Public Member Positions on Law-Related Boards

Openings on WSBA Boards

Application deadline: Extended to March 10, 2017

The following boards housed at the Washington State Bar Association have specific positions designated for members of the public who are not WSBA members. Board service provides an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view of how the practice of law is regulated in Washington state. Applicants from outside the legal community are especially welcome; former or nonpracticing attorneys are asked not to apply. 

Applications are now being accepted for positions starting Oct. 1, 2017. The application deadline has been extended to March 10, 2017.

To apply, you need to create an account in myWSBA. Once you have created an account, log in, select My Profile, then Apply for a Committee, Board or Panel.

Questions? Email barleaders@wsba.org or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.

  • Access to Justice Board: Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the ATJ Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers.
  • Character and Fitness Board: This board deals with matters of character and fitness related to the practice of law in Washington. It conducts hearings on the admission of applicants, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the WSBA and Supreme Court. Hearings generally are held every month. 
  • Council on Public Defense: The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. 
  • Disciplinary Board: The Disciplinary Board reviews recommendations for suspension or disbarment of attorneys. The full board meets three to six times a year, and each member serves on a review committee. Considerable reading and meeting preparation are required. 
  • Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board: This board reviews claims for reimbursement of financial loss sustained by reason of an attorney's dishonest actions or failure to account for client funds.
  • Limited License Legal Technician Board: The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law. 
  • Limited Practice Board: This board oversees administration of and compliance with the Limited Practice Rule, which authorizes certain lay persons to handle legal documents pertaining to real estate and other property transactions.
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board: The MCLE Board oversees the administration of and compliance with rules established by the state Supreme Court regarding continuing education for attorneys. 
  • Practice of Law Board: This board educates the public about how to receive competent legal assistance and considers new ways for non-lawyers to provide legal and law-related services. 



Opening on the Board for Judicial Administration Policy and Planning Committee

Application deadline April 1, 2017

The Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) Policy and Planning Committee seeks a public representative to serve as a member on the committee. 

The BJA was created by court rule “to provide effective leadership to the state courts system and to develop policy to enhance the administration of justice in Washington State.” The Policy and Planning Committee is a standing committee of the BJA. Information about the BJA can be found at: https://www.courts.wa.gov/programs_orgs/pos_bja/ 

The committee has primary responsibility for long term and strategic planning for the judicial branch of Washington, and has jurisdiction “to research and make recommendations regarding any area of policy affecting the courts of Washington which is within the plenary authority of the BJA.”  The committee is very active in addressing its mandates as well as responding to a broad range of policy matters referred to it by the BJA. Since 2014 the committee has been developing and implementing an innovative approach to collaborative planning designed for a non-unified court structure.

Committee meetings generally take place at the Administrative Office of the Courts facility in SeaTac, Washington, on the afternoon of the third Friday of most months.  

The committee is particularly interested in persons who possess the following characteristics:

  • A strong interest in justice system policy, planning, and judicial branch governance.
  • A member of a community historically underrepresented in judicial branch governance.
  • An interest in access to justice initiatives. 
  • Will be an active and engaged committee member.

Interested persons should provide a letter expressing interest and qualifications for service on this committee by April 1, 2017.  Letters may be addressed to Judge Janet E. Garrow, chair, Policy and Planning Committee, and sent via email to Steve.Henley@courts.wa.gov



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