Connect with Peers and Practitioners through WSBA's 29 Sections
Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits. Over 10,000 WSBA members currently belong to one or more of the WSBA’s 29 sections. The section membership year begins Jan. 1.
In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:
- List serve communities
- Newsletters, reports, deskbooks, and sourcebooks
- Free and discounted CLEs
- Opportunities to engage in the Washington state legislative process
...and more! Join a Section Today!
Interested in Section Leadership?
Each section is led by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals in a goal-oriented setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.
Executive committee terms begin Oct. 1, 2022, and sections accept applications for the following year in early spring. Consider applying to become a section leader!
For general sections questions, send an email with your Bar number to email@example.com or call 800-945-9722.
Administrative Law Section
The Administrative Law Section serves the interests of public and private sector attorneys who work with state and local government agencies, as well as administrative law judges, hearing officers, review officers, and other judicial personnel.
The Administrative Law Section is involved in all areas of administrative law of interest to Washington lawyers, including Washington State administrative law, federal administrative law, tribal administrative law, and interstate compact administrative law. We recognize that most attorneys in Washington practice some type of administrative law, even if they never directly apply the Washington Administrative Procedure Act. We have written (and regularly update) an administrative law practice manual (an online publication), and the Public Records Act Deskbook. You can order these publications under the “Resources & Deskbooks” section below. View the free publication, Ensuring Equal Access for People with Disabilities-A Guide for Washington Administrative Proceedings (2011).
The section welcomes anyone as a member who has an interest in administrative law. Upon payment of annual dues of only $25, active members of the WSBA may be voting members of the section and anyone else may be a non-voting member of the section and receive section benefits. Our members include:
- Assistant attorneys general
- Administrative adjudicators and individuals who represent private parties or agencies in administrative hearings
- Public agency in-house attorneys
- City attorneys (on private contract as well as municipal employees)
- County prosecutors
- Private practitioners who either contract to represent government entities or represent clients subject to government regulation
- Judicial officials
Benefits of Membership
- Reduced tuition at high-quality section CLE's (at least two per year)
- Three newsletters per year, including summaries of recent administrative law state and federal cases, articles and announcements
- Annual meeting with good food and other special events
- Input into legislative and WSBA proposals as the recognized experts in administrative law
- Contributions to projects benefiting access to justice efforts
- Networking and support in the field of administrative law
Law Students Welcome
The Administrative Law Section welcomes law students! If you are enrolled in law school, join the section as a law student member. Meet lawyers who practice administrative law. Help prepare your own career in administrative law.
New Mentorship Program
The WSBA Admin Law Section invites you to participate in its first annual mentorship program. The mentorship program pairs experienced administrative law attorneys with either new/young attorneys or those beginning careers in administrative law and is designed to provide general career advice and guidance to mentees through a provided curriculum. The program runs just under one year, from April 19, 2022 to March 31, 2023, and we ask that applicants commit at least two (2) hours per month with their paired mentor/mentee. This is an excellent opportunity to network and earn free CLE credits. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must be a member of the Administrative Law Section in order to participate.
Webinar: The Law Concerning Agency Interpretive and Policy Statements – RCW 34.05.230
This webinar will address agency authority under RCW 34.05.230 to issue interpretive and policy statements and case law precedent addressing that provision
Faculty: Bill Pardee, Washington State Board of Tax Appeals
Listen to the Audio (two hours)
This audio is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (May 27, 2022).
Webinar: 2022 Administrative Law Legislative Update
The CLE will cover the 2022 Legislative short session as it related to administrative law. Attendees will learn about new legislation impacting the Open Public Meetings Act, the Public Records Act, certain administrative hearings deadlines, and more.
Faculty: Eileen Keiffer, member at Madrona Law Group PLLC
Listen to the Audio (one hour)
This audio is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for listening for up to one year after the live event date (June 24, 2022).
The Frank Homan Award
Congratulations to Larry Berg, our 2022 Homan Award recipient!
The Frank Homan Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the improvement or application of administrative law.
Only Administrative Law Section members can nominate, but a nominee does not have to be an attorney or a section member.
The award is named for Frank Homan, a dedicated teacher and mentor who was passionate about improving the law. After receiving his law degree from Cleveland State University of Law in 1965, he began practicing in Washington in 1968, serving as an Employment Security Department hearings examiner from 1970 to 1974 and as a senior administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings from 1975 to 1993. He continued to serve as an ALJ pro tem after his retirement in 1993. He was an early proponent for the creation of a central hearings panel, and played an important role in the creation of the Office of Administrative Hearings (RCW 34.12).
Frank was generous with his time and expertise and is well-remembered for his sense of humor, his command of the English language, and his writing style — including his knowledge of legal terminology and history. His commitment to promoting justice for all and the practice of administrative law is the inspiration for the award that bears his name.
2021 – John Gray
2013 – Alan D. Copsey
Archived issues are available to section members upon request. To request an issue, please email email@example.com.
Resources & Deskbooks
Public Records Act Deskbook (order online)
Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual (eBook) (order online)
Chair: Lea Dickerson (2022-2023)
Chair-Elect: Ed Pesik (2022-2023)
Treasurer: Katy Hatfield (2022-2023)
Secretary: Richelle Little (2022-2023)
Immediate Past Chair: Bill Pardee (2022-2023)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Devin Curda (2022-2024)
Robert Rhodes (2020-2023)
Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.
Publications and Practice Manual Committee