Section Leaders Toolbox

red toolboxThese pages are a resource-in-progress, and we encourage your participation in making recommendations or providing feedback. As a section leader, you are positioned to keep us informed on what types of tools and information are most relevant and important to you. As you continue to consult this page throughout your term of leadership, feel free to suggest changes to this page by contacting your primary section liaison. 

Table of Contents

Policies and Procedures             Budgets and Work Plans
Reaching Your Members      Executive Committee Management
CLE and Event Planning    Legislative Process
Diversity and Inclusion     

Policies and Procedures 

Learn about the policies that outline the work and purpose of the Sections, and your role as a leader in the organization. 

2015 Expense Report – expense reimbursement policy on page 2

WSBA Bylaws

WSBA Bylaws – Key References to Sections

2014 Report on Section Activities

2013-2014 Annual Report Template

GR 12

GR 12(C) - BOG Analytical Statement

Bar Records Overview for Sections

Section Fiscal Policies

Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities

Process for Amending Section Bylaws

Sponsorship Policy

Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy

Amicus Curiae Brief Policy

Communication Policies

Budgets and Work Plans

Understand the per member charge and the support that WSBA provides, and download templates to help you plan the budget and work of your section. 

How WSBA Supports the Sections

How Per Member Charge is Calculated

Materials from Section Leaders Orientations

Section Work Plans: Example | Template

Section Month-by-Month Activity Plan Example

Membership Outreach 

Explore the different ways you can reach your members. Look up publication timelines to inform your communications plans, or order a member roster to learn more about your members.

Request Changes to Your Webpage(s)

List Serve Instructions

Produce a Section Newsletter

Write a Blog Post for NWSidebar

Write an Article for NWLawyer

Communications Timelines

Email to Request a Membership Roster

How to Use Membership Data

Communication Policies and Guidelines

Access information and resources on how to communicate with your membership and community.

Executive Committee Management

Find templates and best practices for running effective Executive Committee meetings.

Email to Request a Conference Room

Best Practices for Meeting Facilitation

Meeting Checklist

Meeting Agenda Template

Meeting Minutes Template

CLE and Event Planning 

Access information and resources for your next brown bag, forum, reception, or CLE.

Section-Sponsored CLE Planning

Marketing Package (Midyears & Conferences)

Seminar Administrative Fee Explanation

Sponsorship Policy

Brown-Bag Guidelines (non-CLE educational opportunities)
Video Stream Your Event: Planning and Instructions



Legislative Process

As experts in your area of practice, your Section's leadership may be called upon to offer opinions and recommendations of relevant Washington State legislation. Quickly learn the legislative action process, and the comment policy.

PowerPoint Presentation from Legislative Refresher Course - October 2014

Process for Taking a Position on Legislation

Legislative Cheat Sheet

BOG Legislative Action Guidelines

Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy

Amicus Curiae Brief Policy

Diversity and Inclusion

WSBA is committeed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As a leader in the community, here are tools to help you advance this philosophy in your section.

WSBA Diversity and Inclusion

2014 Diversity Annual Report

Diversity Dictionary

Accessibility Toolkit

Explore the benefits of joining a WSBA Section

WSBA Mission and Goals

Read our mission statement, guiding principles, and 2013-15 strategic goals.

Young Lawyer Liaisons to Sections