Unlawful Detainer Bench-Bar Meeting on July 27UNLAWFUL DETAINER BENCH-BAR MEETING on July 27, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Thurston County Superior Court 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building Two, Olympia, WA 98502 Please send agenda items by 7/19 to zinnr@nullco.thurston.wa.us
Thomas J. Taylor is retiring July 13, 2018NOTICE OF RETIREMENT THOMAS J. TAYLOR announces his RETIREMENT from 45 years in the practice of law (40 yrs. in private practice), effective July 13, 2018.  The law firm of Taylor Law Group, PS, will also close on that date.  It has been a challenging and consuming experience but more so, an exciting and satisfying adventure. I want to thank ... Read More
Attorney Training for Service as Pro Tem Judge on August 24-25, 2018Dear SCJA E&F Members, In addition to supporting SCJA E&F Committee, I also support the DMCJA’s Diversity Committee. The Committee organizes a bi-annual pro tem training that is meant to support and empower attorneys from diverse backgrounds to consider positions on the bench. Please see the flyer and email below about the upcoming Pro Tem training. Please feel free to share ... Read More
Thurston County Superior Court Local Court Rules – Comment PeriodDear TCBA Members, Each year, the Thurston County Superior Court reviews its local rules to determine whether changes are needed.  The Board of Judges approved several amendments to the local rules, subject to public comments.  You can find the proposed amended rules on the Table of Contents and can review them by looking on the Thurston County Superior Court website, http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/superior/local-court-rules.htm. ... Read More
The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court membership opportunityPlease see the information and application/nomination form here from Justice Stephens regarding a membership opportunity to The Honorable Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court.
TCBA Seeking Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Section ChairThe TCBA is seeking a Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Section Chair. The Section Chair duties include: Organize and conduct monthly section meetings Organize at least 1 CLE each year Email Heather a brief summary each month of what the section has been discussing at meetings, any upcoming CLEs, etc. Please let Heather know at tcba.info@nullgmail.com if you ... Read More
2018 Law Day Speech ContestThe TCBA held the preliminary round of the TCBA Law Day Speech Scholarship Contest for high school students on April 12, 2018, at the main campus of the Thurston County Courthouse.  The topic involved addressing the balance between the First Amendment and so-called hate speech. We had an excellent turnout of 18 students from five different Thurston County High Schools. ... Read More
Quality office space availableQuality office space for one attorney and possible additional space for one staff person within large law office building currently occupied by several experienced attorneys in different areas of practice. Location 914 7th Ave. SE. Receptionist included. Prefer attorney with an established business and real estate practice. $750.00 for one office, cost to be determined if additional staff office required. Contact ... Read More
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
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