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.
Join us! Annual CLE and Meeting in Tri-Cities
The Justice System for Children in Eastern Washington and Beyond
When: Friday, Oct. 11, 9:15 a.m.– 3 p.m.
Where: Pasco Police Dept. Training Center, 204 W. Clark St., Pasco, WA
CLE Credits: 5 Credits, pending approval
Cost: Free to section members; $35 to others (or free if you join the section)
- Youth Courts: A New Approach for Spokane's Youth Clients
- Ethical Issues in the Child Welfare Practice, Case Law Update
- Immigrant Youth in Washington, An Update
- The Criminalization of Youth and the School/Foster Care Prison Pipeline
- Dependency Youth and the Interstate Placement of Children Compact
Lunch is provided, sponsored by the section. Check out the event flyer and agenda
Register by email to Jana.Heyd@opd.wa.gov.
Please consider joining one of our committees
Civil Legal Needs
The Executive Committee has a monthly conference call held at noon on the 12th of every 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.
To join the monthly conference call, dial: 641-715-3580
Access code: 928-735
Co-Chair: Jill Malat (2019-2020)
Secretary/Treasurer: Jana Heyd (2019-2020)
Board of Governors Liaison: Brian Tollefson*
Young Lawyer Liaison: Johnathan Preshaw* (2019-2021)
Legislative Liaison: Vacant
Juvenile Offender Sub-Committee Co-Chairs
Law School Representatives
* Non-voting member
The WSBA Juvenile Law Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the 12th of each month, noon-1 pm. You may attend by phone by calling 641-715-3580 and using the passcode 928-735. Please contact subcommittee member 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, contact the section co-chair Jill Malat.