JUDGE ANNE HIRSCH

Judge Anne Hirsch was first elected to the Thurston County Superior Court in 2006, after serving over 14 years as a part time Family and Juvenile Court Commissioner.  Prior to, and during much of the time she served as a court commissioner, Judge Hirsch maintained a private law practice, which included work as a mediator and guardian ad litem.  Before opening her private practice, Judge Hirsch worked for many years as a legal services attorney, representing senior citizens and low income families needing civil legal assistance.

Judge Hirsch was an original member of the Advisory Committee that created the programs at Thurston County's Family and Juvenile Court.  Judge Hirsch currently is the Presiding Judge at Family and Juvenile Court and also presides over Family Recovery Court. 

Over the years, Judge Hirsch has participated as a trainer and volunteer for many community projects, including as an instructor with Capital High School students in the Street Law class.  She graduated from National Judicial College, and serves on the Family and Juvenile Law Committee of the Superior Court Judges Association.  Judge Hirsch was the Chair of the Foster Care Commission's Best Practices Workgroup and has participated in national and state training on issues of concern to families and children.  She has served on local community boards including the Thurston County Bar Association, Friends of the Olympia Farmer's Market, the Child Care Action Council, the Thurston County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and the Lincoln-Options Site Council.  Judge Hirsch was a founding Board member of Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services and currently is the President of the Board of Directors of the Thurston County Food Bank.