License Fee Referendum Passes

Members cast their votes; license fee to be reduced to $325

A total of 12,339 WSBA members weighed in on the License Fee Reduction referendum, with 52% of those who voted casting a YES vote to reduce the current license fee by $125. The result means that WSBA license fees will decrease to $325.

“I want to thank all WSBA members who took the time to learn more about the role of the Bar, how decisions are made, how license fees are set and what your license fee pays for, before casting a vote,” said WSBA president Steve Crossland.

Crossland expressed a renewed commitment from him and all members of the Board of Governors to listen, engage more and build stronger connections with members. “It became even clearer during the member referendum process that members expect value and relevance from the Bar, regardless of where one is at in his or her career,” Crossland added. “We need to make sure we’re not only meeting, but exceeding, expectations.”

To kick start President Crossland’s commitment, he is seeking input on the following questions:

  1. How can WSBA be of greater value to you?
  2. How can the WSBA better serve the day-to-day practitioner?

From all responses, which he and the Board of Governors will read, President Crossland will randomly choose 10 WSBA members and invite them to lunch at the WSBA headquarters with himself and Executive Director, Paula Littlewood. The goal will be to discuss the members’ input and other ways the Bar can be more relevant to all WSBA members. All WSBA members are encouraged to respond by April 25 by emailing input to President Crossland will personally contact the 10 individuals invited to join him and Executive Director Paula Littlewood for a lunch discussion.

Voting closed on April 6, 5 p.m. on the member referendum that proposed a reduction in license fees from $450 to $325.

Information about the Referendum

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The BOG adopted amendments to Art. XI.F.2, Sections, re legislative activity, effective Sept. 29, 2017. The BOG adopted an amendment to Art.IV.B.7.a.3, Vacancy of Immediate Past President, effective Oct. 3, 2017.

Contact the Proponent

Committee for Fair WSBA Dues

William Sorcinelli, Attorney at Law
2610 West Woodside
Spokane, WA 99208
Cell: 509-216-2496
Office: 509-279-2004

Contact the Opponent

Attorneys United to Preserve WSBA

Stanley A. Bastian, Co-chair
Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward

Colleen Kinerk, Co-chair
Cable, Langenbach, Kinerk & Bauer, LLP
1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3500
Seattle, Washington  98104

Justice Gerry Alexander (ret.), Co-chair
Bean, Gentry, Wheeler & Peternell, PLLC
910 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502

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