Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Friday, November 16, 2007 at 4:00 p.m., Worthington
Sally Harrison, Director of the Thurston County Office of Assigned
Counsel, will speak on indigent criminal defense. Admission to the
lecture is free and open to the public.
Harrison has been an attorney for 30 years. A graduate of Suffolk
University Law School, she began her career as an attorney for
prisoners at Washington’s maximum security prison in Walla Walla. In
1991, she was hired by Thurston County as the director of a new
county agency — the Office of Assigned Counsel. The office provides
criminal defense representation to indigent people in Superior
Court, District Court and Juvenile Court, and provides
representation for mentally ill offenders in civil hearings and in
Mental Health Court. Under Harrison’s direction, the Office of
Assigned Counsel is currently establishing an in-house program for
parents’ representation in dependency and termination cases at
Family and Juvenile Court.
Harrison is past president of the Thurston County Bar Association.
She helped lead the development of the Thurston County Drug Court
program and remains an active supporter of that program. Harrison
also participates on committees that impact the criminal justice
system in Thurston County and manages grants provided by Washington