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Updated: Nov. 15, 2023

Family Law Section

The Family Law Section is the principal statewide organization of family law attorneys, and is one of the most active sections in the WSBA. The Section is devoted to improving the profession and practice of family law, to the benefit of its members and other family law professionals, the judiciary, and the general public.

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The Family Law Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

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Check back here for the latest events and offerings from the Family Law Section.

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Executive Committee

Chair: Tamara Garrison (2023-2024)

Chair-ElectTBD (2023-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Helm (2023-2024)

SecretaryKimberly Loges (2023-2024)

Treasurer: Shelley Brandt (2023-2024)

Legislative Liaison*: Patrick Rawnsley (2023-2024)

Section Liaison to the BOG*: Nancy Hawkins (2023-2024)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Kiona Gallup (2023-2025)

Board of Governors Liaison*:
Kari Petrasek (2023-2024)
Sunitha Anjilvel (2023-2024)

*Nonvoting member

At-Large Members:

Boaz Weintraub (2021-2024)
Jacqueline Jeske (2021-2024)
Shelley Brandt (2021-2024)
Stephen Foster (2021-2024)
Tamara Garrison (2021-2024)
E. Susan O'Toole (2022-2025)
Kimberly Loges (2022-2025)
Mei Shih (2022-2025)
Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2025)
Tonilynn Savage (2022-2025)
Amber Bighorse (2023-2026)
Christopher Fox (2023-2026)
Dawn Sydney (2023-2026)
La Vonna Jones (2023-2026)
Laura Yelish (2023-2026)


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Executive Committee Meetings

The WSBA Family Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings via Zoom on the third Saturday of each month. Please contact committee members for specific details about their upcoming meeting dates. The following meetings have been scheduled:

  • 12:30 p.m. PST Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 — Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 824 2133 0752
  • 8:45 a.m. PST Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 — Zoom Link — Meeting ID: 823 5717 2537

Section members are welcome to attend. An opportunity for comments will be offered early in the meeting.

For more information, please see the section's Events Calendar.

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The section's list serve is administered by the Family Law Section. To join the list serve, please contact and forward proof of membership to the webmaster. For general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to

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