Updated: Oct. 14, 2021

Creditor Debtor Rights Section

The Creditor Debtor Rights Section offers its members numerous opportunities to stay current on relevant legal issues, comment on legislation, and participate in pro bono activities.

Section members represent a diverse array of individuals and businesses working as debtors, debtors-in-possession, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, receivers, trustees, asset purchasers, and examiners in all facets of creditor-debtor law.

On this site you can find links to additional information concerning the Section, including administration and governance; seminars, such as The Annual Northwest Bankruptcy Institute and the Pacific Northwest's premier seminar for insolvency counsel (cosponsored with the Oregon State Bar); Section projects, such as the annual grant award to associations that promote the mission of the Section; and legislative updates and news.

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Grants Program Open for Applications Through Nov. 1

The Creditor Debtor Rights Section recognizes the importance for all individuals to have access to legal services. Many Section members are actively involved in making their expertise available to low income individuals, both through direct representation and/or educational programs. While financial constraints and/or other limitations may deter individuals from seeking legal services, it is important that community services exist to assist with such issues. Established in 2004, the purpose of the CD Section’s Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to the ongoing operation of community service and legal aid programs.

Deserving organizations are encouraged to complete the current grant application form and submit it to the Grant Program Chair.  A copy of the application can be found below:

Grant Application 2021-2022


Comments Request: Proposed Receivership Act Revisions

The current Washington Receivership Act was enacted in 2004. After 15 years of practice under the Act, the Creditor Debtor Section convened a Receivership Task Force to review the current Washington Receivership Act and to propose possible amendments to the Act based upon practice experience.

The Receivership Task Force represented all constituencies in the receivership process and was comprised of Aimee Willig (Seattle), Barry Davidson (Spokane), Dominique Scalia (Seattle), Douglas Cameron (Seattle), Jennifer Faubion (Seattle), Kevin Hanchett (Seattle) and Shelly Ripley (Spokane), Steven Reilly (Seattle). 

After several meetings, the Task Force has drafted proposed amendments to the Washington Receivership Act. 

Comment Request Memo

Proposed Amendment to RCW 61.24.030

Proposed Amendment to RCW 7.60.130 (Cannabis Cases)

Proposed Amendment to RCW 7.60 Receivers

If you have any comments on the proposed amendments, please forward them to Todd Tracy at todd@thetracylawgroup.com or 1601 Fifth Ave., Suite 610, Seattle, WA, 98101. Comments should be received by Dec. 31, 2020. 


Grants Program

Historically, the CD Section has allocated a meaningful portion of its net revenue (derived primarily from its CLE sponsorship and production efforts) to fund grants to non-profits operating in the arena of consumer protection and insolvency law. The amount of money offered each year varies with the budget cycle. 

Congratulations to the following 2019–2020 grant recipients:

  • Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Lavender Rights Project

Executive Committee

Officers serve two-year terms.

ChairWilliam Malaier, Jr. (2020-2022) 

Chair-ElectBruce Medeiros (2020-2022) 

Secretary/TreasurerTodd Tracy (2020-2022) 

Immediate Past ChairKevin O'Rourke (2020-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden 

Pos. 1 Eastern District 
Brian Walker (2020-2022)

Pos. 2 Eastern District
Darren Digiacinto (2020-2022)

Pos. 3 Northern Division of Western District
Sallye Quinn (2020-2022)

Pos. 4 King County
Jennifer Faubion (2020-2022)

Pos. 5 King County
Christina Henry (2021-2023) 

Pos. 6 Southern Division of Western District
Russell Garrett (2020-2022)

Pos. 7 Southern Division of Western District
Thomas Dashiell  (2021-2023) 

Pos. 8 Eastern Division At-Large
David Kazemba (2021-2023) 

Pos. 9 Western District At-Large
Jacob DeGraaff (2021-2023) 

Newsletter Editorial Board Members*
Chris Young
Steve Linkon
Steven Reilly

*Nonvoting member

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


Join Our List Serve

To join the Section list serve and for general questions, please contact sections@wsba.org. For questions about the Section and to get involved, please contact Section Chair William Malaier, Jr.

Questions?

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