Legal/Judicial Experience: 26 years advising businesses and families with their legal needs. Contract law, estate planning, criminal defense, probate, real estate, regulatory law. Over 200 jury trials to a verdict. Admitted Federal Bar 1991. Law clerk to Hon. William Brown and Hon. Brian Tollefson.
Other Professional Experience: Pesidential Appointee Selective Service Comission 1998 to Present, World Circumnavigation under sail 1977 -1979
Education: University of Puget Sound J.D 1990. Honors ABA Client Counseling Completion National Finalist. Western Washington University B.A Political Science 1986
Community Service: Peace Corps Volunteer 1983-1986 Papua New Guinea. Board of Trustees YMCA 1998 -2003 Thurston County Bar Association 1999-2004.
Statement: My name is Jim Foley, and I want to be your next Superior Court Judge. I have spent almost every day of the last twenty-six years in Court. I’ve helped hundreds of people with their legal matters and practiced before every level of court in the state. I have tried over 200 cases to a jury verdict. I will be a fair and effective judge.
I am not a lifetime Prosecutor. I don’t believe in building walls and mass deportations. Every person who appears in my court will be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their color, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.
I am deeply committed to our community. I’ve lived in Thurston County for over thirty years and raised three wonderful children here – Nick, Dinah, and Finn. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer and served on the YMCA Board and the Bar Association.
I won’t just be tough on crime; I will be smart on crime. I wholly support our Specialty Courts to serve the most downtrodden in our community. I have the knowledge, humanity and temperament for the job and look forward to serving our community as Superior Court Judge. Thank You.