Updated: Jan. 27, 2021

Juvenile Law Section

The Juvenile Law Section creates a venue and an opportunity for a broad representation of juvenile justice and child welfare participants to work on systems improvements that impact children, youth and their families. Unlike a bar committee, a bar section allows for broader participation and may include non-lawyer professionals who work with juveniles or on juvenile-justice issues.

The section provides a name that is broad enough to encompass the many different areas of practice involving children and youth. It is intended to be inclusive of defenders, prosecutors, attorneys general, court appointed special advocates, civil legal aid attorneys, judges, service providers and law students to allow for cross-system training and collaboration, which can lead to improved outcomes for young people, their families and the community.

Areas of legal practice the section address include child welfare, juvenile justice, status offenses, immigration as it relates to children and families, truancy, at-risk-youth and child in need of services proceedings, as well as a variety of civil legal needs of youth.

Joining the section for one year involves a $30 membership fee.

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Executive Committee

Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2020-2021)

Co-Chair: vacant

Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Addams (2020-2021)

Board of Governors Liaison*:  Brett Purtzer (2020-2021)

Young Lawyer LiaisonJohnathan Preshaw (2019-2021)

Legislative Committee ChairBailey Zydek (2020-2021)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
vacant (2020-2021)

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Chairs:
James Richardson (2020-2021)
Megan Valentine (2020-2021)

Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Chairs:
Meghan Casey (2020-2021)
Laura Baird (2020-2021)

Juvenile Offender Committee Co-Chairs:
Hillary Madsen (2020-2021)
Hal Palmer (2020-2021)

At-Large Members:
Jennie Cowan

Law School Representatives*:
Vacant

* Nonvoting member

The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings from noon to 1 p.m. on the 12th of each month, except when the 12th falls on a weekend. When the 12th falls on a Saturday, it is held on the 11th, and when the 12th falls on a Sunday, it is held on the 13th. You may attend by phone by calling 641-715-3580 and using the passcode 928-735. Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the section list serve and 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, contact the section co-chair Jill Malat.