Judges

 
     
Judge Buckley photo Brett Buckley is currently Presiding Judge at Thurston County District Court. He also serves as presiding judge for Thurston County Mental Health Court and Thurston County Veterans Court. He is a faculty member of the Washington State Judicial College. He was a two-term member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association (DMCJA) Board and is former chair of the DMCJA Legislative Committee. He served as a member of the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) Court Security Committee and serves on the Thurston County Domestic Violence Judicial Task Force as well as serving as co-chair of the Thurston County Court Security Committee.

Judge Buckley is a Commandant’s List graduate of the Judge Advocate General’s School and has served as Trial and Senior Defense Counsel in the US Army. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Bowdoin College, and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law.

Brett Buckley was selected as “2008 Judge of the Year” by the Misdemeanant Corrections Association. He received the President’s Award from DMCJA in 2009.
 

Judge Meyer photo Sam Meyer was first elected to the bench in November of 2008 and re-elected in 2010. Judge Meyer, a fourth generation resident of Thurston County, graduated from Olympia High school in 1980.

Judge Meyer completed his undergraduate work at Seattle University graduating in 1984. Judge Meyer received his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1995.

Judge Meyer worked as a law clerk for Justice Gerry Alexander at the Washington State Supreme Court for one year and from 1996 through 2004 Judge Meyer maintained a private practice of law in which he handled all manner of cases. From January of 2005 until election to the bench, Judge Meyer was a defense attorney at the Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel. Judge Meyer is currently serving as the chair of the legislative committee for the District and Municipal Court Judges Association.
 

Judge Wilcox photo Kalo Wilcox is the most recent addition to the Thurston County District Court bench. She was elected in November 2010.

Prior to taking the bench in January of 2011, Judge Wilcox served the City of Olympia as a Prosecuting Attorney since 1998. Judge Wilcox’s legal career has been in public service. She has served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Judge Wilcox received her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1990. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Puget Sound in 1986.

Judge Wilcox served on the board of the Thurston County Bar Association for 6 years, ending her tenure in 2010 as President of the Thurston County Bar Association. In 2010, Judge Wilcox was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.

   
   
Commissioner Wohl photo Paul Wohl was appointed as Court Commissioner to the Thurston County District Court bench by the judges of the District Court in August of 2013.

Before his appointment, Commissioner Wohl practiced law in Thurston, Pierce and King Counties for 22 years. Commissioner Wohl was a Prosecutor for the City of Olympia for 14 years. He has also served as a deputy prosecutor with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, and was the Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Federal Way. He began his career as a public defender in King County.

Commissioner Wohl received his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1991. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Washington, receiving a BA in 1988, and was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Army. Commissioner Wohl served on the board of directors of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, and received that organization's Outstanding Service award.