Who will be WSBA's next president?

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

The WSBA Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the position of WSBA president for 2016–17, who will serve as president-elect in 2015–16. The WSBA member selected will have an opportunity to provide a significant contribution to the legal profession.

Applications for 2016–17 WSBA president will be accepted through May 1, 2015, 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 15, 2015. Applications and endorsement letters should be emailed (in PDF format) to margarets@wsba.org or mailed to: WSBA Office of the Executive Director, 1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101.

Direct contact with the Board of Governors is encouraged. All candidates will have an interview with the full Board of Governors in open session at the June 12, 2015, Board of Governors meeting in Wenatchee. 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 2015, following selection. A one-year term as president-elect will begin at the Annual Awards Dinner on September 17, 2015 where the president-elect will be sworn in. The president-elect is expected to attend the two-day board meetings held approximately every six to eight weeks, as well as numerous subcommittee, section, regional, national, and local meetings. In September 2016, at the WSBA Annual Awards Dinner, the president-elect will assume the position of president. During his or her service, the president-elect and president will also be required to meet with members of the Bar, the courts, the media, and public and legal interest groups, as well as be involved 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, margarets@wsba.org, 206-727-8244.