Tuesday, April 30, 2013

WSBA Seeking Student Representative

The Juvenile Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is seeking a new Seattle University student representative to start this summer!

As of graduation on May 18, there will be a student representative position open on Executive Committee of the Juvenile Law Section which is part of the WSBA. For more information on the section, read the section’s purpose (at the end of this email) or feel free to contact the current Seattle University student representative, Blythe Phillips, at philli23@seattleu.edu.

The time commitment for this position is quite small. The executive committee meets once a month by phone conference and twice yearly in person: the annual meeting and the annual retreat.  In recent history, the in-person meetings have been held in Seattle.  The law student members contribute by offering a law student perspective on matters before the executive committee, passing information of interest from the executive committee on to the student body, and finding content for the section newsletter. The position is ex officio – students do not vote on anything before the committee.

This is a great opportunity to connect with practitioners around the state, to keep current on issues that are important to youth advocacy, and to become a part of section-sponsored events. To be eligible for the executive committee, the student is required to join the juvenile law section. The current cost for student membership is $17.75. This fee is paid yearly. Student representatives’ terms end at graduation.

Applications are due May 18, 2013. Please send a resume and a statement of interest to Paul Alig at paul.alig@teamchild.org and to Chori Folkman at cfolkman@tulaliptribes-nsn.gov.

Juvenile Law Section Bylaw  1.2 Purpose:
The Juvenile Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association will provide a forum to discuss issues of concern and act as an agent of change to improve the law and practice related to civil and criminal matters involving children and youth in Washington State. This section will welcome advocates from all interested disciplines and a variety of fields of law, including juvenile justice, child welfare and those who represent youth in civil legal practice.