Updated: Nov. 20, 2018

Juvenile Law Section

The Juvenile Law Sections 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. Join today.

Annual Report



Section Info Sheet

Please consider joining one of our committees

Dependency/Child Welfare 

Civil Legal Needs 

Juvenile Offender


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee has a monthly conference call held at noon on the 12th of every 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.

To join the monthly conference call, dial: 641-715-3580
Access code: 928-735

Co-Chair: Jana Heyd (2018-2019)

Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2019)

Secretary/Treasurer: Lauren Kirigin (2019)

Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson*

Young Lawyer Liaison: Danielle Purcell* (2017-2019)

Legislative Liaison
Dan Ophardt (2015-2018)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator
Shawn Sant (2019)

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

Civil Legal Needs Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Lindsay Lennox (2018-2019)
Bonnie Linville (2018-2019)

Juvenile Offender Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Angelle Gerl (2018-2019)
Amy Jones (2019)

At-Large Members
Daewoo Kim (2018-2019)
Rachel Rappaport (2018-2019)
April Rivera (2018-2019)

Law School Representatives
Katherine Nyden, University of Washington School of Law* (2016-2019)
Vy Nguyen, Seattle University School of Law* (2016-2019)
Savannah Williams, Seattle University School of Law* (2016-2019)
Jenna Bock, Gonzaga University School of Law* (2017-2019)

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member 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-chairs, Jana Heyd and Jill Malat.