WSBA Presidential Search

Apply to be the WSBA's next president


Application Deadline: 5 p.m., May 2, 2016

The WSBA Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the position of the 2017–2018 WSBA president, who also will serve as president-elect for 2016–2017. The chosen WSBA member will have an opportunity to provide a significant contribution to the legal profession.

Applications for 2017–2018 WSBA president will be accepted until 5 p.m. on May 2, 2016, and should be limited to a current résumé, a concise application letter stating interest and qualifications, and no fewer than five or more than 10 references. The Board of Governors will consider endorsement letters received by May 13, 2016. Applications and endorsement letters should be sent to: WSBA Executive Director, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101.

The WSBA Board of Governors will elect the next president at the June 3, 2016 Board of Governors meeting in Seattle.

Candidates are encouraged to have direct contact with the Board of Governors. All candidates will have an interview with the full Board of Governors in open session at the Board's June 3 meeting in Seattle. Following the interviews, the Board will select the president. Although prior experience on the WSBA Board of Governors may be helpful, there is no requirement that one must have been a member of the Board of Governors or had previous experience in Bar activities. The candidate must be willing to devote a substantial number of hours to WSBA affairs and be capable of being a positive representative for the legal profession. The position is unpaid. Some expenses, such as WSBA-related travel, are reimbursed.

The commitment begins in June 2016, following selection. A one-year term as president-elect will begin Sept. 29, 2016 at the WSBA Annual Awards Dinner. The president-elect is expected to attend two-day board meetings held approximately every six to eight weeks, as well as numerous subcommittee, section, regional, national, and local meetings. 

In September 2017, at the Annual Awards Dinner, the president-elect will assume the office of president. During his or her service, the president-elect and president are required to meet with members of the Bar, the courts, media, and public and legal interest groups, as well as participate in the Bar’s legislative activities. Appropriate time will need to be devoted to communication by letter, e-mail, and telephone in connection with these responsibilities.

The duties and responsibilities of the president are set forth in the WSBA Bylaws. For further information, contact Margaret Shane at margarets@wsba.org or 206-727-8244.