Paul Stritmatter delivered a moving eulogy at Justice Chamber’s memorial service. Photo Credit: Laura Anglin
On April 30, 2014, there was a memorial gathering at the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington to honor the retired Chief Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers. Justice Chambers died on Dec. 11, 2013 at age 70. Along with the current Washington Supreme Court Justices, Governor Jay Inslee, retired Supreme Court Justice Utter attended. The music of bagpiper and the Suquamish Singers filled the courtroom.
Our very own Paul Stritmatter gave a moving eulogy.
A native of Yakima, he served on the Supreme Court from 2000 to 2012, when he retired early for health reasons. Prior to his election to the court he was in private practice focusing primarily on personal injury actions.
In 2012, the Washington State Association for Justice renamed its Trial Lawyer of the Year award the “Tom Chambers Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.” Also in 2012 he was honored with the Henry M. Jackson Distinguished Alumni Public Service award by the University of Washington School of Law, and he was recognized by the Seattle Housing Authority Neighborhood House with the Good Neighbor Award for 20 years of commitment to residents of Seattle Public Housing.
Gov. Inslee listening intently. Photo: Laura Anglin
“Tom Chambers was deeply committed to improving access to justice, spearheading the first ever Legal Needs Study in Washington, along with Justice Charles Johnson and Judge Mary Kay Becker,” said Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. “Tom was a man with a passion for life, the law, and adventure. He was a considerate and kind colleague who will be greatly missed by those who served with him.”