News From: September, 2012

CTM Attorneys Attend Domestic Violence Training

On October 1, 2012, CTM attorneys Nate Korokrax, Lenny Lucenko, Chuck Szurszewski and Chris Meserve attended a full-day conference presented by Thurston County Superior Court. The program, "Enhancing a Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence" was geared toward attorneys, law enforcement and court staff who present and hear cases in which domestic violence is a factor. The court received a grant from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to bring speakers from the Battered Women's Justice Project in Minneapolis, the Center for Court Innovation in New York, La Crosse County Circuit Court in Wisconsin and the University of Washington.

September 30, 2012

CTM Sponsors Black Hills Football Club

CTM was a silver sponsor for the September 29, 2012, Black Hills FC auction. There were over 200 attendees at the auction and the Black Hills FC raised over $15,000.00! The proceeds will be used to purchase equipment, make improvements to the current infrastructure, and to improve the soccer playing opportunities for our kids in our community.

September 28, 2012

Carter Hick settles negligence case against DSHS for 2.85 million

After many years of hard fought litigation that saw the parties in state court, federal court, at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and back down to state court, DSHS finally admitted that it failed Carter's client. Unfortunately, the settlement will never undo the years of physical and sexual abuse the client endured as a result of DSHS' negligence. Fortunately, Carter's client can now get the treatment she needs in order to move forward in a good and healthy way. Carter is proud of his client's courage and is thankful to have had the opportunity to represent her.

September 26, 2012

CTM Names Corporate Officers

Stacie-Dee Motoyama has been named the president/managing partner of Connolly, Tacon & Meserve. Her term runs through December 2013. Motoyama, who has been with the firm since 1999, practices in the family law arena and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Center for Thurston County. The firm also named Leonard Lucenko, Jr. as vice-president and Carter W. Hick as treasurer/secretary.

September 24, 2012

Carter Hick obtains record-breaking Public Records Act Judgment

Carter recently obtained the largest Public Records Act (PRA) judgment in state history. The PRA lawsuit was brought against Washington's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) after it became clear that DSHS was in flagrant violation of Washington's PRA. The case took two days to try and Carter couldn't be happier for his client.

September 20, 2012

The National Trial Lawyers include Carter Hick on its list of Top 40 Under 40 in Washington state for 2012

Membership into The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40, is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. The result is a credible, comprehensive and impressive list of young attorneys chosen to represent their state.The Top 40 under 40 is restricted to only 40 attorneys per state per year and each attorney must be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2012. Attorneys must also specialize in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law. Each candidate must also be in good standing with the state licensing board and must never have been subject to disciplinary action.

September 16, 2012