Updated: Nov. 23, 2022

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



Executive Committee

Chair: Nic Doherty (2022-2023)

Chair-ElectSean Dong (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair:  Peder Punsalan-Teigen (2022-2023) 

Treasurer: Jonathan McCoy (2022-2023) 

SecretarySam Gouveia (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*Kevin Fay (2022-2023) and Brent Williams-Ruth (2022-2023)

At-Large Members

Joann Pheasant (2021-2023)
Mike Ryan (2021-2023)
Sara Epler (2022-2024)
Sierra Ogasawara (2022-2024)
Dean Petitta (2022-2024)

*Nonvoting member

The WSBA LGBT Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings via Zoom 4-5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 949 8944 4672
Passcode: 503653


Join Our List Serve

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 Nic Doherty.

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