Updated: Jan. 20, 2023

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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Executive Committee

Chair: Bailey Zydek (2022-2023)

Chair-Elect: Jim Richardson (2022-2023)

Immediate Past-Chair: Michael Addams (2022-2023

Secretary/Treasurer: Marci Comeau (2022-2023)

Board of Governors Liaison*Kari Petrasek (2022-2023) and Brett Purtzer (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer LiaisonVacant 

Legislative Committee ChairKatherine Kameron (2022-2023)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
Roxanne Mennes (2022-2023)

* Nonvoting member

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chair
Kaelen Brodie (2022-2023)
Nancy Beckford (2022-2023) 

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chair:
Rachel Da Silva (2022-2023)
Gloria Backus (2022-2023)

Juvenile Justice Committee Co-Chairs:
Mandy Rose (2022-2023)

At-Large Members:
Kari Petrasek (2022-2023)
Michael Addams (2022-2023)

Law School Representatives*:
Trisha Del Valle (2022-2023)

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 Bailey Zydek.