Inslee broadcasts two appointments to Pierce County Superior Courtroom


Governor Jay Inslee announced two Pierce County Superior Court appointments, Jennifer Andrews and Joseph Evans. Andrews will replace Judge Stephanie Arend, who will retire in mid-September, while Evans will replace Judge Elizabeth Martin, who will retire on November 1st.

Andrews has spent most of her career as a family law attorney. Since 2012 she has been a partner at The Narrows Law Group, formerly Andrews & Arbenz, with a focus on all areas of domestic relations. Early in her career, she served for five years as an assistant prosecutor in the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office, representing the Office’s Child Support Division. And Andrews has served as Pro tem Commissioner at Pierce County Superior Court since 2019, dealing with family law matters.

Evans has served as a criminal defense attorney in the Pierce County’s assigned attorney division for 15 years. He has headed the juvenile criminal law department since 2019. For the past year, Evans served as a project manager for the Pierce County Criminal Justice Task Force, a working group that reviews current criminal justice policies and focuses on identifying inequalities to improve the justice system. He also served on the Pierce County Human Resources Diversity Equity and Inclusion Strategic Oversight Committee for the past nine months.

Both Andrews and Evans are active in the community. Andrews has been a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound since 2019. She has served as president of the Pierce County Chapter of Washington Women Lawyers and has mentored young lawyers. Evans is a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, past president and board member of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association, and serves on the Board of Attorneys Against Systemic Racism. Since 2019 Evans has also volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as a Big Brother mentor for a youth in the region.

“I’m confident Jennifer and Joe will make good additions to the Pierce County Superior Court bench,” said Inslee. “They bring with them a wide range of professional and personal experiences that will help them master the challenges they will soon face as members of the judiciary.”

Andrews earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University and her law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Evans earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington-Tacoma and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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