Updated: Sept. 20, 2023

Family Law Section

The Family Law Section is the principal statewide organization of family law attorneys, and is one of the most active sections in the WSBA. The Section is devoted to improving the profession and practice of family law, to the benefit of its members and other family law professionals, the judiciary, and the general public.

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The Family Law Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Events

Executive Committee


Upcoming Events

NEW! WSBA Family Law Section Annual Fall Seminar: The New Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act

Register Now for In-Person or Webcast!

Presented in partnership with the WSBA Family Law Section

Join us for a full day of training and valuable presentations by expert clinicians in: child development, child and juvenile mental health, identifying domestic violence, child abuse, and trauma-informed practices. Leave with useful updates, information and practice tips from distinguished and experienced family law experts. This program satisfies 7 CLE credits for topics in 2024 UFLAA requirements.

Seminar Agenda

When: Oct. 27, 2023

Time: 8:25 a.m.–5:15 p.m. PDT

Where: Washington State Bar Association, 1325 4th Ave, Ste 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539

1.00 Law & Legal Procedure
6.50 Other

$240 - Family Law Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$275 - Standard/Non-Section Members
$275 - Join the Section [add the Related Items Family Law Section membership ($35) to your cart during checkout and register at the Section member rate ($240)]
$240 - New Members*
*New Members who have been admitted to practice in Washington for fewer than five years are eligible to receive the new member tuition. Note: the store will automatically discount your registration during checkout.

Commissioner Jacqueline Jeske (Ret.) , Jeske Dispute Resolution LLC, Woodinville, WA

Judge Janet Helson, King County Superior Court, Seattle, WA
Commissioner Mark Hillman, King County Superior Court, Seattle, WA
Commissioner Jacqueline Jeske (Ret.), Jeske Dispute Resoluntion LLC, Woodinville, WA
Mark Adams, MA, LMHC, Anger Control Treatment & Therapies, Tukwila, WA
Jennifer Keilin, MSW, LICSW, Social Worker, Bellevue, WA
Teresa McNally, The Law Office of Teresa C. McNally PLLC, Seattle, WA
Dr. Tracee Parker, PsyD, Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence, Seattle, WA
Cheryll Russell, Russell Mediation, Bellevue, WA
Dr. Jennifer Tininenko, PhD, EBTCS, Seattle, WA
Dr. Jennifer Wheeler, PhD, Pacific Evaluation, Consultation & Treatment Services, PLLC, Seattle WA

7:45 a.m. In-person Registration Opens
8:10 a.m. Webcast Login Opens
8:25 a.m. Program Begins
12:30–1 p.m. Lunch (hosted for in-person)
5:15 p.m. Adjourn

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Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Family 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.

At-Large Member: three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2023, and ending Sept. 30, 2026.

Amber Bighorse

Christopher Fox

La Vonna Jones

Dawn Sydney

Laura Yelish

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


Executive Committee

Chair: Elizabeth Helm (2022-2023)

Chair-ElectTamara Garrison (2022-2023)

SecretaryKimberly Loges (2022-2023)

Treasurer: Shelley Brandt (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Jacqueline Jeske (2022-2023)

Legislative Liaison*: Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2023)

Section Liaison to the BOG*: Nancy Hawkins (2022-2023)

Webmaster*: Alan Funk

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Vacant 

Board of Governors Liaison*: Sunitha Anjilvel (2022-2023) and  Kari Petrasek (2022-2023)

*Nonvoting member


Chris Fox (2020-2023) 
Deborah Bianco (2020-2023) 
Cynthia Buhr (2020-2023)
La Vonna Jones (2020-2023)
Dawn Sydney (2020-2023)
Shelley Brandt (2021-2024)
Stephen Foster (2021-2024)
Tamara Garrison (2021-2024)
Jacqueline Jeske (2021-2024) 
Boaz Weintraub (2021-2024)
Patrick Rawnsley (2022-2025)
E. Susan O'Toole (2022-2025)
Kimberly Loges (2022-2025)
Tonilynn Savage (2022-2025)
Mei Shih (2022-2025)



Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations. Family Law Section Executive Committee meetings are held by video conference only with prior notice to the whole Executive Committee, and only when authorized by the chair or chair-elect. If you'd like to participate in a meeting, please contact the chair.

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Join Our List Serve

The section's list serve is administered by the Family Law Section. To join the list serve, please contact and forward proof of membership to Alan Funk at asf@wechslerbecker.com. For general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to sections@wsba.org.