Updated: June 3, 2021

Criminal Law Section

The Criminal Law Section seeks the participation of the Bar, including prosecutors and defense counsel, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas in the areas of criminal law, correction, procedure, and evidence. The section works with pending legislation and development of statutory enactments to improve and facilitate the administration of justice within the criminal arena.

With an equal number of defense and prosecuting attorney positions, the executive board champions the rights of both the accused and victims in the criminal justice system. Activities include publishing a newsletter, as well as assisting with the Criminal Law Institute.

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2021 Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 15-30, 2021. All voting members of the Section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email on June 15, 2021, via Survey Monkey.

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms 

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates for open positions are listed below.

  • Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
    Candidate:  Dale Slack
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
    Candidate: Dan LeBeau
  • At-Large Member – Defense: three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
    Candidate:  Nicholas Andrews  
  • At-Large Member – Prosecution: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
    No Candidates
  • At-Large Member – Prosecution (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
    Candidate:  Tracey Munger
    Candidate:  Ed Owens

Questions? 
Email sections@wsba.org.

 


The Latest Criminal Caselaw Notebook for Free

As a benefit to Criminal Law Section members, download the Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2019, prepared by the Hon. Ron Kessler.  If you are having trouble accessing the documents, contact sections@wsba.org.


Newsletters 

Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

Terms run Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021, unless otherwise noted

ChairJosephine Townsend

Chair-Elect: Josephine Townsend

Secretary/Treasurer: vacant

Immediate Past Chair: Dale Slack

Young Lawyer Liaison*: vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*: Lauren Boyd

Committee Members

Three-year term unless otherwise noted

Representing Defense

Adam McGerty (2018-2021)
Mark E. Vovos (2018-2021)
Mary Kay High  (2019-2022)
Edwin Aralica (2019-2022)
Nicholas Holce (2020-2022)
John Strait (2020–2023)
Kelsey Page (2020–2023)

Representing Prosecution

Amy Jaquette (2018-2021)
Anita Petra (2019–2022)
Hugh Birgenheier (2019–2022)
Daniel LeBeau (2020–2023)

*Nonvoting member


Meetings

The Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section conducts meetings from time to time. As meetings are scheduled, details will appear in the events section of this page.

Please contact committee member for any other details on their upcoming meetings and locations.


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section chair, Dale Slack.