Updated: April 16, 2019

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, to powers of attorney, guardianship and other forms of substitute decision making, to private and public long-term care and other healthcare financing and to 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.

Annual Report

Budget

Bylaws

Infosheet

See a list of Section Resources and Legal Opinions.


Executive Committee Nominations Open

Apply Today to Serve on the Section Executive Committee – Deadline Extended to April 26

Application Information, Open Positions & Terms

Complete the online application. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest with your online application (max. 250 words, PDF format).

Review the Volunteer Position Description and learn more about serving on a section executive committee. This document provides a general overview of section executive committee officer positions and may differ from some sections.

For information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. All open positions below are for one-year terms, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.

  • Chair-electone-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Treasurerone-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Secretaryone-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • At-Large Member (three open positions): one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Grants Committee Co-chair (two positions):one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Outreach/Mentorship Committee Co-chair (two positions):one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Communications Committee Co-chair (two positions):one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • CLE Co-chair (two positions):one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Legislative Co-chair (two positions): one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.

Voting will begin in May.

Questions? 

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


Membership

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 Columbia Legal Services, 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.

You can find more information about the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship here:

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship Video

Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship Article

Thank you for your contribution!


Executive Committee

ChairKaren Boxx

Chair-elect: Meredith Grigg

SecretaryPeggy Sanders

Treasurer: Matthew Parker

Immediate Past Chair: Megan Farr

Young Lawyer Liaison: Joyce Bruce*

Board of Governors Liaison: Chris Meserve*

Legislative Co-chairs:  Sage Graves & Katherine Hurt

Communications Co-chairsAmy Freeman & Lisa Kremer

CLE Co-chairsAngela Macey-Cushman & Suzanne Thomson Wininger

Grants Co-chairsMiriam Ayoub & Ronald St. Hilaire

Outreach Co-chairsMichael Longyear & Ann LoGerfo

At-Large Members

Carla Calogero
Kameron Kirkevold
Mark Vohr

*Non-voting member

The WSBA Elder Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. You may attend by phone by calling 866-577-9294 and using the passcode 5016510#. Please contact 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 Karen Boxx.