Washington State Access to Justice Board

Mission

The Access to Justice (ATJ) Board was established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in response to a growing need to coordinate access to justice efforts in Washington.

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. In carrying out its mission, the ATJ Board is guided by the enabling Order of the Washington Supreme Court, the Hallmarks of an Effective Statewide Legal Services Delivery System, the ATJ Board's Statement of Principles and Goals, and the ATJ Board’s Operational Rules.

The ATJ Board is charged with planning for the statewide delivery of civil legal aid services. Its Plan for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low Income People in Washington State (State Plan) is the blueprint for this work. The ATJ Board oversees the work of a number of [standing committees] and special initiatives to address current and ongoing access issues. 

The ATJ Board is administered by the Washington State Bar Association, and reports annually to the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington State Bar Association. The Court adopted amended Orders on April 29, 2010March 8, 2012, and March 4, 2016.


Next Access to Justice Board Meeting

When: Friday, Dec. 2, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 
Where: Washington State Bar Association, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle

Please see the 2016-2017 meeting schedule. Most meetings are held in Seattle at the WSBA offices 10 a.m.–noon, unless otherwise noted.

Board Members

The Access to Justice Board consists of 10 members nominated by the WSBA Board of Governors and appointed by the Washington Supreme Court. Members are appointed based on experience and commitment to expanding access to justice. Not less than one nor more than two members must be non-attorneys. Appointments are for three-year terms. Board members are eligible for reappointment for one additional term. See the full list of current ATJ board members.

Geoffrey Revelle
ATJ Board Chair
206-624-0900

Executive Committee

The ATJ Board Executive Committee plans the agenda for the meetings. The ATJ Board welcomes suggestions for agenda items. If you would like to submit an item, please contact Diana Singleton. Individuals submitting agenda items may be invited to attend the Executive Committee meeting(s) at which those items are considered. 

Meeting Minutes

For earlier meeting minutes, email Diana Singleton.
FY 2017

Resources

If you are looking for legal assistance or referrals, learn more about Finding Legal Help.

Please support the Campaign for Equal Justice.

The Access to Justice Board is a supporter of The Alliance for Equal Justice.

 

ATJ News

Access to Justice Board Committees

Get involved with the work of the ATJ Board's volunteer committees.

Key Documents

Governing documents and publications of the ATJ Board.

Current Initiatives

Learn about our annual priorities

ATJ State Planning

Statewide planning for the coordinated delivery of civil legal services

History

Learn how the ATJ Board was created.

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Access to Justice Board Manager
Diana Singleton
206-727-8205

Justice Programs Coordinator
Bonnie M. Sterken
206-727-8293