New & Young Lawyer Monthly Meeting moved to July 12th

We are going to be moving the monthly meeting for July to July 12, 2022. The previous schedule has the meeting set for the 5th of July; however, many of the attending members will be out of town and my office, EPIC, is going to be closed that day.

This is a one-time change. After July, the meetings will go back to the first Tuesday of each month.


PRESS RELEASE May 23, 2022 Pierce County Superior Court New Commissioner Hired

May 23, 2022


Pierce County Superior Court is pleased to announce that Doris Walkins has accepted an offer to become our newest Commissioners starting in June of 2022. Commissioner Walkins is filling the 10th Commissioner position that was approved by the Pierce County Council in the 2022-2023 Biennial Budget.  Commissioner Walkins’ official swearing-in will occur on June 6th.  The date for her public ceremony will be announced later.  She will attend judicial college in January of 2023.

About Commissioner Doris Walkins:

Ms. Walkins (she/her) is a graduate of the University of Washington, Tacoma (2002) and Seattle University School of Law (2006). She sat for and passed the Summer 2006 Washington State Bar Exam and started her solo practice law firm, Doris M. Walkins, Attorney at Law, PLLC, in November 2006.

Ms. Walkins has dedicated her practice to family law, dependency/termination defense, adoptions, estate planning and misdemeanor criminal defense, while also providing a variety of other services as requested. Ms. Walkins also served as a Title 26 guardian ad litem from 2008-2021. She has served as a pro tem commissioner since March 2021.

Ms. Walkins is a member of the United States District Court, Western District of Washington Federal Bar (2009) and Puyallup Tribal Court Bar (2008). She passed the 2014 NFLPA Certified Agents’ exam and became a certified NFLPA agent, spending time advising NFL hopefuls until 2016.

Prior to starting her law practice, she was an advocate for women and children at the YWCA of Tacoma and Pierce County’s Women’s Support Shelter, and Noel House, Women’s Emergency Shelter. Ms. Walkins has also served as Secretary of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association for over two years.

About Pierce County Superior Court:

Pierce County Superior Court is the second largest Superior Court in the State of Washington and is proud to serve the citizens and visitors of Pierce County.  The Court is staffed with 23 Judges and 10 Commissioners.  There are three sites where court is held; the County-City Building at 930 Tacoma Ave S., Tacoma, Remann Hall Juvenile Court at 5501 6th Ave., Tacoma, and Western State Hospital currently located near the County City Building campus.  For more information, please visit our website at

Media Contact:
Chris Gaddis, Superior Court Administrator

Interested in serving as a pro tem judge or in brushing up on your skills? Hands-on training Friday, May 13, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Thurston County District Court is offering an in-person, hands-on training session on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM. This session will be open to all current TCDC pro tem judges, as well as any applicants interested in joining us. The session will introduce the policies and procedures of serving as a pro tem, as well as training in LaserFiche, JABS, and our other courtroom technology. Our judges and court operations/admin staff will be present to teach, answer questions, and walk you through the programs you’ll use in court.

As you have seen lately, we have frequent need for pro tem coverage. Our judges are very active in the community, which means that we often call on you for assistance. Lack of experience with electronic courtroom procedures can be a barrier to those interested in serving, so we encourage you to join us and build those skills! Please forward this to all who might be interested.

RSVP to me as early as possible! I will send out a calendar reminder to all who respond. This will be an in-person session from 3-5 PM. Masks are not required per court policy, but we encourage attendees to choose what makes them most comfortable. Please reach out with any questions.

Thank you,
Elizabeth Ingersoll
Judicial Assistant
Serving Justice Through Serving People