Updated: June 3, 2022

Juvenile Law Section

The Juvenile Law Section provides an opportunity for legal professionals who work with juveniles and their families in child welfare and juvenile justice to meet together and work collaboratively on issues facing their clients. Areas of legal practice the section addresses include child welfare, juvenile justice, status offenses, immigration as it relates to children and families, truancy, at-risk youth and children in need of services proceedings, as well as a variety of civil legal needs of youth. The Section welcomes advocates from all interested disciplines and a variety of fields of law, including juvenile justice, child welfare, and those who represent youth in civil legal practice.

The Section provides benefits to members by sponsoring an annual CLE focusing on current developments in the area of juvenile law. The Section also acts as an agent of change to improve the law and practice related to civil and criminal matters involving children and youth in Washington state. 

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Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 6–19, 2022.

Candidate information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Section and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.

Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Candidate: Bailey Zydek

Secretary/Treasurer: partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.

     Candidate: Matthew Macklin

Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

     Candidate: Marci Comeau

At-Large Member (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

    Candidate 1: Michael Addams

    Candidate 2: Kari Petrasek

CLE/Outreach Coordinator: partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.

    Candidate: Chori Folkman

CLE/Outreach Coordinator: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

    Candidate: Roxanne Menes

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

    Candidate: James Richardson

Civil Legal Needs Committee Chair: partial-year term ending Sept. 30, 2022.

    Candidate: Rachel da Silva

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chair (two positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

    Candidate: Rachel da Silva

 

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

Co-ChairMichael Addams (2021-2022) 

Co-Chair: vacant

Secretary/Treasurer: Matt Macklin (2020-2021)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brett Purtzer (2021-2022)

Young Lawyer Liaison: vacant

Legislative Committee ChairBailey Zydek (2021-2022) 

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
Chori Folkman (2020-2021)

 

* Nonvoting member

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chairs:
James Richardson (2021-2022) 
Marci Comeau (2021-2022)

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chairs:
vacant

Juvenile Justice Committee Co-Chairs:
Geraldine Coleman (2021-2022)

At-Large Members:
Kari Petrasek 

Law School Representatives*:
Vacant

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 Michael Addams .