Hon. Rosanne N. Buckner Ret.

McGavick Graves, P.S.
Seattle, Washington 98101

800-427-3389



Areas Of Practice

ADR
Business
Child Custody
Child Support Modification
Civil
Commercial
Construction
Divorce
Divorce Modification and Enforcement
Domestic Relations
Family
Personal Injury
Pet Arbitration
Trusts and Estates

 
 



Judge Buckner is a retired Pierce County Superior Court Judge with 32 years' experience on the bench. Judge Buckner has presided over numerous complex civil trials; including personal injury, medical malpractice, contract disputes, condemnation cases as well as many others. Judge Buckner has completed the National Judicial College Civil Mediation course. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Civil Trial Advocacy and Lawyering Skills, at the University of Puget Sound Law School from 1978 to 1990. Before her election to the bench in 1985, Judge Buckner was a Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner for four years and, prior to that, an attorney in private practice beginning in 1976.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Ohio State University, College of Arts and Sciences
    • B.A. cum laude - 1972
    • Major: Russian Language and Literature

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Civil Trial Advocacy and Lawyering Skills, University of Puget Sound Law School, 1978 - 1990

Honors and Awards

  • Women Making History Award by Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers and Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • Twenty Year Judicial Service Award by WSTLA, 2008 - Present
  • WSBA Family Law Section outstanding Judge, 1988 - Present
  • American Business Women's Association Women of the Year, 1985 - Present
  • TPCBA Liberty Bell Award, 1983 - Present
  • Judge of the Year by WSTLA, 2008 - Present
  • Time Magazine Newsmaker of Tomorrow Award, 1983 - Present
  • YWCA Professional Woman of the Year, 1983 - Present
  • Young Career Woman Tacoma Business and Professional Women, 1979 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Superior Court Judges Association, President, 1995 - 1996
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Treasurer, 1989 - 1990
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Chair of the Family and Juvenile Law Committee, 1986 - 1989
  • Superior Court Judges Association, Chair of the Judicial Education Committee
  • Washington State Judges Foundation, President, 1997 - Present
  • National Conference of State Trial Judges of the ABA, Chair of the Bioethics Committee, 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Women Judges' Fund for Justice, President, 1990 - 1992
  • National Association of Women Judges, District 13 Director, 1986 - 1988
  • Pierce County Law Library, Trustee and Chair, 1987 - 2012
  • American Inn s of Court XXV, Bencher, 1990 - Present
  • Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club, President, 1996 - Present
  • Tacoma Sunrise Rotary Club, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution, Board of Director
  • City Club of Tacoma

Past Employment Positions

  • Pierce County Superior Court, Judge, 1985 - Present
  • Pierce County Superior Court, Commissioner
  • Private practice, Attorney, 1976 - Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa
1102 Broadway, Suite 500

Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone:

253-254-5900


800-709-7015

Fax:

253-627-2247

Email: [email protected]