FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 22, 1996
Lowry appoints Van Deren to Pierce County
OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry has
named Tacoma family law attorney Marywave Van Deren to the 19th
position on the Pierce County Superior Court. Van Deren has been
a pro tem judge and court commissioner with the court since 1991.
A Pierce County native, Van Deren grew up working on a strawberry
and cucumber farm near Puyallup and won awards as a 4-H club member.
She was also valedictorian at Eatonville High School. After
receiving a master's degree in library science from the University
of Washington, she worked at libraries in Pierce County before
moving to Hawaii with her husband, who was in the Navy. Van Deren
returned to school and graduated from the UW School of Law in
"Marywave is a fine choice for this position as she has
dedicated nearly her entire practice to family law issues right
in Pierce County," Lowry said. "She is highly regarded
by her peer attorneys and the judges she has stood before, and
will be an excellent addition to their ranks."
Van Deren, 50, was a founding member of the Tacoma-Pierce County
Bar Association Family Law Section and is a trustee for the county
bar. She was rated "exceptionally well qualified" by
the county bar.
The 19th position is a newly created slot on the superior court
bench and will not be effective until Oct. 9, but the early appointment
means Van Deren will not have to face election this year. She
had been planning to file for another position on the court this
week, but her appointment precludes that action. When she begins,
Van Deren will earn $99,015 annually. She will face election
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office