Updated: March 24, 2020

Juvenile Law Section

The Juvenile Law Section creates a venue and an opportunity for a broad representation of juvenile justice and child welfare participants to work on systems improvements that impact children, youth and their families. Unlike a bar committee, a bar section allows for broader participation and may include non-lawyer professionals who work with juveniles or on juvenile-justice issues.

The section provides a name that is broad enough to encompass the many different areas of practice involving children and youth. It is intended to be inclusive of defenders, prosecutors, attorneys general, court appointed special advocates, civil legal aid attorneys, judges, service providers and law students to allow for cross-system training and collaboration, which can lead to improved outcomes for young people, their families and the community.

Areas of legal practice the section address include child welfare, juvenile justice, status offenses, immigration as it relates to children and families, truancy, at-risk-youth and child in need of services proceedings, as well as a variety of civil legal needs of youth.

Joining the section for one year involves a $30 membership fee.

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Apply to Serve on the Section Executive Committee

 
The nomination period is March 2–April 7, 2020.

View the Volunteer Position Description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee officer positions and may differ for some sections. For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. Voting will begin in May 2020.

The following positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2020. 

  • Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 202
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • CLE Coordinator/Publications Editor: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Juvenile Offender Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • Legislative Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
  • At-Large Member: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021

Apply online through your myWSBA profile. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a statement of interest to be included with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). 

Questions? 

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


Executive Committee

Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2019-2020)

Co-Chair: Angelle Gerl (2019-2020)

Secretary/Treasurer: Jana Heyd (2019-2020)

Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson*

Young Lawyer Liaison: Johnathan Preshaw* (2019-2021)

Legislative Liaison: Bailey Zydek (2019-2020)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator
Shawn Sant (2019-2020)

Dependency & Child Welfare Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
James Richardson (2019-2020)
Megan Valentine (2019-2020)

Civil Legal Needs Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Meghan Casey (2019-2020)
Pam Lamica (2019-2020)

Juvenile Offender Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Hillary Madsen (2019-2020)
Hal Palmer (2019-2020)

At-Large Members
Laura Baird

Law School Representatives
Vacant

* Non-voting member

The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings from noon to 1 pm on the 12th of each month, except when the 12th falls on a weekend. When the 12th falls on a Saturday, it is held on the 11th, and when the 12th falls on a Sunday, it is held on the 13th. You may attend by phone by calling 641-715-3580 and using the passcode 928-735. Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, contact the section co-chair Jill Malat.