Thurston County District Court Judges: Judge Buckley, Judge Meyer, Judge Wilcox and Commissioner Wohl
Judge BuckleyJudge Brett Buckley
Judge Buckley is currently Presiding Judge at Thurston County District Court. He also serves as presiding judge for Thurston County Mental Health Court and Thurston County Veterans Court. He was a faculty member of the Washington State Judicial College. He was a two-term member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association (DMCJA) Board and is former chair of the DMCJA Legislative Committee. He served as a member of the Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) Court Security Committee and served on the Thurston County Domestic Violence Judicial Task Force as well as having served as co-chair of the Thurston County Court Security Committee.

Judge Buckley is a Commandant’s List graduate of the Judge Advocate General’s School and has served as Trial and Senior Defense Counsel in the US Army. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Bowdoin College, and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law.

Brett Buckley was selected as “2008 Judge of the Year” by the Misdemeanant Corrections Association. He received the President’s Award from DMCJA in 2009.


Judge MeyerJudge Sam Meyer
Sam Meyer was first elected to the bench in November of 2008 and re-elected in 2010. Judge Meyer, a fourth generation resident of Thurston County, graduated from Olympia High school in 1980.
Judge Meyer completed his undergraduate work at Seattle University in 1984 and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 1995.

Judge Meyer worked as a law clerk for Justice Gerry Alexander at the Washington State Supreme Court for one year and from 1996 through 2004 maintained a private practice of law in which he handled all manner of cases. From January of 2005 until election to the bench, Judge Meyer was a defense attorney at the Thurston County Office of Assigned Counsel. Judge Meyer is currently serving as the chair of the legislative committee and president-elect for the District and Municipal Court Judges Association.


Judge MeyerJudge Kalo Wilcox

Judge Kalo Wilcox’s legal career has always been in public service. She served as a Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Olympia, as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with both the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Judge Wilcox teaches “Street Law” at Tumwater High School, serves on the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Board, and the Thurston County Food Bank Board.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Wilcox served as President of the Thurston County Bar Association. In 2010, Judge Wilcox was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys.

Judge Wilcox was first elected to the District Court bench in 2010 and then reelected in 2014. Judge Wilcox received her Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1990. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Puget Sound in 1986.


Judge MeyerCommissioner Paul Wohl
Paul Wohl was appointed as Court Commissioner to the Thurston County District Court bench by the judges of the District Court in August of 2013.

Before his appointment, Commissioner Wohl practiced law in Thurston, Pierce and King Counties for 22 years. Commissioner Wohl was a Prosecutor for the City of Olympia for 14 years. He has also served as a deputy prosecutor with the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and was the Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Federal Way. He began his career as a public defender in King County.

Commissioner Wohl received his law degree from the Seattle University School of Law in 1991. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Washington, receiving a BA in 1988, and was commissioned as an officer in the U. S. Army. Commissioner Wohl served on the board of directors of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, and received that organization’s Outstanding Service award. Since 2015, he has served as a member of the Board of Judicial Administration’s Public Trust and Confidence Committee.