Connect with Peers and Practitioners through WSBA's 29 Sections
Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits. Over 10,000 WSBA members currently belong to one or more of the WSBA’s 29 sections. The section membership year begins Jan. 1.
In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:
- List serve communities
- Newsletters, reports, deskbooks, and sourcebooks
- Free and discounted CLEs
- Opportunities to engage in the Washington state legislative process
...and more! Join a Section Today!
Interested in Section Leadership?
Each section is led by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative
process, and collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals in a goal-oriented setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.
Executive committee terms begin Oct. 1, 2023, and sections accept applications for the following year in early spring. Consider applying to become a section leader!
For general sections questions, send an email with your Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-945-9722.
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.
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The Administrative Law Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.
NEW In-Person Seminar: The End of Chevron Deference? What Comes Next?
Developed in partnership with the WSBA Administrative Law Section
This seminar will cover:
- Chevron deference under Chevron v. Natural Resource Defense Council as it has developed
- The U.S. Supreme Court may overrule Chevron deference in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Murray v. U.B.S.
- If the U.S. Supreme Court overrules Chevron, what comes next?
Registration will close at noon on Dec. 8
When: Dec. 11, 2023
Time: 7–8:30 p.m. PST
1.50 Law & legal Procedure
NEW Webinar: Hot Topic: The Corporate Transparency Act
Faculty will discuss preparing for the new beneficial ownership reporting requirements of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) under the Corporate Transparency Act (Act) which become effective on January 1, 2024 and apply to all privately-held US companies.
When: Jan. 12, 2024
Time: Noon–1 p.m. PST
Credits: 1.00 Law & Legal Procedure
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 & Deskbooks” section below. 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
- 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.
New Mentorship Program
The Administrative Law Section is pleased to announce that the application window for the 2023-2024 Mentorship Program is now open. Attorneys who are members of the Admin Law Section are invited to apply as either a mentor or a mentee for this 12-month program that requires a commitment of at least 2 hours per month for which you can obtain CLE credit. The Mentorship Program is a wonderful way to develop lasting relationships one-on-one and to share your knowledge base through an established curriculum that can be modified to fit you and your assigned partner's specific goals. We encourage mentors and mentees to apply. Please complete the application at the below link and return it to email@example.com by April 30. The Program commences May 15.
Webinar: Health Professions Discipline Process and Defense Strategies
Learn about health care professional discipline from an enforcement perspective and a defense perspective. We will review the process from start to finish and discuss defense strategies for each phase, from investigation through hearing and appeal. Steve will share how his litigation strategy for these administrative proceedings differs from medical malpractice defense.
Richelle Little, Washington State Office of the Attorney General, Olympia
Stephen M. Lamberson, Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C., Spokane
Listen to the Audio (one hour, 44 minutes)
This audio is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Aug. 2, 2023).
Webinar: Boundary Violations by Health Care Professionals
Dr. Jennifer Piel, MD, JD, will discuss legal and ethical issues involved in boundary violations committed by health care professionals. This is of interest to any attorney involved in professional licensure defense or malpractice.
Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Piel, MD, JD, University of Washington, Seattle
Listen to the Audio (one hour)
This audio is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (June 28, 2023).
The Frank Homan Award
Congratulations to Johnette Sullivan, our 2023 Homan Award recipient!
Please join us in celebrating our recipient at Mercato in Olympia on Monday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 7 pm, in advance of the CLE program "The End of Chevron Deference? What Comes Next?"
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.
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.
2022 – Larry Berg
2013 – Alan D. Copsey
Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources & Deskbooks
Public Records Act Deskbook (order online)
Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual (eBook) (order online)
Chair: Ed Pesik (2023-2024)
Chair-Elect: Susan Dumph (2023-2024)
Immediate Past Chair: Lea Dickerson (2023-2024)
Secretary: Lea Dickerson (2023-2024)
Treasurer: Robert Krabill (2023-2024)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Devin Curda (2022-2024)
Board of Governors Liaison*: Kevin Fay (2023-2024)
Daryl Dumph (2021-2024)
Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.
Homan Award Committee