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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 sections@wsba.org or call 800-945-9722.


WSBA Sections

 

Updated: July 22, 2022

LGBT Law Section

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Law Section strives to:

  • Support understanding among WSBA members of the legal needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents of Washington
  • Assist LGBT residents and those who represent them
  • Better understand how their legal needs can be met
  • Support research, education, and collaboration by section members on issues of sexual orientation and gender identification
  • Promote the study of LGBT law and report on changing law and regulations as they affect LGBT people and communities
  • Assist in legislative work undertaken within the scope of GR 12
  • Act as a liaison between the WSBA, its Board of Governors, LGBT organizations, and the public

 


Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the LGBT Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting! 

For more information about the Section and its executive committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-elect: remainder of current term ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Nic Doherty 

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

Jonathan McCoy 

At-Large Member: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024. 

Sara Epler 

Sierra Ogasawara 

Dean Petitta 

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org


Executive Committee

Chair: Peder Punsalan-Teigen (2021-2022)

Chair-ElectNic Doherty

Immediate Past Chair: Kelsey Kittleson (2021-2022) 

Treasurer: Jonathan McCoy (2021-2022) 

SecretarySam Gouveia (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*Jesse Taylor (2020-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brent Williams-Ruth (2021-2022)

At-Large Members
Joann Pheasant (2021-2023)

Mike Ryan (2021-2023)

Catherine Hardison (2020-2022)

Sierra Ogasawara (2020-2022)

Megan Dawson (2020-2022)

*Nonvoting member

The WSBA LGBT Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings via Zoom from 4-5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

Zoom meeting link
Meeting ID: 949 8944 4672
Passcode: 503653


Join Our List Serve

To join the section list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Peder Punsalan-Teigen.