Updated: March 13, 2023

Family Law Section

The Family Law Section is the principal statewide organization of family law attorneys, and is one of the most active sections in the WSBA. The Section is devoted to improving the profession and practice of family law, to the benefit of its members and other family law professionals, the judiciary, and the general public.

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is 5 p.m. April 17, 2023.

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2023.

  • At-Large Member (five positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2026.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions—these may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.

Nomination Process: The Chair shall annually appoint a nominating committee consisting of three Section members to recruit FLEC nominees. At least one member of the nominating committee shall not be a current member of FLEC. The nominating committee shall actively take factors of diversity into account when recruiting nominees.

After receiving from the Bar the applications submitted by all nominees, FLEC shall verify all nominees’ eligibility for election and approve the list of nominees to be presented to the membership.

Alternate Nomination Process: In addition to recruiting nominees by means of the nominating committee, FLEC shall provide notice in March, by means of posting to the Family Law Section listservs and by email to all Section members, of all members’ ability to self-nominate for election to FLEC.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2023. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

Chair: Elizabeth Helm (2022-2023)

Chair-ElectTamara Garrison (2022-2023)

SecretaryKimberly Loges (2022-2023)

Treasurer: Shelley Brandt (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Jeske (2022-2023)

Legislative Liaison*: Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2023)

Section Liaison to the BOG*: Nancy Hawkins (2022-2023)

Webmaster*: Alan Funk

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Sunitha Anjilvel (2022-2023) and Kari Petrasek (2022-2023)

*Nonvoting member


Chris Fox (2020-2023) 
Deborah Bianco (2020-2023) 
Cynthia Buhr (2020-2023)
La Vonna Jones (2020-2023)
Dawn Sydney (2020-2023)
Shelley Brandt (2021-2024)
Stephen Foster (2021-2024)
Tamara Garrison (2021-2024)
Jacqueline Jeske (2021-2024) 
Boaz Weintraub (2021-2024)
Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2025)
E. Susan O'Toole (2022-2025)
Kimberly Loges (2022-2025)
Tonilynn Savage (2022-2025)
Mei Shih (2022-2025)

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations. Family Law Section Executive Committee meetings are held by video conference only with prior notice to the whole Executive Committee, and only when authorized by the Chair or Chair-Elect. If you'd like to participate in a meeting, please contact the Chair.

Join Our List Serve

The section's list serve is administered by the Family Law Section. To join the list serve, please contact and forward proof of membership to Alan Funk at asf@wechslerbecker.com. For general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org.