Saint Martin’s Harvie Social Justice Lecture will highlight county’s juvenile justice program

April 7, 2011

LACEY, WASHINGTON — Court Commissioner Christine Schaller of Thurston County Superior Court will speak on the issue of juvenile justice Friday, April 15, as part of the Saint Martin’s University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series. Commissioner Schaller’s lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in Harned Hall, Room 110, on the University’s Lacey campus. All Harvie Lecture Series events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Schaller handles cases involving juvenile offenders, at-risk youth, truancy and the county’s Juvenile Drug Court, among others. Thurston County was the first county in Washington state to unify all family and juvenile operations in a single facility, separate from other Superior Court operations. In her lecture, Commissioner Schaller will explain how the county’s Juvenile Drug Court works, as well as other juvenile justice issues. She also plans to discuss the impact of budget cuts on the juvenile justice system.

Schaller has been a court commissioner with Thurston County Superior Court since February 2005. Aside from juvenile cases, she also handles state child support enforcement and paternity matters with the Court. She conducts settlement conferences for divorce, child custody, paternity and child support matters, as well as juvenile offender trials. From February 2005 to February 2009, she handled pretrial matters in Family Treatment Court for child custody, parenting plan modifications, relocations and child support, domestic violence, unlawful harassment, vulnerable adult and sexual assault protection orders. Previously, Schaller was a family law and criminal defense attorney for the Olympia law firm of Foster, Foster & Schaller, LLC.

A graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, Schaller was honored as a Jurist of the Year in 2009 by the Washington State Bar Association Family Law Section. She is a 1993 graduate of Saint Martin’s, holding a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. While at Saint Martin’s, Schaller was a member of the Society of Fellows, served as student body secretary for two years and graduated magna cum laude.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., 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 Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chairman of the University’s department of criminal justice.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-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 extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at
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