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Sprouffske Re-Elected as Fire Commissioner – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

Sprouffske Re-Elected as Fire Commissioner Jonathan Sprouffske has been re-elected as Fire Commissioner for the SE Thurston Fire Authority. Jonathan has been active with SE Thurston Fire Authority, and its prior agencies, since 1999 and has personally witnessed the challenges facing this growing district. He has served as Commissioner since January 1, 2008, and served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners since 2012. Jonathan is excited to continue on serving the community that provided him so much support growing

Educating Lawyers – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

Educating Lawyers Chris Meserve and Chuck Szurszewski taught a class to lawyers on initial consultations with clients. The participants in the class were primarily attorneys for the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Clinic who provide free advice to low income residents of our

Dependency Transformation Meetings – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

News From: September, 2019 Dependency Transformation Meetings Attorneys Kevin Meserve and Amy Perlman offer their time at a significantly reduced hourly rate representing children who have been removed from abusive or neglectful households. This legal process, which focuses on providing services to families and working towards reunification, is known as “dependency.” Dependency cases are a top priority for the judges and staff at Thurston County Family and Juvenile Court. For this reason, the Dependency Transformation Team was created to identify new procedures for optimizing the dependency process. Kevin Meserve was a part of this team and, in June 2019, the court began to implement the decisions made by the Dependency Transformation Team. The Dependency court day moved from Friday to Wednesday in an effort to maximize attendance. Hearings were assigned a specific slot to reduce the amount of time parents and children spend in court. The process through which parent and youth attorneys provide the court with updates was standardized and notices regarding court hearings were updated to ensure clarity. The changes recommended by the Dependency Transformation Team have streamlined the process, ensuring those involved in the dependency process have more time to ensure that families are getting the services they need. September 16,

Perlman joins Board of Thurston County Bar Association – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

PERLMAN JOINS BOARD OF THURSTON COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION The Thurston County Bar Association has been organized for the following purposes: To enhance the working relationship among the members by providing opportunities through periodic meetings and social gatherings to establish contacts with each other. To provide opportunities for continuing legal education by periodically offering classes for the members on topics of professional growth and development. To provide information about the legal profession and the legal community to the local community through a Speaker’s Program, in which the TCBA membership provides, upon request, at a time mutually convenient and at no charge, an attorney or judge to speak to any school or community organization located in Thurston County. To assist nonprofit organizations that provide legal services to the general public for little or no cost, and to encourage its members to assist such nonprofit organizations through donations of time and money. To assist the voters in making informed choices about the candidates for judicial positions through the use of a Judicial Elections Bar Poll. To advocate for the interests of its members. Like so many current and prior attorneys from Connolly, Tacon & Meserve have in the past, including our most recent TCBA Board member, Leonard Lucenko, Amy will work hard with the Thurston County Bar Association to continue to achieve its

CTM sponsors the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

CTM SPONSORS THE THURSTON COUNTY VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES Connolly Tacon & Meserve was a Silver Sponsor of the annual fundraising breakfast of Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services. TCVLS, with a staff of three, manages do-it-yourself legal clinics in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. Volunteer lawyers provide free advice for low-income residents at regular legal clinics. Chris Meserve and Chuck Szurszewski attended the breakfast on May 7th on behalf of the

New Courthouse Committee Formed – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

NEW COURTHOUSE COMMITTEE FORMED Three of CTM’s lawyers are participating with of group of lawyers, judges and community members working together to plan and develop funding for a much needed new county courthouse and administrative office facility. The existing facility is no longer adequate to serve the needs of our county. Jonathan Sprouffske was on the initial planning committee and is now on a fundraising committee. Chuck Szurszewski and Chris Meserve are on a messaging (getting the word out) committee. The funding of this project will appear on the April 2020 ballot. To learn more

Egg My House – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

EGG MY HOUSE Our Connolly’s Crew Relay for Life Team is in the middle of our April fundraiser, appropriately named “Egg My House.” On April 14, volunteers filled over 1500 candy eggs that will be delivered to dozens of homes for children to find on Easter morning. Although “Egg My House” isn’t Connolly’s Crew largest fundraiser, our team has a lot of fun with it. Crew members always come back with great stories about the egg-hiding process in our community’s

The Toast for the Dispute Resolution Center – Connolly Tacon & Meserve, Attorneys At Law

THE TOAST FOR THE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER Chris Meserve and Chuck Szurszewski attended the annual Toast for the DRC, the Center’s annual fundraiser. Hundreds of donors gathered at Hotel RL to hear from volunteers and this year’s recipient of the Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award. Meserve and Szurszewski joined the table hosted by Thurston County volunteer Legal Services, which provides free legal work for low-income individuals in our