments that have found their way into the cases argued and decided within the walls of the Temple of Justice. The program concluded with a look forward, as participants engaged in a panel discussion of how past trends might play out in the future.

A recording of the seminar can be found on TVW's website.

Images of Justice: Completing the Temple of Justice


Washington Courts Historical Society and the Supreme Court have partnered to initiate a project to complete the Temple of Justice by commissioning and installing works of art illustrating the rule of law and the role of the judicial branch.

A reception was held on November 21, 2013 to introduce the project. Yale Law Professor Judith Resnik spoke on the imagery of justice down through the centuries, drawing upon her book, Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (Yale Univ. Press 2011). The Honorable Bobbe Bridge also introduced and explained the Temple of Justice art project.

AGO Reception

As one of the Temple of Justice centennial events, the Justices and the Attorneys General Slade Gorton (1969-1980), Ken Eikenberry (1981-1992), Christine Gregoire (1993-2004), Rob McKenna (2005-2012) and Bob Ferguson (2013-present) invited former and current Attorney General's Office staff to an evening reception at the Temple of Justice from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The Attorney General's Office was housed in the Temple of Justice from 1913 to 1987. All the Attorneys General spoke. It was a wonderful evening of reminiscing and visiting.

Memories of the Temple PDF document

Slideshow of historic photographs of the TOJ Microsoft Powerpoint presentation

Mock Trial Competition

YMCA Youth & Government is a statewide civics education program that includes an annual Youth Legislature and a Mock Trial competition.

To commemorate 100 years of Supreme Court cases at the Temple of Justice, mock appellate oral arguments of the case Witters v. Washington Department of Services for the Blind (1986) were heard on May 3, 2013. Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens presided over the hearing with youth legislative students serving as justices, bailiff and appellate attorneys general.

Oral Arguments Recording on TVW:

Birthday Celebration

A birthday party was held on January 18, 2013 in the foyer of the Temple of Justice to celebrate the building's centennial. Highlights included brief statements by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Charlie Wiggins, a "visit" by architects Walter Wilder and Harry White, birthday cake and building tours.

Some photos courtesy of the Washington State Legislature

Honored Guests Reception

On January 16, 2013, the Temple of Justice hosted the Honored Guests Reception prior to the start of the Inaugural Ball. A century earlier, the Temple of Justice opened in order to host Governor Lister's inaugural ball, the first ball held on the Capitol Campus.



The Temple of Justice Centennial Committee would like to acknowledge the efforts of the many people who have contributed to the Temple Centennial Celebrations.

We appreciate the contributions of The WA State Digital Archives and The University of WA, Digital Collections.
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