Section Leaders Toolbox

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

Table of Contents

Policies and Procedures
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 policy on Page 2
2014-2015 Annual Report Template
 WSBA Bylaws
GR 12
 WSBA Bylaws – Key References to Sections
GR 12(c) - BOG Analytical Statement
 Process for Amending Section Bylaws
Section Fiscal Policies
 2014 Report on Section Activities
Executive Committee Roles and Responsibilities
 Sponsorship Policy
Communication Policies
 Amicus Curiae Brief Policy
Bar Records Overview for Sections
 Legislation and Court Rule Comment Policy
WSBA Mission and Goals
 Professionalism Plan  FY 14 Year-End Review

Budgets and Work Plans

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

How WSBA Supports the Sections
How Per Member Charge is Calculated
Materials from Section Leaders Orientations


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 Web Page
Write a Blog Post for NWSidebar
List Serve Instructions
Write an Article for NWLawyer
Produce a Section Newsletter
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.

WSBA Print and Online Style Guide
Policy on Use of Logos and Letterhead
Social Media Guidelines
Broadcast Email and Privacy Policy

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 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

The Bar is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. As a leader in the community, you advance this philosophy in your section with the help of these tools.

WSBA Diversity and Inclusion
2014 Diversity Annual Report
Diversity Dictionary
Accessibility Toolkit
 Culture of Inclusion Philosophy  

Explore the benefits of joining a WSBA Section