Updated: Sept. 6, 2019

Juvenile Law Section

The Juvenile Law Section creates a venue and an opportunity for a broad representation of juvenile justice and child welfare participants to work on systems improvements that impact children, youth and their families. Unlike a bar committee, a bar section allows for broader participation and may include non-lawyer professionals who work with juveniles or on juvenile-justice issues.

The section provides a name that is broad enough to encompass the many different areas of practice involving children and youth. It is intended to be inclusive of defenders, prosecutors, attorneys general, court appointed special advocates, civil legal aid attorneys, judges, service providers and law students to allow for cross-system training and collaboration, which can lead to improved outcomes for young people, their families and the community.

Areas of legal practice the section address include child welfare, juvenile justice, status offenses, immigration as it relates to children and families, truancy, at-risk-youth and child in need of services proceedings, as well as a variety of civil legal needs of youth.

Joining the section for one year involves a $30 membership fee.

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Join us! Annual CLE and Meeting in Tri-Cities

The Justice System for Children in Eastern Washington and Beyond

When: Friday, Oct. 11, 9:15 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Where: Pasco Police Dept. Training Center, 204 W. Clark St., Pasco, WA 
CLE Credits: 5 Credits, pending approval
Cost: Free to section members; $35 to others (or free if you join the section)

Morning Sessions:

  • Youth Courts: A New Approach for Spokane's Youth Clients
  • Ethical Issues in the Child Welfare Practice, Case Law Update

Afternoon Sessions:

  • Immigrant Youth in Washington, An Update
  • The Criminalization of Youth and the School/Foster Care Prison Pipelilne
  • Dependency Youth and the Interstate Placement of Children Compact

Lunch is provided, sponsored by the section. Check out the event flyer and agenda

Register by email to Jana.Heyd@opd.wa.gov

Congratulations New Executive Committee Members!

One-year terms, Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020.


Jill Malat

Vacant position*

Secretary/Treasurer: Jana Heyd

At-Large Member: Laura Baird 

Legislative Committee Chair: Vacant position*

Juvenile Offender Committee Co-Chairs:

Angelle Gerl

Vacant position*

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chairs:

Megan Valentine

James Richardson 

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chair:

Meghan Casey

Pam Lamica 

CLE Coordinator/Publications EditorShawn Sant

*Pursuant to the section's bylaws, the Juvenile Law Section Executive Committee may appoint an individual to the position on an interim basis.

Please consider joining one of our committees

Dependency/Child Welfare 

Civil Legal Needs 

Juvenile Offender


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has a monthly conference call held at noon on the 12th of every month, except when the 12th falls on a weekend. When the 12th falls on a Saturday, it is held on the 11th, and when the 12th falls on a Sunday, it is held on the 13th.

To join the monthly conference call, dial: 641-715-3580
Access code: 928-735

Co-Chair: Jana Heyd (2018-2019)

Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2019)

Secretary/Treasurer: Lauren Kirigin (2019)

Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson**

Young Lawyer Liaison: Danielle Purcell* (2017-2019)

Legislative Liaison
Dan Ophardt (2015-2018)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator
Shawn Sant (2019)

Child Welfare Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
James Richardson (2019)
Megan Valentine (2019)

Civil Legal Needs Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Meghan Casey (2019)
Pam Lamica (2019)

Juvenile Offender Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Angelle Gerl (2018-2019)
Amy Jones (2019)

At-Large Members
Daewoo Kim (2018-2019)
Andrew Pugsley (2019)
April Rivera (2018-2019)

Law School Representatives
Katherine Nyden, University of Washington School of Law** (2016-2019)
Vy Nguyen, Seattle University School of Law** (2016-2019)
Savannah Williams, Seattle University School of Law** (2016-2019)
Jenna Bock, Gonzaga University School of Law** (2017-2019)

** Non-voting member

The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the 12th of each month, noon-1 pm. You may attend by phone by calling 641-715-3580 and using the passcode 928-735. Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, contact the section co-chairs, Jana Heyd and Jill Malat.