Updated: Sept. 10, 2021

LGBT Law Section

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Law Section strives to:

  • Support understanding among WSBA members of the legal needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents of Washington
  • Assist LGBT residents and those who represent them
  • Better understand how their legal needs can be met
  • Support research, education, and collaboration by section members on issues of sexual orientation and gender identification
  • Promote the study of LGBT law and report on changing law and regulations as they affect LGBT people and communities
  • Assist in legislative work undertaken within the scope of GR 12
  • Act as a liaison between the WSBA, its Board of Governors, LGBT organizations, and the public

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!  

Below are the results of the LGBT Law Section Executive Committee election.  Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws.  Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-elect: 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

Samantha Gouveia

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Jonathan McCoy

At-Large Member (two positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023

Joann Pheasant

Mike Ryan     

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

ChairsKelsey Kittleson

Chair-ElectPeder Punsalan-Teigen

Immediate Past Chair: Dennis Cronin 

TreasurerKenneth Wells

SecretarySam Gouveia

Young Lawyer Liaison*Jesse Taylor (2020-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*:
Brent Williams-Ruth (2020-2021)

At-Large Members
Justin Bingham (2019-2021)
Amy Phillips (2019-2021)
Catherine Hardison (2020-2022)
Sierra Ogasawara (2020-2022)
Megan Dawson (2020-2022)

*Nonvoting member

The WSBA LGBT Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings 4$ndash;5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. You may attend by phone by calling 866-577-9294 and using the passcode 5016523#. Please contact committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

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To join the section list serve and for general 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 Section Chair Kelsey Kittleson.