Updated: March 18, 2021

Senior Lawyers Section

Welcome to the Rank of Senior Lawyer

The Senior Lawyers Section is geared toward lawyers aged 55 years and counting or who have been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years. The section hosts an annual meeting and CLE program, social activities, and a newsletter. CLE programs focus on issues such as ethics, computer use, retirement strategies, and appellate procedures.

Pursuant to the section's bylaws, anyone may join the section, although section leadership and voting privileges are limited to active member of the Washington State Bar Association 55 years of age or older or who has been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years may be enrolled as a member of the section upon request and payment of annual section dues. Additionally, in accordance with the bylaws of the WSBA, law students may join the section as nonvoting subscriber members. 

For those of you who are not already members of the Senior Lawyers Section, consider joining this enthusiastic group by signing up now. In the words of past Chairman Fred Frederickson, "We have the best time of any section in the Association. Our longtime friends and compatriots at the Bar have much to offer each other."

The section's publication, Life Begins, is geared toward active senior lawyers. Section members are encouraged to submit articles of general interest and on legal issues.

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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications: 

  • Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
  • At-Large Member (nine positions open): 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.

Nomination Process: Each year, the executive committee shall appoint two of its committee members and one other person to serve as its nominating committee.  All applicants will apply through an electronic process administered by the Washington State Bar Association. The executive committee will also have an alternative process to allow for nominations to occur outside of the nominating committee process. The nominating committee shall nominate one or more members of the Section for each office and position up for annual election.

Alternate Nomination Process: A Section member may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else during a meeting within the nomination timeline. The Nominating Committee will inform the nominee of consideration.

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.

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.


Announcing the latest issue of Life Begins, the Senior Lawyers Section newsletter!

Winter 2020–2021 — Read it here.

Upcoming Webinar! Strategies for Successfully Representing Asylum Seekers

Noon–1:30 pm, April 9, 2021

Applying her immigration law experience in private practice and as a former Staff Attorney with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Miriam will discuss legal strategies to craft a winning asylum case. She will also discuss recent and anticipated changes to asylum law and policy under the Biden administration and will provide resources for lawyers interested in volunteering with asylum cases.

Miriam Korngold - Korngold Law, Seattle

Register here

Webinar: Got Food? How Law and Technology Will Impact What is on Your Plate

Washington farms are at a pivot point. Many farms are looking to the future and developing and adopting new technologies and processes to remain viable.  However, possible farming solutions must also comply with numerous laws and regulations including wage and hour, food safety, H-2A visas, and even FFA regulations. Join us for a lively discussion of developments in agriculture and agriculture law.

Sarah Wixson

Webinar: The Impact on Legal Ethics of Emerging Expectations Regarding Gender, Sex, and Race

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

No matter what your personal politics, your failure to understand and act consistent with the current gender, sex and racial paradigms will put your license at risk. The course will cover current RPCs and other rules followed by a discussion of exposure both from a disciplinary and professional reputation aspect.

Kurt Bulmer
, Attorney at Law

Section List Serve

General instructions

  • This is a "closed" list serve, which means it is not open to anyone not currently subscribed. Only current subscribers of the list serve can receive/send email to the list serve.
  • Please note that the name of the list serve will be automatically added before the subject line of your message. The list name will appear in brackets. This allows you to use the list serve name as a filter when receiving email messages and setting up rules that you use to manage your email folders.
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  • If you have questions about the list serve, please contact sections@wsba.org.

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WSBA Member Benefits

Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including professional liability insurance and Casemaker? You can also find group medical insurance plans can be found through a broker and individual plans can be found through a broker or on the Exchange.

Visit the Practice Management Discount Network for a more comprehensive list. For more information about WSBA benefits, please contact lomap@wsba.org

Executive Committee

ChairEleanor Doermann

SecretaryAlbert Armstrong III

Treasurer: Ronald E. Thompson

Immediate Past Chairs:

Brian Comstock
Carole Grayson

Newsletter Contact, "Life Begins":
Eleanor Doermann

Board of Governors Liaison*Tom McBride

Committee Members

Brian Comstock
Stephen DeForest
Joseph Gordon
Carole Grayson
Scott Osborne
Jim Riehl
Morris Shore
Jeanine Lutzenhiser

Philip H. De Turk*
Frederick Frederickson*

*Nonvoting member


The Executive Committee of the Senior Lawyers Sections meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except December, July, and August) 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings have taken place at the Broadmoor Golf Club, 2340 Broadmoor Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112, but are currently being held virtually via Zoom.

Please contact Eleanor Doermann for further details on upcoming meetings.

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, please contact the section Chair Eleanor Doermann.