Faith Ireland retired from the Washington Supreme Court in 2005 and began her private practice in mediation, strategic legal consulting and coaching lawyers on briefing and arguing in the appellate courts. She was elected to the Supreme Court in 1998 after serving fifteen years as a judge of the Superior Court.
Ireland received the Distinguished Service Award from the national Leadership Institute in Judicial Education in 1998. For her efforts in helping to diversify the judiciary, Ireland received recognition from the Asian, Hispanic, Loren Miller and N.W. Indian Bar Associations. She was named Judge of the Year by the Washington State Trial Lawyer's Association and received its William O. Douglas Award. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Carl Maxey Award recognizing her continued efforts in diversity and human rights. She also received the President's and Vanguard awards from Washington Women Lawyers, the Women of the Year award from Seattle University and the University of Washington Women's Law Caucuses and an award from Gonzaga University. She was also named an outstanding alumnus of Willamette University. The Puget Sound Business Journal honored her as one of its Women of Distinction for 2004.
Ireland is active in the community, having served as Chair of the Board of TVW, (C-span for Washington), on the Board of Seattle No. 4 Rotary, The Board of Law Fund (indigent civil legal services) and having served as Vice-Chair of the King County Sheriff's Blue Ribbon Panel on public accountability. She is a Past President of the Austin Foundation, enriching the lives of at-risk youth through physical fitness. She was a member of the Board of Visitors of Willamette University School of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington and an M.S. Taxation from Golden Gate University, Seattle branch.
Her hobbies include downhill skiing with her husband, Chuck Norem. She is an international competitive powerlifter, a six-time USAPL National Champion for her age and weight, has won bronze, silver and gold medals in international competition. She holds American or world records for her age/weight at 242 pounds for squat, 154 for bench and 281 for deadlift.