Updated: March 19, 2021

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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Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications: 

  • Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Dependency and Child Welfare Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Juvenile Offender Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Legislative Committee Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • CLE/Outreach Coordinator: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and 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: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and letter of support 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.

Nomination Process: Any section member may nominate a candidate and can also nominate himself/herself/themselves.

Alternate Nomination Process: All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee. A section member may nominate another member by emailing Jana Heyd at jana@heydlaw.com. If materials (resume, statement of interest, etc.) are required, the nominator is required to submit those materials. All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions? 
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

Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2020-2021)

Co-Chair: vacant

Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Addams (2020-2021)

Board of Governors Liaison*:  Brett Purtzer (2020-2021)

Young Lawyer LiaisonJohnathan Preshaw (2019-2021)

Legislative Committee ChairBailey Zydek (2020-2021)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
vacant (2020-2021)

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chairs:
James Richardson (2020-2021)
Megan Valentine (2020-2021)

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chairs:
Meghan Casey (2020-2021)
Laura Baird (2020-2021)

Juvenile Offender Committee Co-Chairs:
Hillary Madsen (2020-2021)
Hal Palmer (2020-2021)

At-Large Members:
Jennie Cowan

Law School Representatives*:
Vacant

* Nonvoting member

The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings by videoconference from noon to 1 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month. See event calendar listing for log-in  information. 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.