Updated: Jan. 3, 2022

Elder Law Section

The practice of elder law focuses on an array of legal issues particularly important to older people but important to many others as well. They include issues relating to retirement and estate planning, powers of attorney, guardianship and other forms of substitute decision making, private and public long-term care and other healthcare financing, and abuse of vulnerable individuals, among other issues.

The Elder Law Section offers opportunities for education and consultation on issues relevant to elder law practice. Occasional seminars are complemented by the Section's active list serve — an ongoing conversation among members, responding to questions and sharing insights. The Section also offers opportunities for serious exploration of systemic problems identified by members and for policy advocacy on issues relating to the administration of justice.

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Who Can Join?

Any active member of the WSBA may join the Elder Law Section at any time. Inactive members and non-members of the WSBA can join as subscribers. This affords professionals in the same field the opportunity to stay current about the law related activities in their field.

What is the Cost?

There are two categories of membership. If you are a member of the WSBA, you pay the lawyer membership fee, currently $35 per year. If you are not an attorney in the state of Washington, you may join as a subscriber, at the same $35-per-year rate. Subscribers receive the newsletters and notices of activities of the section, but they do not have voting status.

How Do I Join?

Join the WSBA Elder Law Section online or contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 or email questions@wsba.org

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Summer Internship Scholarship

Over his distinguished 40-year career, attorney Peter Greenfield worked tirelessly on behalf of thousands of seniors living in poverty in Washington. He was also an active member of the WSBA Elder Law Section and following his retirement from Columbia Legal Services in 2010, the Section established the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship. The Scholarship provides for a summer internship in elder law at Northwest Justice Project, a non-profit legal aid organization dedicated to serving very low-income and marginalized populations. Funds for the scholarship, given to students at one of the three Washington law schools, come from Section member donations.

You can donate to the Scholarship online or by mail. Make checks payable to:

Washington State Bar Foundation
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

*Please note "Peter Greenfield Internship Fund "or "PGIF" on your check.

Thank you for your contribution!

Executive Committee

Chair: Meredith Grigg (2021-2022)  

Chair-electSage Graves (2021-2022)

SecretaryAngela Macey-Cushman (2021-2022)

Treasurer: Matthew Parker (2021-2022) 

Immediate Past Chair: Miriam Ayoub (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*:Emily Tyson-Shu (2021-2023) 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Carla Higginson (2021-2022) 

*Nonvoting member

At-Large Members
Carla Calogero (2021-2022)
Megan Farr (2021-2022)
Michelle Siebenaler (2021-2022)

Legislative Co-chairs
Sage Graves (2020-2022) 
Karen Boxx (2021-2023) 

Communications Co-chairs:;
Mark Vohr (2021-2022)

CLE Co-chairs:
Nicholas Pleasants (2021-2023) 
Suzanne Thompson Wininger (2020-2022) 

Grants Co-chairs*:
Patrick Erker (2021-2022)
Ronald St. Hilaire (2021-2022) 

The WSBA Elder Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. via video conference. See event calendar for access information or contact a committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, please email inquiries to sections@wbsa.org. To get involved and learn more about the Elder Law Section, please contact Section Chair Meredith Grigg