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The State Bar's Office of Legislative Affairs is responsible for advancing and maintaining positive and effective relations between the State Bar, the Legislature, legislative stakeholders, and the Executive Branch of government. The Office also spearheads and coordinates the Bar's efforts to protect the public and serve our members in legislative matters relating to the practice of law and the administration of justice.  Our participation in the legislative arena includes both seeking passage of Bar-request legislation and also providing input on legislation introduced by others. 

The Office of Legislative Affairs is guided by the Board of Governors’ (BOG)  Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy and General Rule 12.1, and serves as the internal and external point of contact on all legislative matters.  Internally, the Office of Legislative Affairs works closely with the following WSBA entities to further the Bar’s mission and goals as they relate to legislative matters:


What's New?

  • The 2014 Regular Session (60 days) adjourned March 13, 2014.  Find Bar Section positions on proposed 2014 legislation here.
  • SB 5999 – A 2014 Bar-request bill related to corporate entity conversions passed the Senate 48-0, the House 97-0, and was signed by the governor on March 27. It became effective June 12, 2014.
  • The Office of Legislative Affairs is currently working with WSBA Sections and external stakeholders to develop Bar-request legislation for 2015. 
  • The 2015 Regular Session (105 days) begins Jan. 12, 2015.

Section Bill Referrals

Current Bill Referrals

Bills referred to WSBA sections for review, and any positions taken, during the current Legislative Biennium

Legislative Activity

Status and summaries of our legislative activity

WSBA Legislative Committees

WSBA Legislative Committee and the Board of Governors’ Legislative Committee

Legislative Policies and Processes

Legislative and Government Links

Legislative Affairs Staff

Kathryn Leathers
Legislative Liaison
360-259-2044 |

Gwen Lloyd
Legislative Assistant
360-943-9977 |