Citing his dedication to outstanding public service, members of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association (TPCBA) presented the Liberty Bell Award to Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert at the annual Law Day Luncheon on May 8.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and I want to thank them for their service in our community as well,” said Talbert, who represents Pierce County’s 5th Council District. “Members of TPCBA promote professionalism among lawyers, improve access to justice and increase the awareness of the role that the law plays in people’s lives.”
Recently, one of Talbert’s constituents wanted to develop existing farm facilities into a craft distillery business and destination venue, thereby enhancing agritourism in Pierce County. However, the project encountered delays as county planners struggled with deficiencies in county code and its comprehensive plan, which had lagged behind state law. Talbert coordinated discussions that confirmed the project complies with the law and should be approved.
“In the case of Rick Talbert, an elected representative not only acted as a relay mechanism for the views of his constituent, but more importantly also used his knowledge and skills to guide the agency toward an informed decision that is better for the greater good of the community,” said attorney Thomas Quinlan, TPCBA member and former president. “Talbert’s responsiveness, professionalism and dedication to his constituents make him truly deserving of recognition by the TPCBA.”
During the first week of May of each year, the TPCBA sponsors a number of activities in conjunction with national efforts to recognize and celebrate the rule of law and role of the legal system in government. The theme for 2015 is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.”
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, widely viewed as one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy. The principles embodied in Magna Carta, signed in June of the year 1215, were incorporated into documents such as the United States Constitution, the Washington State Constitution and the Pierce County Charter.
For more information on Magna Carta, please visit the U.S. National Archives at www.archives.gov.
Thomas Quinlan, Attorney at Law
Rick Talbert, Pierce County Council