Thurston County District Court Judge Brett Buckley was recently named the Washington State Bar Association’s 2019 Outstanding Judge, an accolade he said is a reflection of his court’s dedication of improving the lives of the citizens of Thurston County.
“I am proud to contribute to and be a member of an organization that has a laser focus on its mission of ‘Serving Justice through Serving People,’” Buckley said in a press release. “That mission statement served as an impetus for our procedural justice initiative … Willingness to be open to such scrutiny can only serve to increase the trust our community has in our justice system.”
Although the award is titled “Outstanding Judge,” Buckley sees the honor as a reflection of the entire court and the work they do every day to improve the lives of the citizens of Thurston County.
“We recently created a program we call our Court in Schools initiative where we schedule actual small claims calendars in Thurston County high schools. The aim is to expose students to real time learning in how the judicial branch of our government operates,” said Buckley. “On a related front, the court is also working to create the ability to live stream all its proceedings. The public is better served when the people doing the public’s work do so in the most transparent manner possible.”
This is the second time the honor has gone to a Thurston County judge, Buckley said. According to a press release, the award is apart of the Bar Association's “Acknowledging Professional Excellence” awards.
“This reflects well on our community that lawyers throughout the state value the creativity and forward thinking of the courts of Thurston County,” Buckley said.
The Washington State Bar Association is the state’s leading regulatory agency of the bar admissions process. It also licenses the states nearly 40,000 lawyers and legal professionals.