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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

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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.


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Updated: July 8, 2022

Creditor Debtor Rights Section

The Creditor Debtor Rights Section encourages the research, study, and initiation of proposals for changes and reforms in all areas of law that may impact the creditor/debtor relationship. The Section aids and educates members and the public by reviewing pending legislation and development of proposed statutory enactments to improve and to facilitate the administration of justice. Section members represent a diverse array of individuals and businesses who are debtors, debtors-in-possession, secured and unsecured creditors, creditors' committees, receivers, trustees, asset purchasers, and examiners in all facets of creditor-debtor law.

The Section provides benefits to members by developing resources, including a newsletter and bankruptcy case law digest, and sponsoring several CLEs each year. Since 2004, the Section has maintained an annual grants program to financially assist community service programs statewide that provide legal services in the area of creditor/debtor law.

Annual Report  |  Budget  |  Bylaws  |  Year in Review   |  Resources  |  Newsletters

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Creditor Debtor Rights 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.

Pos. 1 Eastern District: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

     Jody McCormick

Pos. 2 Eastern District: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

     Darren Digiacinto

Pos. 3 Northern Division of Western District: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024. 

     Sallye Quinn

Pos. 4 King County: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.   

     Michael Sperry

Pos. 6 Southern Division of Western District: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.  

     Russ Garrett 

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


The Fall 2021 Newsletter Is Out Now!

Read it here.


Comments Request: Proposed Receivership Act Revisions

The current Washington Receivership Act was enacted in 2004. After 15 years of practice under the Act, the Creditor Debtor Section convened a Receivership Task Force to review the current Washington Receivership Act and to propose possible amendments to the Act based upon practice experience.

The Receivership Task Force represented all constituencies in the receivership process and was comprised of Aimee Willig (Seattle), Barry Davidson (Spokane), Dominique Scalia (Seattle), Douglas Cameron (Seattle), Jennifer Faubion (Seattle), Kevin Hanchett (Seattle) and Shelly Ripley (Spokane), Steven Reilly (Seattle). 

After several meetings, the Task Force has drafted proposed amendments to the Washington Receivership Act. 

Comment Request Memo

Proposed Amendment to RCW 61.24.030

Proposed Amendment to RCW 7.60.130 (Cannabis Cases)

Proposed Amendment to RCW 7.60 Receivers

If you have any comments on the proposed amendments, please forward them to Todd Tracy at todd@thetracylawgroup.com or 1601 Fifth Ave., Suite 610, Seattle, WA, 98101. Comments should be received by Dec. 31, 2020. 


Grants Program

Historically, the CD Section has allocated a meaningful portion of its net revenue (derived primarily from its CLE sponsorship and production efforts) to fund grants to non-profits operating in the arena of consumer protection and insolvency law. The amount of money offered each year varies with the budget cycle.

Congratulations to the following 2019–2020 grant recipients:

  • Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Lavender Rights Project

Executive Committee

Officers serve two-year terms.

ChairWilliam Malaier, Jr. (2020-2022) 

Chair-ElectBruce Medeiros (2020-2022) 

Secretary/TreasurerTodd Tracy (2020-2022) 

Immediate Past ChairKevin O'Rourke (2020-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: vacant

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden (2021-2022) 

Pos. 1 Eastern District 
Brian Walker (2020-2022)

Pos. 2 Eastern District
Darren Digiacinto (2020-2022)

Pos. 3 Northern Division of Western District
Sallye Quinn (2020-2022)

Pos. 4 King County
Jennifer Faubion (2020-2022)

Pos. 5 King County
Christina Henry (2021-2023)

Pos. 6 Southern Division of Western District
Russell Garrett (2020-2022)

Pos. 7 Southern Division of Western District
Thomas Dashiell  (2021-2023) 

Pos. 8 Eastern Division At-Large
David Kazemba (2021-2023) 

Pos. 9 Western District At-Large
Jacob DeGraaff (2021-2023) 

Newsletter Editorial Board Members*
Chris Young
Steve Linkon
Steven Reilly

*Nonvoting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.


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To join the Section list serve and for general questions, please contact sections@wsba.org. For questions about the Section and to get involved, please contact Section Chair William Malaier, Jr.

Questions?

Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.