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Meet Joseph

Judge Evans is a lifelong resident of Pierce County. He attended the University of Washington in Tacoma, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree, and the Seattle University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree. He has worked for 15 years as a trial lawyer in the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel’s office, including 2 years as the juvenile delinquency court supervisor. 

Judge Evans is dedicated to serving our community. He served as the Pierce County Criminal Justice Reform Task Force Project Manager  for 18 months until his swearing in as a judicial officer. He focused on examining existing criminal justice policies, identifying how they create obstacles for individuals encountering the courts systems, and formulating ways that these obstacles can be reduced in order to make our justice system more equitable. He has also served on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Oversight Committee, which falls under the Pierce County Human Resources Office, for a year prior to becoming a judicial officer.

Judge Evans is highly regarded by the Pierce County community, especially in its legal circles. He is a former three-term president of the Pierce County Minority Bar Association and has both participated in, and organized, their annual Youth and Law forum in the past. Judge Evans has also volunteered as a “Big” with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound’s mentorship program since the summer of 2019. He was awarded Alumni of the Year in 2016 by the University of Washington in Tacoma. He is a past board advisor to the Lawyers Against Systemic Racism and is a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective. 

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