Elder Law Section
The practice of elder law focuses on an array of legal issues particularly important to older people but important to many others as well. They include issues relating to retirement and estate planning, to powers of attorney, guardianship and other forms of substitute decision making, to private and public long-term care and other healthcare financing and to abuse of vulnerable individuals, among other issues.
The Elder Law Section offers opportunities for education and consultation on issues relevant to elder law practice. Occasional seminars are complemented by the Section's active list serve — an ongoing conversation among members, responding to questions and sharing insights. The Section also offers opportunities for serious exploration of systemic problems identified by members and for policy advocacy on issues relating to the administration of justice.
Congratulations New Executive Committee Members!
One-year terms, Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020.
Chair-Elect: Miriam Ayoub
Treasurer: Matthew Parker
Secretary: Carla Calogero
Legislative Committee Co-chair:
Grants Committee Co-chair:
Who Can Join?
Any active member of the WSBA may join the Elder Law Section at any time. Inactive members and non-members of the WSBA can join as subscribers. This affords professionals in the same field the opportunity to stay current about the law related activities in their field.
What is the Cost?
There are two categories of membership. If you are a member of the WSBA, you pay the lawyer membership fee, currently $35 per year. If you are not an attorney in the state of Washington, you may join as a subscriber, at the same $35 per year rate. Subscribers receive the newsletters and notices of activities of the section, but they do not have voting status.
How Do I Join?
Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship Scholarship
Over his distinguished 40-year career, attorney Peter Greenfield worked tirelessly on behalf of thousands of seniors living in poverty in Washington. He was also an active member of the WSBA Elder Law Section and following his retirement from Columbia Legal Services in 2010, the Section established the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship. The Scholarship provides for a summer internship in elder law at Columbia Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid organization dedicated to serving very low-income and marginalized populations. Funds for the scholarship, given to students at one of the three Washington law schools, come from Section member donations.
You can donate to the Scholarship online or by mail. Make checks payable to:
Washington State Bar Foundation
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101
*Please note "Peter Greenfield Internship Fund "or "PGIF" on your check.
You can find more information about the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship here:
Thank you for your contribution!
Chair: Karen Boxx
Chair-elect: Meredith Grigg
Secretary: Peggy Sanders
Treasurer: Matthew Parker
Immediate Past Chair: Megan Farr
Young Lawyer Liaison: Joyce Bruce*
Board of Governors Liaison: Chris Meserve*
The WSBA Elder Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. You may attend by phone by calling 866-577-9294 and using the passcode 5016510#. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.