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CTM features and supports Seeds of Change – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

CTM FEATURES AND SUPPORTS SEEDS OF CHANGE A small but highly successful project in Thurston County’s juvenile justice program involves teens (they are being sentenced for crimes) getting involved in a garden on site at the juvenile detention center. The garden has grown with participation of more teens and through the generosity of community donors. A notable net result is fewer teens needing to spend sentences in the detention center. “Graduates” of the program often return on their own time to continue their work. CTM has followed the progress of this project and has contributed funds and featured the garden in its annual holiday card. To learn more

CTM Pays Off Local School Lunch Debts – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

CTM PAYS OFF LOCAL SCHOOL LUNCH DEBTS The cost of school lunches and the problem of what to do with the debt that districts often incur have become national concerns. Following a viral news story about a school district that sent the families of children behind on their school lunch debt to collections, the attorneys at CTM decided to be a part of the solution. In November of 2018, attorney Jonathan Sprouffske took time out of his day to reach out to three schools here in Thurston County to inquire about the status of school lunch debt. What he learned is that this is a problem without a simple solution. School boards don’t want needy families to face legal penalties and they don’t want children to go hungry simply because their families have fallen on hard times. School staff, volunteers, and even elected officials spend valuable time struggling to reach a decision about how best to address the issue. In an effort to reduce the burden for at least some Thurston County schools, Connolly Tacon and Meserve paid off the school lunch debt at McLane Elementary, LP Brown Elementary, and the entire Rainier School District. The gesture seemed simple, but the results were overwhelming. Everyone from parents to school lunch workers expressed their appreciation and KIRO 7 News decided to run a story about the donation. The link to that story is here:

Perlman Presents at Guardian ad Litem Training 2nd Pilot in Spokane County – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

PERLMAN PRESENTS AT GUARDIAN AD LITEM TRAINING 2ND PILOT IN SPOKANE COUNTY After her years of work on the executive committee with the Administrative Offices of the Court, National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Battered Women’s Justice Project, local and national stakeholders, and other experts, Amy Perlman helped create the Washington State Guardian ad Litem training curriculum after a statewide initiative to improve Guardian ad Litem and judicial officer training so that outcomes for families could be safe, healing, fair, and sustainable. The pilot training occurred over three days in Thurston County in March 2018 and the 2nd Pilot occurred in Spokane County on November 5 – 8, 2018 where Amy co-presented on Washington Courts: A Survey of the System, What it Means to be a GAL, Scope of the GAL Appointment, Understanding the Pleadings, Framing the Issues and Making a Plan for Gathering Information, Obtaining Information, Synthesis and Analysis, and Report

2018 Washington State Super Lawyers – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

2018 WASHINGTON STATE SUPER LAWYERS Connolly Tacon & Meserve is proud to announce that five of our attorneys were selected to the 2018 Washington State Super Lawyers list! Christina Meserve – 14th year Avelin Tacon – 13th year Kevin Meserve – 1st year as a Rising Star Amy L. Perlman – 1st year as a Rising Star Jonathan Sprouffske – 1st year as a Rising Star The nomination as a Super Lawyer or Rising Star (for lawyers under 40, or in practice less than 10 years) is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5% of lawyers in Washington state are selected as a Super Lawyer and only 2.5% of lawyers are selected as Rising

CTM Helps Launch Guardian Ad Litem Training – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

CTM HELPS LAUNCH GUARDIAN AD LITEM TRAINING Between November 2016 and March 2018, Amy Perlman participated in the development of a guardian ad litem curriculum and training program in conjunction with the Superior Court Judges Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court judges. The pilot training was launched in Thurston County over four days during the first week of March. Amy participated all four days and led the discussions on what it means to be a guardian ad litem, the collection of information, analysis of facts and data, report writing, personal safety and well-being and ethics and professional conduct. Amy was the only local attorney to serve on this important committee. Two other attorneys in the firm, Chuck Szurszewski and Chris Meserve, presented during portions of the