Social justice lecture to focus on indigent criminal defense
Saint Martin’s University hosts director of the Office of Assigned Counsel
November 8, 2007
Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University will host the second
lecture of the 2007-08 Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series on
Friday, Nov. 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference
Center. 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 State.
The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Dr.
Robert Hauhart, associate professor of criminal justice at Saint
Martin’s University, to raise awareness of social justice issues within
the community and to honor the work of Dr. Harvie, former professor and
chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at Saint Martin’s.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic,
coeducational university located on a 320-acre wooded campus in Lacey,
Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict,
the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the
United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through
its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts,
business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250
students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus,
and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army
Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College and
Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate professor/chair, Department of
Humanities & Social Sciences Divisions