Updated: Oct. 1, 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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Executive Committee

Co-ChairMichael Addams (2021-2022) 

Co-Chair: vacant

Secretary/Treasurer: vacant 

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

Young Lawyer Liaison: vacant

Legislative Committee ChairBailey Zydek (2021-2022) 

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
vacant (2020-2021)


* Nonvoting member

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

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chairs:

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

At-Large Members:
Kari Petrasek 

Law School Representatives*:


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.