Updated: Jan. 19, 2018

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.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

See a list of Section Resources and Legal Opinions.


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?

Join the WSBA Elder Law Section online or contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-WSBA (9722) or 206-443-WSBA (9722) or email questions@wsba.org

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship Scholarship

Approximately 92,000 seniors in Washington live on incomes less than $11,770 per year.

Your support of the WSBA Elder Law Section’s Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship can make a difference for these seniors. Peter Greenfield worked tirelessly on behalf of low-income seniors during his career with Columbia Legal Services (CLS).

To honor Peter’s advocacy for vulnerable seniors and his active involvement in WSBA, the Elder Law Section established a summer internship at CLS and a fund with the Washington State Bar Foundation to sustain it.

The Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship supports a summer internship each year, rotating students from each of Washington’s three law schools. Interns provide advocacy and research that supports the systems reform that was the hallmark of Peter Greenfield’s work, while learning the broader themes of elder law. 

Your donation supports legal advocacy for vulnerable seniors and encourages a law student consider a future in elder law. Please make a donation online or mail a donation by check, payable to:

Washington State Bar Foundation
1325 Fourth Avenue Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

Please note "Peter Greenfield Internship Fund "or "PGIF" on your check.

Your gift has leverage. Gonzaga, Seattle University, and the University of Washington match our contributions for a $5,000 total scholarship. To learn more about this program, check out the Section Spotlight in NW Lawyer.

Thank you for your contribution! 

Executive Committee

ChairMegan Farr 
Chair-Elect: Karen Boxx
SecretaryPeggy Sanders 
TreasurerMatthew Parker
Immediate Past ChairKameron Kirkevold 
Young Lawyer Liaison: Sage Graves*
BOG LiaisonAngela Hayes*

Legislative Co-Chairs:  Karen Boxx & Katherine Hurt
Communications Co-ChairsAmy Freeman & Lisa Kremer
CLE Co-ChairsSuzanne Thompson Wininger & Karen Clark
Grants ChairMeredith Childers & Ronald St. Hilaire
Outreach Co-ChairsMiriam Ayoub & Ann LoGerfo

At-Large Members
Carla Calogero
Michael Longyear
Mark Vohr

*Non-voting member

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

For general questions, please email inquiries to sections@wbsa.org. To get involved and learn more about the Elder Law Section, please contact Section Chair Megan Farr.