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.
Criminal Justice Institute Scholarships
The Criminal Justice Institute (CJI) is a professional development program that is open to Defense, Prosecution, Law Enforcement and Judges. This year the CJI takes place on October 3-4, 2019 at The Conference Center Inside the Seatac Airport. The WSBA Criminal Law Section hosts the event which covers a wide range of topics pertinent to the practice of criminal law. Scholarships are available and are awarded based on need and availability.
The CJI offers 12 CLE credits, including 2 ethics credits.
The Executive Comittee of the Criminal Law Section reviews applications for scholarships for the CLE and grants up to five scholarships to the Defense Bar and five Scholarships to Prosecutors. (Other participants are also eligible). Each recipient is responsible for her or his own travel and lodging expenses.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the following information and send it to Josephine Townsend, Chair of the Criminal Law Section at Josie@JCTownsend.com or fax it to her at 360-694-7602. Applications must be received by September 15th, 2019.
Congratulations New Executive Committee Members!
All terms begin Oct. 1, 2019.
Chair-elect (Defense): one-year term ending Sept. 30, 2020
Secretary/Treasurer: one-year term ending Sept. 30, 2020
At-Large Member (Defense): three-year terms ending Sept. 30, 2022
At-Large Member (Prosecution): three-year terms ending Sept. 30, 2022
NEW Criminal Caselaw Notebook 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised the notebook had to be reformatted from the original due to file size.
Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email email@example.com.
Terms run Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019, unless otherwise noted
Interim Chair: Josephine Townsend
Immediate Past Chair: Hugh Birgenheier
Young Lawyer Liaison: Paul Shelton*
Board of Governors Liaison: Kim Hunter*
Committee MembersThree-year term unless otherwise noted
Vacant (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
Jim Hershey (Jan. 2016–Sept. 2019)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section chair, Josephine Townsend.