ATJ Board Leadership Development Committee


The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for creating and implementing a statewide leadership development plan. The committee develops the leadership capacities of lawyers, law students and other interested people, so that they can more effectively lead the Alliance for Equal Justice. The committee also recruits and recommends members for the Access to Justice Board and nominates members for the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.

Current Goals and Initiatives

View the committee summary and 2015–2016 work plan.

The Leadership Development Committee oversees the implementation of the Leadership Academy.

Call for Applications: 2017 Leadership Academy

JustLead Washington, formerly known as the Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy, seeks applicants for its 2017 Leadership Academy. The Academy, developed in partnership with the Access to Justice Board’s Leadership Development Committee, is a nine-month, cohort-based experience designed to build a broad network of community leaders who can effectively and collaboratively work toward equity and justice for low-income and marginalized individuals and communities in Washington.

The 2017 Leadership Academy will run from March to December.Fellows participate in four two-and-a-half-day training retreats in Seattle on March 30–April 1, June 22–24, Sept. 14-16, and Dec. 7–9. Online coursework will begin prior to the first retreat and occur throughout the cohort year.

The Leadership Academy’s core curriculum is built on the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s “Seven Leadership Competencies” model and tailored to fit the distinctive context of Washington’s equity and justice community. Awareness and understanding of the ways in which poverty is inextricably linked with various forms of systemic bias and oppression, such as structural racialization, are crucial parts of the curriculum. Fellows learn to identify and tackle the compounding factors that have perpetuate the unjust, disparate treatment of low-income communities. In addition, the curriculum is premised on self-awareness, reflection, mindfulness, and wellness practice skills essential to authentic leadership development.

The 2017 Leadership Academy cohort will reflect the diversity of the many communities served by the justice systems in Washington. It will include people serving in organizations addressing a wide range of equity and justice issues, such as Alliance for Equal Justice organizations as well as criminal justice, juvenile justice, and legal advocacy organizations. At least one-third of the Cohort will be drawn from community-based organizations working in low-income and marginalized communities on initiatives that intersect with the civil, criminal, and/or juvenile justice systems.

View the 2017 Leadership Academy application and instructions. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Werdell.

Meeting Schedule

View the 2015-2016 committee meeting schedule. To receive meeting notices, contact Bonnie Sterken.


Hon. Anita Crawford-Willis, Access to Justice Board member
Catherine Brown, Gonzaga School of Law, Center for Law in Public Service

Staff Liaison

Bonnie M. Sterken

Meeting Minutes