WSBA Juvenile Law Section

The WSBA Juvenile Law Section is open to law students and attorneys interested in juvenile law issues, including child welfare, offender and the civil legal needs of youth.

Gonzaga Law Students Offering Free Help Sealing Juvenile Record A group of students from Gonzaga University School of Law will be holding three clinics over the next six months to help community members seal their juvenile criminal records.

Mentally disabled facing deportation win right to free legal help

Could this landmark ruling open a door to Right to Counsel for children in the immigration system? Immigrants who are too mentally disabled to represent themselves in deportation proceedings are entitled to free legal assistance, a federal judge has ruled .

The real cost of selling juvenile records for pennies per name

This blog piece presents an argument in favor of the juvenile record sealing bill currently in the Senate. After being open to public scrutiny for the past 35 years, most juvenile offender records would be sealed under a bill passed unanimously in the state House and now under consideration in the Senate. - Blog at

Op-ed: Don’t abandon disciplined students

This op-ed piece from February features comments on the consequences of school discipline and access to education from King County Juvenile Judge Helen Halpert and the Executive Director of Washington Appleseed. The funneling of children out of high school and into a life of crime results in huge costs both for society and for kids themselves, according to guest columnists Helen Halpert and Katie Mosehauer.

Elections — Board of Governors — Candidate Forum

Don't forget that the Board of Governors Candidiate Forum is TONIGHT! You can attend online or in person. Last chance to sign up: Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 6 beginning at 5:30 p.m. and plan on joining us for the first-ever WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) Candidate...

[02/25/13]   Please come to the Offender Committee meeting on Thursday, February 28th at 12:00pm at the King County Juvenile Courthouse Room 203- 1211 E. Alder St, Seattle)! We will discuss our plans and goals for the upcoming year. In addition, Kim Ambrose, who is a is a lecturer and supervising attorney for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic (CAYAC) at the University of Washington School of Law, will be joining us to speak about the dissemination of Juvenile court records in Washington State.
If you can not be present in person, please participate via conference call! Dial In Number: 1-626-677-3000 Access Code: #417265

Legislature passes runaway notification bill

On Friday, SB5147, requiring youth shelters to notify parents, state officials, or law enforcement, passed the House 89-7. (It passed the Senate on Jan 30.) The Legislature has passed a measure that requires homeless or runaway shelters to notify parents, state officials or law enforcement of a youth's location.

Op-ed: State should provide attorneys for foster children

The juvenile law section supports HB1285, discussed in the attached op-ed piece. HB1285 would provide children in dependency proceedings with legal representation. Children in Washington’s foster care deserve attorney representation, according to guest columnists Bobbe J. Bridge and Joel Benoliel.

State Supreme Court: Legislature failing at funding of education

As the 2013 session approaches, the Washington Supreme Court tells the legislature to make forward progess on funding increases for K-12 education required by McCleary v. State. The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the state Legislature isn't making enough progress toward finding more money for K-12 education in answer to the court's decision in the McCleary school funding lawsuit.

Exclusionary discipline sends children on wrong path

Pierce County Juvenile Court, its probation department, and its community partners have been nationally recognized for their leadership in reducing the numbers of incarcerated youth! Also noteworthy progress was made in reducing the disproportionate incarceration of minority youth. Exclusionary discipline is a critical issue across the U.S. and there is a lot of work to be done to help our community's young people head down the right path towards becoming successful adults. Pierce County Juvenile Court, its probation department and its community partners have been nationally recognized for their leadership in reducing the numbers of youth who are detained at Remann Hall, our county’s detention facility for youth.



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