Updated: Sept. 11, 2023

Elder Law Section

The Elder Law Section seeks to inform members of the Washington State Bar Association of matters related to representation of older adults, recognizing that these individuals have unique legal needs and may be isolated, ill, or vulnerable to undue influence or exploitation. Issues commonly discussed relate to retirement and estate planning, powers of attorney, guardianship and conservatorship, substitute decision making, private and public long-term care, healthcare financing, and abuse of vulnerable adults.

The Section provides benefits to members through opportunities for education and consultation on issues relevant to elder law practice. Occasional seminars are complemented by the Section's active list serve—an ongoing conversation among members responding to questions and sharing insights. The Section also offers opportunities for serious exploration of systemic problems identified by members and for policy advocacy on issues relating to the administration of justice.

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The Elder 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.

Upcoming Programs

Greenfield Elder Law Internship & Scholarship

Section Membership

Executive Committee & Meeting


Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Elder Law 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: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Nicholas Pleasants

Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Mark Vohr

Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Matthew J. Parker

At-Large Member: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Patrick Erker

Catherine Kardong

Michael J. Longyear

CLE Committee Co-Chair: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

Elizabeth Jennings

Communication Co-Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Carla Calogero

Suzanne Thompson Wininger

Legislative Committee Co-Chair: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2025.

Karen Boxx

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.

Upcoming Programs

NEW! Elder Law - Fall CLE

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Presented in partnership with the WSBA Elder Law Section

Join us online for the Fall CLE. Hear about crucial updates to the SECURE Act, Inherited IRA and Special Needs trusts. Learn strategies for recognizing and combatting compassion fatigue.

When: Sept. 21, 2023

Time: 8:25 a.m.-3p.m. PDT

0.50 Ethics
4.25 Law & Legal Procedure
0.50 Other

$164 - Elder Law Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$199 - Standard/Non-Section Members
$199 - Join the Section
[add the Related Items Elder Law Section Membership ($35) to your cart during checkout and register at the Section Member rate ($164)]Chairs:
Emily Tyson-Shu - Tyson Shu Law, PLLC, Seattle, WA
Nicholas Pleasants - Oseran Hahn P.S., Bellevue, WA

Eric Brunstrom, Aiken, St. Louis & Siljeg, P.S., Seattle, WA
Richard Furman, Aiken, St. Louis & Siljeg, P.S., Seattle, WA
Commissioner Lisa Micheli, Snohomish County Superior Court, Everett, WA
Sarah Moen, Moen Law Offices, P.S., Seattle, WA
Mitch Cory, Kar Tuttle Campbell, Seattle, WA
Darryl Lynch, The Lynch Group of Oppenheimer and Co. Inc., Bellevue, WA
Karen Nakagawa, KHN Law, PLLC, Seattle, WA
Adely Ruiz, Washington State Bar Association, Seattle, WA

Chad Horner, Curran Law Firm, Federal Way, WA

8:10 a.m. Webcast Login Opens
8:25 a.m. Webcast Begins
11:45-12:40 a.m. Lunch
3 p.m. Adjourn

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Section Membership

Who Can Join?

Any active member of the WSBA may join the Elder Law Section at any time. Inactive members and non-members of the WSBA can join as subscribers. This affords professionals in the same field the opportunity to stay current about the law related activities in their field.

What is the Cost?

There are two categories of membership. If you are a member of the WSBA, you pay the lawyer membership fee, currently $35 per year. If you are not an attorney in the state of Washington, you may join as a subscriber, at the same $35-per-year rate. Subscribers receive the newsletters and notices of activities of the section, but they do not have voting status.

How Do I Join?

Join the WSBA Elder Law Section online or contact the WSBA Service Center at 800-945-9722 or 206-443-9722 or email questions@wsba.org

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Greenfield Elder Law Internship and Greenfield Elder Law Scholarship

Over his distinguished 40-year career, attorney Peter Greenfield worked tirelessly on behalf of thousands of seniors living in poverty in Washington. He was also an active member of the WSBA Elder Law Section and following his retirement from Columbia Legal Services in 2010, the Section established the Peter Greenfield Senior Advocacy Scholarship, now known as the Greenfield Elder Law Scholarship. The Greenfield Elder Law Scholarship provides for a summer internship (the "Greenfield Elder Law Internship") in elder law at Northwest Justice Project, a non-profit legal aid organization dedicated to serving very low-income and marginalized populations. Funds for the scholarship, given to a selected student from one of the three Washington law schools, come from Section member donations."


You can donate to the Scholarship online or by mail. Make checks payable to:

Washington State Bar Foundation
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

*Please note "Greenfield Elder Law Scholarship "or "GELS" on your check.

Thank you for your contribution!

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Executive Committee

Chair: Sage Graves Slugic (2022-2023)  

Chair-elect: Ronald St. Hilaire (2022-2023)

Secretary: Elizabeth Jennings (2022-2023)

Treasurer: Matthew Parker (2022-2023) 

Immediate Past Chair: Meredith Grigg (2022-2023) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kari Petrasek (2022-2023) and Brent Williams-Ruth (2022-2023)

*Nonvoting member

At-Large Members
Carla Calogero (2022-2023)
Megan Farr (2022-2023)
Michael Longyear (2022-2023)

Legislative Co-chairs
Carla Higginson (2022-2024) 
Karen Boxx (2021-2023) 

Communications Co-chairs:
Mark Vohr (2022-2023)
Suzanne Thompson Wininger (2022-2023)

CLE Co-chairs:
Nicholas Pleasants (2021-2023)
Emily Tyson-Shu (2022-2024)

Grants Co-chairs*:
Angela Macey-Cushman (2022-2023)
Patrick Erker (2022-2023)

Outreach/Mentorship Co-chairs*:
Nancy Lee (2022-2023)
Miriam Ayoub (2022-2023)

The WSBA Elder Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, from 12:30–1:30 p.m. via video conference. See event calendar for access information or contact a committee member for specific details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, please email inquiries to sections@wbsa.org. To get involved and learn more about the Elder Law Section, please contact Section Chair Sage Graves Slugic.

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