JUDGE ANNE HIRSCH

Judge Anne Hirsch was first elected to the Thurston County Superior Court in 2006 and currently serves as a Criminal Presiding Judge. In the past Judge Hirsch has served as a general jurisdiction trial Judge, Family Recovery Court Judge and Presiding Judge at Family and Juvenile Court.

Judge Hirsch was an original member of the Advisory Committee that created the programs at Thurston County's Family and Juvenile Court and has spent years working on issues of concern to families and children. She has participated as a trainer and student in many national, regional and local trainings related to domestic violence, family and dependency law, and drug court, among other issues.  Judge Hirsch was recently appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Superior Court Judge's Association's Family and Juvenile Law Committee. She is a member of and serves as a facilitator for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She was previously the Chair of the Washington State Foster Care Commission's Best Practices Workgroup. 

Prior to becoming a Judge, Judge Hirsch served as  part-time Family and Juvenile Law Commissioner for over 14 years.  Judge Hirsch maintained a private law practice prior to and during the time she served as a Court Commissioner, including 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 low income families needing legal assistance.

Over the years, Judge Hirsch has participated as a trainer and volunteer for various community and law related projects, including many years as a weekly instructor for Capital High School students in their Street Law class. Judge Hirsch also has served on local community boards including the Thurston County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the Thurston County Bar Association, Friends of the Olympia Farmer's Market, the Child Care Action Council, 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.