Judge Chris Wickham was first elected to
Superior Court in 2004. Immediately prior to his election, he had served
for 13 years as the Family Court Commissioner for Thurston County Superior
Court. In 1999, the court became a Unified Family Court and so his
assignment included family and juvenile law cases. As Commissioner, Judge
Wickham helped develop programs at Superior Court including the Unified Family
Court, the Courthouse Facilitator program and Family Treatment Court. He
has been the chair of the 2003 and 2004 Domestic Violence Summits for Thurston
County. He currently serves as Presiding Judge for Thurston County
He is the past chair of the Certified
Professional Guardian Board for the State of Washington and the past chair of
the Superior Court Judges Association Probate and Guardianship Committee.
He is a long-time member of the Superior Court Judges Association Family and
Juvenile Law Committee. He is a co-chair of the Board of Judicial
Administration, a state-wide group that coordinates policy for all courts in the
State of Washington. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile
and Family Court Judges.
Judge Wickham is currently one of four
general jurisdiction trial judges in Thurston County Superior Court.
Judge Wickham had a general legal practice in Olympia.
He had previously worked as a labor law attorney in California and as a legal
services attorney in Connecticut and Olympia. Judge Wickham is admitted to
practice law in California, Connecticut and Washington. A native of New
York State, he has resided in Thurston County, Washington, since 1977.
Judge Wickham is a graduate of Cornell University and
Hastings College of Law. He serves on various law-related boards and
committees and as faculty for the Domestic Violence Institute, a joint
project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures
Without Violence. He has done extensive training in the
areas of family law and domestic violence.
In the greater Thurston County community, Judge Wickham has
served on boards of many community groups, including Senior Services, the
Dispute Resolution Center, the United Community Aids Network, Garden Raised
Bounty, the Griffin Neighborhood Association and Capitol Land Trust. He is a member of West
Judge Wickham enjoys his family, sailing, cycling, running,
reading and traveling.