Updated: June 2, 2023

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.

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Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 5-19, 2023. All voting members of the Section will be sent an electronic ballot from Survey Monkey via email on June 5, 2023.

Candidate Information, Open Positions, and Terms
For more information about the Section and its executive committee, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by position.

At-Large Member Position 5 – King County
One position open. 2-year term: Oct. 1, 2023Sept. 30, 2025.

Candidate: Christina Henry | Statement of Interest

At-Large Member Position 7 – Southern Division of Western District
One position open. 2-year term: Oct. 1, 2023Sept. 30, 2025.

Candidate: Thomas Dashiell | Statement of Interest

At-Large Member Position 8 – Eastern District
One position open. 2-year term: Oct. 1, 2023Sept. 30, 2025.

Candidate: Rebecca Sheppard | Statement of Interest

At-Large Member Position 9 – Western District
One position open. 2-year term: Oct. 1, 2023Sept. 30, 2025.

Candidate 1: Peter Arkison | Statement of Interest

Candidate 2: David Neu | Statement of Interest

Questions? Email sections@wsba.org.

The Fall 2022 Newsletter Is Out Now!

Read it here.

New! Creditor Debtor Rights Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The Creditor Debtor Rights Section recognizes the importance for all individuals to have access to legal services. Many Section members are actively involved in making their expertise available to low-income individuals, both through direct representation and/or educational programs. While financial constraints and/ or other limitations may deter individuals from seeking legal services, it is important that community services exist to assist with such issues. Established in 2004, the purpose of the Creditor Debtor Rights Section’s Grant Program is to provide financial assistance to the ongoing operation of community service and legal aid programs.

Deserving organizations are encouraged to complete the current grant application form and submit it to the Grant Program Chair by Nov. 14, 2022. A copy of the application can be found below:

Creditor Debtor Rights Grant Application 2022-2023

Congratulations to the following 2022-2023 grant recipients:

  • Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services
  • Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid

Executive Committee

ChairBruce Medeiros (2022-2024)

Chair-Elect: Todd Tracy (2022-2024)

Secretary/TreasurerJennifer Faubion (2022-2024)

Immediate Past ChairWilliam Malaier (2022-2024)

Young Lawyer Liaison*Nicole Springstroh (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden (2022-2023) and  Erik Kaeding (2022-2023)

Pos. 1 Eastern District 
Jody McCormick (2022-2024)

Pos. 2 Eastern District
Darren Digiacinto (2022-2024)

Pos. 3 Northern Division of Western District
Sallye Quinn (2022-2024)

Pos. 4 King County
Michael Sperry (2022-2024)

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

Pos. 6 Southern Division of Western District
Russell Garrett (2022-2024)

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*
Steve Linkon (2021-2023)

*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  Bruce Medeiros.


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