Gov. Tracy Flood
"My goals, personally and professionally, are to increase access to justice and to play a vital role in bringing diversity and inclusion in the WSBA and our communities in Washington state."
Tracy Flood is a Governor At-Large on the WSBA Board of Governors. She is committed to bringing diversity and inclusion to the Washington legal community.
A graduate of Seattle University School of Law, she is an active member of Washington's legal community, including leadership roles with WSBA's Civil Rights Section, Family Law Section, and the Kitsap County Washington Women Lawyers. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her teenage daughter. Tracy is an adjudicator with the Department of Labor, as well as a judge pro tem for the Kitsap County District Court. Learn more about Tracy.
As we approach the end of the 2011–2012 year for the Board of Governors, I would like to recap some of the actions taken by the Governors. My goal is to highlight for you my perspective as a second-year Governor on significant issues and projects, which included:
In addition to the Board meetings are committee meetings, working groups, and task force meetings to which the Governors are assigned. Governors are also liaisons to sections and minority bar associations. These assignments are vital to the effectiveness of the Board meetings.
In June, the annual Bar Leaders/ATJ Conference was held in Yakima. The theme of this year’s conference was “Our New Economic Reality: The Legal Profession’s Role.”
I encourage you to communicate with your Governors — we are eager to hear your thoughts and concerns, as well as ideas you may have to increase the WSBA’s effectiveness and efficiency as we enter the 2012–2013 year.
Now in my second year on the Board of Governors (BOG), I have learned about a great number of opportunities to serve the public and our profession through WSBA committees, boards, task forces and panels, as well as programs like the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project and the Moderate Means Program. I am one of three At-Large Governors on the Board, assigned to represent the state at large rather than a single district. Many of you are aware of my service in Kitsap County and around the state. I would like to encourage each of you to participate in WSBA committees, which provide opportunities to take on challenging work, expand your legal knowledge and leadership skills, and meet lawyers who may become lifetime friends and colleagues, or other volunteer programs. As an attorney from Kitsap County, the experience is invaluable.
The Board of Governors has addressed many significant issues over the last year, including Board approval of Standards for Indigent Defense Services (which have been forwarded to the Supreme Court), the work of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct (ELC) Task Force and the Moderate Means Program, just to name a few. The ELC Task Force is concluding the work of reviewing the ELC and proposing changes. Several recommended rule changes have been voted on, while others have been sent back to the Task Force for further consideration.
The Moderate Means Program, a partnership between the WSBA and Washington’s three law schools (law students screen and refer clients who have signed up to participate), is a statewide lawyer-referral program serving individuals who cannot afford a lawyer but do not qualify for legal aid. To date, the Moderate Means Program has referred more than 90 clients to participating lawyers (client referrals came from the CLEAR line). The Program will be launched to the public more widely after the first of the year.
In November, we held one of the shortest meetings since I began my Board service. The meeting was held in Tacoma, and I had the opportunity to see Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Neil Wachter during the lunch awards, who served on a WSBA committee during my first year. News Flash provides the highlights from that meeting.
If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact the staff liaison for information on upcoming openings and how to apply. Many committees will have openings in the fall of 2012, and the application process will start in January. It is also appropriate to contact the committee chair or the Board of Governors liaison to learn more about the committee's work and express your interest. You may also want to let the BOG member representing your district know of your interest, as BOG members nominate their constituents to serve on specific committees as part of the appointment process. Contact information for the BOG can be found on the WSBA website at http://www.wsba.org/About-WSBA/Governance/Board-of-Governors.
If you are interested in learning more about the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, the Moderate Means Program, or other volunteer opportunities, see the WSBA website at http://www.wsba.org/Legal-Community/Volunteer-Opportunities.
I look forward to working with many of you on WSBA projects and seeing more of you at meetings in the future. I’m sure that you will find this service to be a rewarding experience.
BOG CommitteesAwards CommitteeCommittee on CommitteesBOG Diversity CommitteePersonnel Committee
BOG LiaisonWSBA Leadership Institute (WLI)Committee for DiversityCivil Rights Law SectionFamily Law SectionSuperior Court Judges' Association (SCJA) Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA)
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