Jordan Miller, an associate attorney at JGWS, received the Volunteer Attorney Award for the month of December 2009. Jordan accommodated an array of low-income individuals' needs and followed-up with multiple cases for the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services ("VAS") in addition to taking on a bankruptcy client pro-bono. The award is handed out by VAS. Jordan's actions allowed individuals access and guidance to the court system that aided them in their endeavors to seek justice.
JGWS supports charitable causes with legal services and monetary contributions. In addition to support, the Firm's attorneys also serve on the Boards of various community and charitable organizations.
Robin Gaukroger has been awarded the President's Award twice (2004 and 2007) for his pro bono work in family law matters. In 2005, Phil Johnson and Danielle Marchant were each awarded the Volunteer Legal Services Award for their contribution of free legal services to indigent individuals. The President's Award and the Volunteer Legal Services Award are awarded by the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association.
Steve Smith, a past recipient of the Smith Foundation Scholarship, has recently taken over the administration of the Smith Foundation Scholarship, which awards grants to Orondo and Waterville students, and he also administers the Vinecore Foundation Scholarship that awards grants to students from Douglas County who attend Washington State University and study business, engineering or agriculture.
These are only a few examples of how the attorneys of JGWS support the community in which it serves. JGWS is proud of its tradition of community service.
Robin Gaukroger, partner at JGWS, spoke at the 2009 WSBA Family Law Section Midyear Seminar on June 27, 2009. The seminar was attended by over 240 lawyers from across the state. Robin spoke on the topic of "How to Manage a Family Law Practice in This Economy." Robin has over 37 years experience in practicing family law, which includes areas such as dissolutions, child custody and child support.
Our name has changed! The premier law firm in North Central Washington is now called Johnson, Gaukroger, Woolett & Smith, P.S.
Phil Johnson attended the 2009 School Law Seminar of the National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys on April 2 - 4, 2009, in San Diego, California.
The intensive two day seminar included presentations on free speech issues in the public schools, employee discipline, negotiating a superintendent's contract, and disciplining students with disabilities.
Phil, who is also a member of the Washington Council of School Attorneys, has represented school districts and practiced in the area of school law for the past 25 years.