Updated: Aug. 9, 2018

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.

Annual Report
Info Sheet


NEW 2018 Criminal Law Section CJI Scholarships!


The WSBA Criminal Law Section is awarding 10 scholarships to attend the Criminal Justice Institute on September 20-21, 2018. The scholarship application deadline is September 17th. Please click here for more information and application instructions. 


Criminal Law Section Executive Committee Elections

Voting in the 2018 Executive Committee elections for the Criminal Law Section ended on May 31. Here are the newly-elected members for for each position with terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018.

At-Large Member, Prosecutor (Two Positions): C. Dale Slack, Amy Jaquette

At-Large Member, Prosecutor (Two Positions): Angelle Marie Gerl

At-Large Member, Defense (Two Positions): Mark Vovos, Adam McGerty

Thank you to all of the candidates!


NEW Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2018 Available for Free!

As a benefit to Criminal Law Section members, you can download the Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2018, prepared by the Honorable Ron Kessler. These documents are password protected for members-only. If you are having trouble accessing the documents, contact sections@wsba.orgPlease be advised the notebook had to be reformatted from the original due to file size.

Additionally, you can download the Criminal Caselaw Notebook 2016 app for free on your Android or Apple smart phone by searching for "CCLN" in the app store. 


May 2016
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January 2015

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

Executive Committee

Terms run Jan. 28, 2017–Sept. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted

ChairHugh Birgenheier
Chair-Elect: Kim Hunter
Treasurer & SecretaryJohn Sheeran
Immediate Past ChairBlythe Phillips
Young Lawyer Liaison: Keith Hines*
BOG Liaison:
 Kim Hunter

Committee Members

3-year term unless otherwise noted

Representing Defense

Vacant (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Mark E. Vovos (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Josephine Townsend (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
Edwin Aralica (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
John Strait (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)
Aimee Sutton (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)

Representing Prosecution

Dale Slack (Jan. 2015–Sept. 2018)
Jim Hershey (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
Anita Petra (March 2016–Sept. 2019)
Philip Sanchez (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)
Vacant position (Jan. 2017–Sept. 2020)

*Non-voting member

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

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, Hugh Birgenheier.