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.
Section Executive Committee Elections
The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.
Voting is scheduled for June 6–19, 2022.
Candidate information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Sections and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.
Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
Candidate: Ed Pesik
Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
Candidate: Richelle Little
Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
Candidate: Katy Hatfield
At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022 and ending Sept. 30, 2025.
Candidate 1: Susan Dumph
Candidate 2: Alexis Hartwell-Gobeske
Candidate 3: Eileen Keiffer
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
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 — Apply Now!
The WSBA Admin Law Section invites you to participate in its first annual mentorship program. The mentorship program pairs experienced administrative law attorneys with either new/young attorneys or those beginning careers in administrative law and is designed to provide general career advice and guidance to mentees through a provided curriculum. The program runs just under one year, from April 19, 2022 to March 31, 2023, and we ask that applicants commit at least two (2) hours per month with their paired mentor/mentee. This is an excellent opportunity to network and earn free CLE credits. The application window is now open. Apply as a mentor or a mentee by completing the attached application form and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before March 31, 2022. Applicants must be a member of the Administrative Law Section in order to participate. Join Today!
The Frank Homan Award
Congratulations to John Gray, our 2021 Homan Award recipient!
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.
2020 – Richard Potter
2011 – Larry A. Weiser
Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email email@example.com.
Resources & Deskbooks
Public Records Act Deskbook (order online)
Chair: Bill Pardee (2021-2022)
Chair-Elect: Lea Dickerson (2021-2022)
Treasurer: Katy Hatfield (2021-2022)
Secretary: Richelle Little (2021-2022)
Immediate Past Chair: Eileen Keiffer (2021-2022)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Cameron Zangenehzadeh (2020-2022)
Board of Governors Liaison*: Francis Adewale (2021-2022)
Margie Gray (2019-2022)
Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.