Updated: April 5, 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.

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Become a Section Leader: Nominations for Section Executive Committee Open Now!

WSBA Sections provide professional development, education and community through CLEs, events, newsletters, list serve forums and active involvement with the state legislature. Each section is run by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and the collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals (even opposing counsel) in a goal-orientated setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

The Juvenile Law Section is seeking to fill positions on the Section Executive Committee. If interested, please review the below information and log-in to your MyWSBA profile, select My Profile, and finally select ‘Apply for a Section Executive Committee’ to complete the nomination application. A candidate statement and/or résumé may be requested on the application.

Application Information
Nomination Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018

Eligibility
Current Juvenile Law Section members and WSBA members that are active in good standing may apply to serve on the Section Executive Committee

Open Positions & Terms
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.

  • Co-Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Co-Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Legislative Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Juvenile Offender Committee (two open positions): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Dependency & Child Welfare Committee (two open positions): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Civil Legal Needs Committee (two open positions): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • CLE Coordinator/Publications Editor: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • At-Large Member (three open positions): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Law Student Member (three open positions): one-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.

Alternate Nomination Process
Per WSBA Bylaws, Sections also have alternate nominations processes, should you miss the deadline to apply online. For the Juvenile Law Section, all eligible candidates that applied through electronic nomination process will go on the ballot. 

Election Information
Section Executive Committee elections will begin on or around May 1, 2018, and be conducted electronically.

Questions? Want to Learn More?
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Please consider joining one of our committees

  • Dependency/Child Welfare 
  • Civil Legal Needs 
  • Juvenile Offender  
  • Legislative  


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-ChairDaewoo Kim (2016-2018)
Co-Chair: Rachel Rappaport (2018)
Secretary/Treasurer: Jana Heyd (2018)
BOG LiaisonBrian Tollefson*
Young Lawyer Liaison: Danielle Purcell* (2017-2018) 

Legislative Liaison

Dan Ophardt (2015-2018)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator

Tara Urs (2018)

Child Welfare Sub-Committee Co-Chairs

Betsy Ensign (2018)
Jill Malat (2018)

Civil Legal Needs Sub-Committee Co-Chairs

Lindsay Lennox (2016-2018)
Bonnie Linville (2016-2018)

Juvenile Offender Sub-Committee Co-Chairs

Amy Jones (2018)
Shawn Sant (2015-2018)

At-Large Members

Brandon Stallings (2015-2018)
Lauren Kirigin (2015-2018)

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, Daewoo Kim and Rachel Rappaport.