Updated: Feb. 23, 2018

Administrative Law Section

The Administrative Law Section serves the interests of public- and private-sector attorneys who work with state and local government agencies, as well as administrative law judges, hearing officers, review officers, and other judicial personnel.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

The Administrative Law Section is involved in all areas of administrative law of interest to Washington lawyers, including Washington State administrative law, federal administrative law, tribal administrative law, and interstate compact administrative law. We recognize that most attorneys in Washington practice some type of administrative law, even if they never directly apply the Washington Administrative Procedure Act. We have written (and regularly update) an administrative law practice manual (an online publication), and the Public Records Act Deskbook. You can order these publications under the “Resources” tab. View the free publication, Ensuring Equal Access for People with Disabilities-A Guide for Washington Administrative Proceedings. (2011)

The section welcomes anyone as a member who has an interest in administrative law. Upon payment of annual dues of only $25, active members of the WSBA may be voting members of the section and anyone else may be a non-voting member of the section and receive section benefits. Our members include:

  • Assistant attorneys general
  • Administrative adjudicators and individuals who represent private parties or agencies in administrative hearings
  • Administrative adjudicators and individuals who represent private parties or agencies in administrative hearings
  • Public agency in-house attorneys
  • City attorneys (on private contract as well as municipal employees)
  • County prosecutors
  • Private practitioners who either contract to represent government entities or represent clients subject to government regulation
  • Judicial officials

Benefits of Membership

  • Reduced tuition at high-quality section CLEs (at least two per year)
  • Three newsletters per year, including summaries of recent administrative law state and federal cases, articles and announcements
  • Annual meeting with good food and other special events
  • Input into legislative and WSBA proposals as the recognized experts in administrative law
  • Contributions to projects benefiting access to justice efforts
  • Networking and support in the field of administrative law

Law Students Welcome

The Administrative Law Section welcomes law students! If you are enrolled in law school, join the section as a law student member. Meet lawyers who practice administrative law. Help prepare your own career in administrative law.

The Frank Homan Award

The Frank Homan Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the improvement or application of administrative law. 

Only Administrative Law Section members can nominate, but a nominee does not have to be an attorney or a section member.

Nominations for the 2017 Award are now closed. The due date for the 2017 Award was June 30, 2017. For future nominations, send an email to schaergirl@comcast.net. Please include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Information about the person being nominated (name, position, affiliation)
  • Why you think this person should be recognized
  • Why you think this person should be recognized

The award is named for Frank Homan, a dedicated teacher and mentor who was passionate about improving the law. After receiving his law degree from Cleveland State University of Law in 1965, he began practicing in Washington in 1968, serving as an Employment Security Department hearings examiner from 1970 to 1974 and as a senior administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings from 1975 to 1993. He continued to serve as an ALJ pro tem after his retirement in 1993. He was an early proponent for the creation of a central hearings panel, and played an important role in the creation of the Office of Administrative Hearings (RCW 34.12).

Frank was generous with his time and expertise and is well-remembered for his sense of humor, his command of the English language, and his writing style — including his knowledge of legal terminology and history. His commitment to promoting justice for all and the practice of administrative law is the inspiration for the award that bears his name.

Prior Recipients

2017 – Kim O'Neal
2016 – John F. Kuntz
2015 – Ramsey Ramerman
2015 – Eric Stahl
2013 – Alan D. Copsey
2011 – Larry A. Weiser
2010 – Jeffrey Goltz
2008 – Kristal Wiitala
2007 – C. Dean Little
2006 – William R. Andersen
2005 – Bob Wallis

Public Service Grant

Each year members of the Administrative Law Section donate resources to at least one public service project. This year, the Executive Committee is seeking grant proposals and applications from nonprofit community groups in Washington state.

 2017 Public Service Grant Program Overview

Section Newsletter

Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email sections@wsba.org.

Resources & Deskbooks

Executive Committee

Chair: Polly McNeill (2017-2018)
Chair-ElectJonathon Bashford (2017-2018)
Secretary/TreasurerKaty Hatfield (2017-2018)
Immediate Past ChairStephen Manning (2017-2018)
Young Lawyer LiaisonAlex Caggiano* (2016-2018)
BOG LiaisonAthan Papailiou*

Committee Chairs

CLE Committee Chair: Alex Caggiano*
Diversity and Outreach Committee Chair: Alexis Quinones
Newsletter Committee Chair: Eileen Keiffer
Publications and Practice Manual Committee Chair: Gabe Verdugo*
Public Service Committee Chair: Janell Stewart (2019) 
Legislative Committee Chair: Richard Potter

Board of Trustees

Courtney Beebe (2017-2018)
Susan Pierini (2015-2018)
Robert Rhodes (2015-2018)
Margie Gray (2016-2019)
Robert Krabill (2016-2019)
Janell Stewart (2016-2019)
Eileen Keiffer (2017-2020)
Hon. Robert Murphy (2017-2020)
Chad Standifer (2017-2020)

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, please email inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Administrative Law Section, please contact Section Chair Polly McNeill.