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
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.