Updated: Feb. 12, 2018

Want to Join the WSBA Board of Governors?

On this Page:

District Positions
Nomination Forms
Candidate Forum
At-large Fositions


District candidate filing ........................... Feb. 15
District candidate voting ........................ April 2
At-large candidate filing ......................... April 20
President-elect candidate filing ........ April 10

District Positions

Four district-based positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2018. These open positions are designated for members in districts 1, 4, 5 and 7-South. The three-year term of office begins Oct. 1, 2018. Learn more about what is involved in Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.


Any active member (except one who previously served on the Board of Governors for more than 18 months) may be nominated or run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote (see Voting, below). Your congressional district is listed in myWSBA.

Becoming a Candidate

To run for a district seat on the Board of Governors, or to nominate another WSBA member, file a statement of interest and a biographical statement of 100 words or less. The required forms, which include filing instructions, are below. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 15, 2018. Note: Biographical statements of nominated candidates will be published on the WSBA website.

Nomination forms

Board of Governors Candidate Forum

A candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018. All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at WSBA's offices in Seattle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum also will be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.


The district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, members are entitled to vote in the congressional district in which they reside. All out-of-state active WSBA members are eligible to vote in the district of the address of their agent within Washington for the purpose of receiving service of process, or if specifically designated to the WSBA executive director, within the district of their primary Washington practice. WSBA uses an electronic voting system, and members will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 15, 2018, and votes must be received by 5 p.m. PST on April 2, 2018. Paper ballots will be mailed upon request, and completed ballots must be received in the WSBA Office of the Executive Director by 5 p.m. PDT on April 2, 2018.

At-large Positions and President-Elect

  • At-large — New and Young Lawyer position
  • Other at-large positions
  • President-elect position

At-large — New and Young Lawyer position: Any active lawyer member of WSBA who qualifies as a young lawyer as of Oct. 1, 2018 (and who has not previously served on the Board for more than 18 months) may run for the At-large: New & Young Lawyer position. Complete this nomination form, sign it, scan it, and email it along with the required attachments to barleaders@wsba.org by 5 p.m. PST on April 20, 2018. Candidates will be evaluated by the Washington Young Lawyer Committee (WYLC). The WYLC will nominate at least two candidates to be interviewed for election by the Board of Governors at its May 17-18 meeting, which will be webcast. The three-year term begins Oct. 1, 2018.

The WYLC will use the following criteria when evaluating candidates:

  • Understands the various issues facing New and Young Lawyers 
  • Shows initiative, leadership, and responsibility
  • Engages with the legal community
  • Establishes collaborative relationships
  • Experience with other volunteer leadership roles
  • Understands WSBA Mission and the role of the Bar
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion

Other at-large positions: The Washington Supreme Court in January passed an order to codify the Board of Governors’ decision to add three new positions to its ranks —  two community at-large seats and one Limited License Legal Technician/Limited Practice Officer at-large seat. The board will hold a special meeting in February to determine how to bring on these new positions. Nomination information, timelines, and eligibility requirements will be posted afterward on this page; interested people can also contact Pam Inglesby at pami@wsba.org, 206-727-8226.

President-elect position: Information about eligibility for the 2018-19 President-elect position will be posted on this page in late February. The application deadline will be April 10, 2018.