Family Law Section

Washington State Bar Association


The WSBA Family Law Section is the only statewide organization of family law attorneys, and is one of the most active sections in the State Bar. Membership in the section offers many benefits:

  • Email List Discussions: The Family Law Section maintains a members-only Yahoo! Group list serve devoted to discussion of family law topics. Members can ask questions, pose hypotheticals and solicit advice or assistance from their colleagues across the state. Discussion is lively and informative, and participants benefit from the shared knowledge and expertise of the group. The Section also maintains a second members-only Yahoo!Group for discussion of topics of interest to our members that are not specifically related to family law. Discussion on that list ranges from technology and automation tips to commentary on recent events. Attorney members (only) may contact Douglas Becker at to request an invitation and instructions for joining either or both groups.

  • Forms and Resources: The Family Law Section’s primary Yahoo! Group also includes an extensive collection of customized forms, questionnaires, briefs, articles, trial aids and other practice resources. Perhaps best of all, members have access to QuickCites (sample), a compendium of case summaries and citations about all things family law, maintained and regularly updated by Douglas Becker.

  • Newsletter: The Family Law Section publishes a newsletter containing in-depth articles about family law topics, news about the section, and other topics of interest to the membership. As of Spring 2011, the Newsletter is e-published (only), and past issues will be archived for later access and retrieval.

  • Hotsheet: The Family Law Section publishes a mini-newsletter on an as-needed basis to provide members with information about quickly developing topics, particularly during the legislative session. In conjunction with the Hotsheet, the Section will periodically poll the membership for feedback on specific issues in order to formulate a position.

  • CLEs: Family Law Section members receive discounts on the tuition for Section-sponsored CLEs. This benefit alone can exceed the cost of membership in the Section. The Section conducts two or three CLEs most years, including the “Skills Training Institute” focused on honing the practice skills of practitioners who might be new to or returning to the practice of family law.

  • Contacts: Membership in the Family Law Section puts you in touch with other family law attorneys and professionals across the state.

  • Member Pages: Still lean, but definitely destined to grow, the Member Pages (member login required) on this website provide Section members access to the Newsletter and Hotsheet, and to other news and resources of interest to Section members.