Updated: May 2, 2018

Criminal Law Section

The Criminal Law Section seeks the participation of the Bar, including prosecutors and defense counsel, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas in the areas of criminal law, correction, procedure, and evidence. The section works with pending legislation and development of statutory enactments to improve and facilitate the administration of justice within the criminal arena.

With an equal number of defense and prosecuting attorney positions, the executive board champions the rights of both the accused and victims in the criminal justice system. Activities include publishing a newsletter, as well as assisting with the Criminal Law Institute.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

Section Executive Committee Elections to begin in May

Voting is scheduled to begin in early May, 2018

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.

Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
There are no candidates at this time.

At-Large (Prosecutor) Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021. 
Candidate 1: Amy Jaquette
Candidate 2:   C. Dale Slack │ Candidate Statement

At-Large (Prosecutor) Member (two positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2020. 
Candidate 1: Angelle Marie Gerl

At-Large (Defense) Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021. 
Candidate 1: Mark Vovos
Candidate 2:  Adam McGerty│ Candidate Statement: I am a Washington licensed attorney and a graduate from the Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to attending Law School in Spokane, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University.  I currently work for the Department of Assigned Counsel in Yakima County.
I have a passion for my job as a public defender in Yakima County. I wish to use what I have learned in the service to the Criminal Law Section and improve the services we provide to the residence of this great state. This drive towards service though started before law school has been cultivated by Kathy Knox of the City of Spokane and Paul Kelly of Yakima County. I think the enthusiasm to serve would be an immense benefit to the committee and given my youth in the profession, it would be an asset in helping us as a profession think to our future in an ever-changing environment. I think collaboration is one of the great tools we have to improve hour criminal justice system so that we can give the community the best possible service for each role. 
I appreciate you taking the time to read this and please feel to ask any questions you may have. Thank you for your consideration. 


Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

NEW Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2018 Available for Free!

As a benefit to Criminal Law Section members, you can download the Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2018, prepared by the Honorable Ron Kessler, below. These documents are password protected for members-only. If you are having trouble accessing the documents, contact sections@wsba.orgPlease be advised the notebook had to be reformatted from the original due to file size.

Additionally, you can download the Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2016 app for free on your Android or Apple smart phone by searching for "CCLN" in the app store. 


May 2016
January 2016
January 2015

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

Executive Committee

Terms run Jan. 28, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted

ChairHugh Birgenheier
Chair-Elect: Kim Hunter
Treasurer & SecretaryJohn Sheeran
Immediate Past ChairBlythe Phillips
Young Lawyer Liaison: Keith Hines*
BOG Liaison:
 Kim Hunter

Committee Members

3-year term unless otherwise noted

Representing Defense

Vacant (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Mark E. Vovos (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Josephine Townsend (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
Edwin Aralica (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
John Strait (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)
Aimee Sutton (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)

Representing Prosecution

Dale Slack (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Jim Hershey (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
Anita Petra (March 2016–Sept. 2019)
Philip Sanchez (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)
Vacant position (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)

*Non-voting member

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

To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the Section chair, Hugh Birgenheier.