JUDGE CHRISTINE SCHALLER

Judge Christine Schaller was elected to the Thurston County Superior Court in 2012 and began her service in January 2013. She currently serves at Family and Juvenile Court hearing family law settlement conferences and trials, as well as relocation matters and motions to revise.  Judge Schaller also hears dependency cases.

Immediately prior to her election, Judge Schaller served for almost eight years as a Family and Juvenile Court Commissioner for Thurston County Superior Court.  While Court Commissioner, she presided over: pretrial family law matters;  parenting plan and child support modifications;  domestic violence, unlawful harassment, vulnerable adult and sexual assault protection orders; juvenile offender matters; youth at risk and truancy cases; Family Treatment Court; Dependency Treatment Court and Juvenile Drug Court.  In 2009, then Comm. Schaller was named “Jurist of the Year” by the Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section.

After graduating from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1996, Judge Schaller began her legal career as an associate attorney at the Olympia law firm Foster, Foster and Schaller.  Her practice areas focused on family and juvenile law, criminal defense and estate planning and probate.  She became a partner with the firm in 2000.

 Judge Schaller has been actively involved in this community.  She has served in leadership roles with the Thurston County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers Capitol Chapter and Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services.  In the greater Thurston County community she has served on community boards including the Child Care Action Council, St. Martin’s College Alumni Board and United Community Aids Network.  She is also active with the Thurston County Relay for Life as both a participant and a previous team captain.  Judge Schaller especially enjoys opportunities to work with youth by volunteering as a Judge for the YMCA annual Mock Trial Competition and speaking to students on Law Day or with Street Law classes.