Upcoming Saint Martin's Harvie Social Justice Lecture will highlight county’s DUI/Drug Court Program

January 28, 2011

Lacey, Washington – Presiding DUI/Drug Court Judge Gary R. Tabor of the Thurston County Superior Court will speak on the court’s programs in an upcoming Saint Martin’s University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series presentation. The lecture will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in Harned Hall room 110 on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. Admission to this and all Harvie Lecture Series events is free. The public is welcome to attend.

The county’s Superior Court DUI/Drug Court is a 12-to-18 month comprehensive drug treatment program for eligible non-violent drug and property felony offenders. Designed to break the revolving door of drug dependency and addiction, the program is an alternative to jail or prison. Tabor will discuss how the program works and the success it has achieved.

Tabor has been the DUI/Drug court judge since January 2009 and previously served as back-up DUI/Drug Court judge for five years. He was first elected to a newly created position on the Thurston County Bench in 1996 and served two two-year terms as the Superior Court’s presiding (administrative) judge. Before that time, he served for almost 19 years as a Thurston County deputy prosecuting attorney.

For some 14 years, Tabor also has taught criminal justice classes as an adjunct professor for Saint Martin’s Military Extension Program. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian College and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series was created by University Prof. Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., to raise awareness of social justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A. Harvie, J.D., former professor and chairman of the University’s department of criminal justice.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and is the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Laura Hoff