Juvenile Law Section
The Juvenile Law Section provides an opportunity for legal professionals who work with juveniles and their families in child welfare and juvenile justice to meet together and work collaboratively on issues facing their clients. Areas of legal practice the section addresses include child welfare, juvenile justice, status offenses, immigration as it relates to children and families, truancy, at-risk youth and children in need of services proceedings, as well as a variety of civil legal needs of youth. The Section welcomes advocates from all interested disciplines and a variety of fields of law, including juvenile justice, child welfare, and those who represent youth in civil legal practice.
The Section provides benefits to members by sponsoring an annual CLE focusing on current developments in the area of juvenile law. The Section also acts as an agent of change to improve the law and practice related to civil and criminal matters involving children and youth in Washington state.
Annual Report | Budget | Bylaws | Year in Review | Elections | CLE Recordings | Meeting Minutes | Executive Committee Biographies
The Juvenile Law Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.
Check back for the latest information about upcoming events and programs the Juvenile Law Section is offering.
Check back soon for information regarding the Awards/Scholarships that the Juvenile Law Section offers.
A full list of member benefits is coming soon!
Warm Hand Off List
Hello Juvenile Law Section Members! Below is a list of attorneys working in various fields that frequently overlap with juvenile law. Please reach out to them for a nudge in the right direction on related issues in one of your cases or for general questions if you're interested in joining the field.
Remember that these folks are volunteers, so please be respectful of their time and assistance.
Please let the Young Lawyer Liaison for the Juvenile Law Section know if there is an area not listed here for which you need help finding a volunteer question-answerer or if you are that willing volunteer!
|Employment law for minors:
|Tort law for minor plaintiffs:
|Criminal law for minor defendants:
|Trustee law for minor trustees:
|Guardianship for minors:
|Civil Rights law for minor plaintiffs:
Chair: James M. Richardson III (2023-2024)
Chair-Elect: Bailey Zydek (2023-2024)
Immediate Past-Chair: Bailey Zydek (2023-2024)
Secretary/Treasurer: Marci Comeau (2023-2024)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Anastasia Blakley (2023-2025)
Board of Governors Liaison*: Kari Petrasek (2023-2024)
* Nonvoting member
To learn more about your Executive Committee Members, check out the Biographies page.
Civil Legal Needs Committee Co-Director:
Juvenile Justice Committee Co-Director:
Legislative Committee Co-Director:
Law School Representatives*: TBD
Executive Committee Meetings
The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings by videoconference from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Meetings are hosted on Zoom and are open to all section members and members of the public.
See the Juvenile Law Section's event calendar listing for log-in information. Please contact subcommittee members for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.
Join Our List Serve
To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, contact the section Co-Chair Jim Richardson.