Community Service Recognition
Pierce County is filled with attorneys who help needy clients without any expectation of pay; who teach classes on legal principles just for the satisfaction of helping others understand the legal system; who help children navigate the confusing and terrifying world of the courts solely because they care about children.
The Community Service Awards was created for two reasons: First, to say thank you to those attorneys who are using their legal skills in their personal time to help make Pierce County better. These attorneys are helping our community grow stronger. Through their efforts, our citizens are better understanding the legal system and better able to assert their rights.
The second goal of the awards is to spread the word of what our colleagues are doing with their pro bono and community service efforts. Perhaps these attorneys’ actions will inspire others.
The committee solicits nominations from bar members and present them to the President for evaluation and discussion. The President makes the final choices with input from the committee.
To nominate an individual for a TPCBA Community Service Award, please submit this form and any additional materials as described below to Amanda Searle, Chair, Community Service Awards Recognition Committee, by November 1, 2019.
The 2018 Community Service Award Recipients
Award designated for a TPCBA member who, through his or her legal work, changes lives for the better in our community.
Recipient: Julian M. Bray and Todd H. Carlisle
Service: For years of dedication and service in changing lives for the better in our community and beyond.
Service to the Legal Profession
Award designated for a TPCBA member(s) who provides outstanding service to furthering the goals of the legal profession and promoting the ideal of professionalism.
Recipient: Stephen L. Bulzomi
Service: For exemplary service furthering the goals of the legal profession and promoting the ideals of professionalism.
Award designated for a TPCBA member who volunteers his or her time, either in a legal or non-legal capacity, to improve the circumstances of others.
Recipient: Matthew J. Wurdeman
Service: For exemplary service as a TPCBA member who volunteers time in both the legal and non-legal community to improve the circumstances of others.
Service to Diversity
Award designated for a TPCBA member who works tirelessly to promote and encourage diversity within the legal profession, in the community or among their peers.
Recipient: Judge G. Helen Whitener
Service: For dedicated commitment to enhancing and promoting diversity within the legal profession and the Pierce County community.
Award designated for an exemplary jurist who has significantly served or improved the community, whether through his or her work, or through his or her volunteerism.
Recipient: Commissioner Meagan M. Foley, Ret.
Service: For years of dedication to improving the Pierce County legal community through education and community service.
Award designated for a group or association, not primarily lawyers, whose contributions have, over time, had a significant favorable impact on some aspect of the legal system.
Recipient: STOP (Social Treatment Opportunity Programs)
Service: For exemplary service whose contributions have, over time, had a significant positive impact on the legal and local Pierce County community.
Service to the TPCBA
Award designated for a volunteer who has provided outstanding service to our bar association.
Recipient: Lisa A. Kremer
Service: For exemplary service to the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.
Service to Legal Education
Award designated for an attorney or educator who has provided excellent education to others – whether the public, or students, or another group, in explaining the legal system.
Recipient: Judge Jack F. Nevin
Service: For exemplary work in providing excellent education to others and explaining the legal system in Pierce County.