Judge Anne Hirsch was first elected to the Thurston County Superior Court in 2006 and currently serves at Family Juvenile Court including presiding over Family Recovery Court. Previously Judge Hirsch has served as a Criminal Presiding Judge, Trial Judge, and Presiding/Chief Judge at Family and Juvenile Court.
Judge Hirsch was an original member of the Advisory Committee that created the programs at Thurston County's Family and Juvenile Court and has spent years working on issues of concern to families and children. She has participated as a trainer and student in many national, regional and local trainings related to family, juvenile and dependency law, domestic violence and drug court, among other issues. Judge Hirsch served as the Chair of the Washington State Foster Care Commission's Best Practices Workgroup and as Co-Chair of the Superior Court Judge's Association's Family and Juvenile Law Committee.
Judge Hirsch is also a member of and serves as a facilitator for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). In her work with the NCJFCJ Judge Hirsch was a mentor Judge for the Family Court Enhancement Project and has served on several committees, including the Family Violence and Domestic Relations, Diversity, and Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Advisory Committees. Judge Hirsch worked with the NCJFCJ and other organizations on curriculum development for custody evaluators and recently helped to lead a multiyear, Washington statewide effort to improve and update guardian ad litem training. Judge Hirsch is spending the final years of her time on the bench as lead judge for the Court's "Dependency Transformation Project" a part of the NCJFCJ's model court program for making system wide improvements in child welfare cases.
Prior to joining the bench, Judge Hirsch was a part-time Family and Juvenile Law Commissioner for over 14 years. Judge Hirsch maintained a private law practice prior to and during the time she served as a Court Commissioner, including 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 low income families needing civil legal assistance. During that time and along with other local attorneys and advocates, Judge Hirsch was a founding Board member of the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services.
Over the years, Judge Hirsch volunteered and trained with various community and law related projects, including many years as a weekly instructor for Capital High School students in their Street Law class. Judge Hirsch also has served on local community boards including the Thurston County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the Thurston County Bar Association, Friends of the Olympia Farmer's Market, the Child Care Action Council, the Thurston County Food Bank and the Lincoln-Options Site Council.
Judicial Assistant: Yvonne Pier -
Email - 360-709-3247