Connect with Peers and Practitioners through WSBA's 29 Sections

Join Now

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.

Member Benefits

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 or call 800-945-9722.

WSBA Sections


Updated: Jan. 6, 2023

Family Law Section

The Family Law Section is the principal statewide organization of family law attorneys, and is one of the most active sections in the WSBA. The Section is devoted to improving the profession and practice of family law, to the benefit of its members and other family law professionals, the judiciary, and the general public.

Annual Report   |   Budget  |  Bylaws  |  Year in Review

Join Now

Executive Committee

Chair: Elizabeth Helm (2022-2023)

Chair-ElectTamara Garrison (2022-2023)

SecretaryKimberly Loges (2022-2023)

Treasurer: Shelley Brandt (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Jeske (2022-2023)

Legislative Liaison*: Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2023)

Section Liaison to the BOG*: Nancy Hawkins (2022-2023)

Webmaster*: Alan Funk

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Sunitha Anjilvel (2022-2023) and Kari Petrasek (2022-2023)

*Nonvoting member


Chris Fox (2020-2023) 
Deborah Bianco (2020-2023) 
Cynthia Buhr (2020-2023)
La Vonna Jones (2020-2023)
Dawn Sydney (2020-2023)
Shelley Brandt (2021-2024)
Stephen Foster (2021-2024)
Tamara Garrison (2021-2024)
Jacqueline Jeske (2021-2024) 
Boaz Weintraub (2021-2024)
Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2025)
E. Susan O'Toole (2022-2025)
Kimberly Loges (2022-2025)
Tonilynn Savage (2022-2025)
Mei Shih (2022-2025)

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations. Family Law Section Executive Committee meetings are held by video conference only with prior notice to the whole Executive Committee, and only when authorized by the Chair or Chair-Elect. If you'd like to participate in a meeting, please contact the Chair.

Join Our List Serve

The section's list serve is administered by the Family Law Section. To join the list serve, please contact and forward proof of membership to Alan Funk at For general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to