Updated: Sept. 29, 2023

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. 

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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.

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Executive Committee



Upcoming Programs

Check back for the latest information about upcoming events and programs the Juvenile Law Section is offering.

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Executive Committee

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 Liaisons*TBD


* Nonvoting member

At-Large Members:
Kari Petrasek (2023-2024)
Vacant (2023-2024)

CLE/Outreach Coordinator:
Katherine Kameron (2023-2024)

Civil Legal Needs Committee Director:
Katherine Kameron (2023-2024)

Dependency & Child Welfare Committee Co-Directors:
Kaelen H. Brodie (2023-2024)
Nancy Ann Beckford (2023-2024)

Juvenile Justice Committee Director:
Mandy Rose (2023-2024)

Legislative Committee Director:
Jeffrey Bennett Adams (2023-2024)

Law School Representatives*: TBD

The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings by videoconference from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. See the event calendar listing for log-in information. 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 Jim Richardson.

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