Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family ProgramThe holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it is time, once again, to ask for your assistance with the Thurston County Bar Association’s participation in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family Program.  Please see the letter here from the TCBA Committee Chair, Lenny Lucenko, for more information. Please let me know as soon as possible (and no later than Monday, December 12, ... Read More
Letter Encouraging BOCC to Negotiate New Courthouse Site with CityPlease see the letter here from September that Olympia Mayor, Cheryl Selby, sent to the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners offering to engage in a joint feasibility study for locating a new courthouse on City-owned property at Plum and 8th. Thank you Mayor Selby!  
Vacant TCBA Board of Director non-officer positionThere is one vacant Board of Director non-officer position available on the TCBA Board of Directors commencing on June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018.  If you are interested in that position, please send a Letter of Interest and your Bio/CV to tcba.info@nullgmail.com by May 5, 2017.
2017 TCBA Law Day Speech ContestTCBA LAW DAY SPEECH CONTEST Sponsored by the Thurston County Bar Association and the West Olympia Rotary. This year’s topic is, in your opinion, what is the most appropriate legal, social and moral response to addressing the delicate balance of protecting our law enforcement officers and, at the same time, the rights of our citizens, during police/citizen interactions and confrontations.  ... Read More
Washington State Supreme Court Judicial Forum on October 18Hear the Candidates and Ask Your Questions at the Washington State Supreme Court Judicial Forum on October 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympia Center. Justice, Position 1 David DeWolf Mary Yu Justice, Position 5 Barbara Madsen Greg Zempel Justice, Position 6 Dave Larson Charlie Wiggins Please see the flyer attached for more information. If you would like to ask ... Read More
2016 Law Day FinalistsOn May 3, we had the Finals for the 2016 Law Day speech contest at the Viewpoint Room at the West Bay Marina.  We were hosted by the West Olympia Rotary who, as always, provided an enthusiastic and supportive audience for our student presenters.  This year’s topic focused on the issue of admitting refugees into the United States.  Ripped from ... Read More
2016 Annual Meeting & DinnerFriday, May 13, 2016 was an eventful evening for the TCBA at the Indian Summer Golf & Country Club!  During the Business meeting there were By-Law changes adopted, a new Executive team was accepted for the Board of Directors, and a Financial Review was provided. The evening started with delicious appetizers and music by The Oly Mountain Boys who play ... Read More
2016 Law Day Speech Contest2016 Law Day Speech Contest Sponsored by the Thurston County Bar Association and the West Olympia Rotary. This year’s topic is, in your opinion, what is the most appropriate legal, social, and moral response to the issue of admitting refugees into the United States? From Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war to Central Americans escaping their countries’ drug wars, the ... Read More
Local Hero AwardThis year the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Local Hero Award will be presented during the upcoming WSBA Board of Governors meeting at the Red Lion in Olympia.  The meeting will be held Thursday, March 10, 2015.  WSBA President  William D. Hyslop will present the Local Hero Award, and we need to select a recipient. The TCBA is seeking nominations ... Read More
2015 Annual Meeting & DinnerFriday, May 15, 2015 was an eventful evening for the TCBA at the Indian Summer Golf & Country Club.  During the Business meeting there were by-law changes adopted, a new Executive team was accepted for the Board of Directors, and a Financial Review was provided. The evening started with music by The Oly Mountain Boys who play bluegrass with high-energy drive ... Read More
2015 Judicial Evaluation Survey Results2015 JUDICIAL EVALUATION SURVEY RESULTS  A total of 465 surveys were emailed out to TCBA members and a total of 47 questionnaires were returned, representing 10.1 percent of the TCBA membership. Responses were tabulated and an average rating for all respondents was calculated. Only ratings between 1 and 5 were included; “Don’t Know” and items not rated were excluded when calculating the ... Read More
2015 Law Day Speech Contest2015 Law Day Speech Contest On May 5, we had the Finals for the 2015 Law Day speech contest at the Viewpoint Room at the West Bay Marina.  We were hosted by the West Olympia Rotary who, as always, provided a warm crowd for our student presenters.  This year’s topic focused on the issue of immigration.  We asked the students ... Read More
WSBA Local Hero AwardThis year the WSBA Local Hero Award will be presented during the upcoming WSBA Board of Governors meeting at the Red Lion in Olympia.  The meeting will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015.  WSBA President Anthony Gipe will present the Local Hero Award, and we need to select a recipient.  The TCBA is seeking nominations for the selection of our ... Read More
TCBA will participate in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family programThe Thurston County Bar Association will participate in the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. If you would like to sponsor a  family, please email TCBA Administrative Assistant Heather Ligtenberg at tcba.info@nullgmail.com with your information and request for a family. The families are categorized as Small (one to three persons), Medium (four to five persons), and Large (six or more persons). Please let Heather know as soon as possible ... Read More
United Way Day of CaringThank You to the TCBA members that volunteered for the Day of Caring on September 26, 2014; Toni Hood, Paul Battan, Shirley Battan, Brian Brault, Allen Miller, Sara Kirry, Chris Medrzycki, Judge Schaller, Judge Wickham, Judge Buckley, Judge Meyer, Terry Church, Harriet Strasberg, Elizabeth Petrich, Katherine Davis-Delaney, Nancy Wright, Teresa Fisher, Theresa Ewing, Darren Nienaber, Trevor Zandell, and Heather Ligtenberg!  The ... Read More
Judicial Appointment Bar PollThurston County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Bar Poll The Thurston County Bar Association is releasing the results from a recent Judicial Appointments Bar Poll. The purpose of this poll is to express the preference of our members for the next judicial appointment to the Thurston County Superior Court. Pursuant to our By-laws, four attorneys requested to be included in our ... Read More
Community InvolvementOn September 27, 2013, a team of TCBA members participated in the United Way of Thurston County’s 21st Annual Day of Caring. This year the TCBA team was paired with the Nisqually Land Trust. Team participants included: Paul Battan, Brian Brault, Judge Brett Buckley, Crystal Champion, Cece Clynch, Kimberly Ellwanger, Larry Hoffman, Darren Nienaber, Elizabeth Petrich, Judge Kalo Wilcox and Trevor ... Read More
Law Day Speech ContestThe Thurston County Bar Association (TCBA) and the West Olympia Rotary co-sponsor a Law Day Speech Contest each year for Thurston County high school students. The TCBA board members select a current legal topic and create a factual scenario for the students to research and create a 5-7 minute speech that is first heard by members of the TCBA Board ... Read More
Holiday LunchThe 2013 Annual Holiday Lunch was a great success this year! Thank you to all who attended to help make this such a wonderful event and thank you to Indian Summer for providing a very festive environment! This year the TCBA also supported the Salvation Army’s, Adopt-a-Family Program. As an association we were able to adopt 31 families in less fortunate ... Read More
2013 Annual DinnerThank you to all TCBA members who made this year’s annual dinner a huge success!               We returned to Indian Summer Golf & Country Club this year and as you can see we had a packed house, 94 members and spouses attended…. We  completed the business portion (voting on by-law changes and Board member ... Read More
CLE PhotosThe TCBA would like to share photos and comments that have been taken at recent events. We hope you enjoy! WA State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers portraying James Madison Member Comments for “Conversations with the Supremes”: “Justice Chambers’ role as James Madison brought Constitutional Law to a new level! Fabulous.” “Justice Wiggin’s presentation was especially helpful.” “Ethics portion was ... Read More
2013 Annual DinnerThank you to all TCBA members who made this year’s annual dinner a huge success! We returned to Indian Summer Golf & Country Club this year and as you can see we had a packed house, 94 members and spouses attended…. We  completed the business portion (voting on by-law changes and Board member slate) and then we had a change ... Read More
Effective Negotiations- A View from the Bench By Judge Lisa L. SuttonFamily law matters are best resolved by the parties themselves.  If a matter is not resolved before trial, the parties give up control over the outcome. In contested family law cases, Thurston County Family & Juvenile Court offers the parties a settlement conference lasting one hour.  Settlement conferences are conducted by a judicial officer at no cost to the parties.  ... Read More
September Update from TC Clerk’s Office by Yvonne L. PettusThere is a chill in the morning air which means summer must be nearing an end.  Where does the time go? It’s hard to believe that I joined this group almost a year ago. It has been a pleasure to work on new projects and to get to know all of you during the process. LEGISLATIVE CHANGES I would like ... Read More
Update from the Thurston County Clerk’s OfficeGoing Paperless…? On March 18, our office made an exciting announcement that, effective April 1, 2013, we would no longer have paper files at the Family & Juvenile Court. As many of you have witnessed, we have been making the transition to paperless files for quite some time. We began imaging all of our documents in 1999, in preparation of ... Read More
A View From the Bench by Judge Carol MurphyChange is hard.  For many of us, the prospect of a different way of doing things, a break from that with which we are comfortable, is difficult.  Thurston County Superior and District Courts are undergoing change.  Some changes are being thrust upon us because of required changing technology, and some changes are the result of attempts to improve the effectiveness ... Read More
A View From the Bench by Commissioner Indu ThomasSince 1961, May 1st has been celebrated as Law Day, a national day to celebrate the rule of law.  Law Day programs are designed to help people understand how the law keeps us free and how the legal system strives to achieve justice.  As you consider whether you are going to join in the Law Day festivities this year, I ... Read More
A View From the Bench by Judge Anne HirschIn deciding on an appropriate and interesting for this article the term CHANGE immediately came to mind.  So sitting at home on a cold and quiet afternoon away from court, I checked Webster.com for some guidance and this is some of what I found.  First, CHANGE can be a noun or a verb, and the transitive verb is defined as ... Read More
TC Accountability & Restitution Center (ARC)UPDATE:  The ARC is now scheduled for opening June/July 2013 On October 30, 2012, about twenty intrepid TCBA members went on a tour of the new Accountability and Restitution Center (ARC) which will replace the existing Thurston County Jail in early 2013.  The existing jail has been plagued with space and functionality issues for many years.   The ARC (not “the ... Read More
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