Updated: June 25, 2019

Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee works to enhance a culture of legal service by promoting opportunities and best practices that encourage WSBA members to engage in pro bono and public service with a particular focus on services to people with low or moderate income.


For general information about how to find legal help in Washington state, please refer to Find Legal Help. The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee does not accept or refer cases for pro bono legal assistance.


ABA Survey Results

Read the survey results from the 2017 study on pro bono work in Washington and nationally (24 states participated).

2017–2018 Committee Projects

  • Promote the Emeritus Pro Bono membership status, the Moderate Means Program, Call to Duty Initiative and the MCLE pro bono credit rule.
  • Complete changes to probonowa.org
  • Research barriers for attorneys who wish to provide pro bono services and encounter difficulties
  • Compile and create sample pro bono guidelines for firms, corporations, and government.

Significant accomplishments

  • Researched and submitted a proposal to the Board of Bar Examiners, resulting in adding a question regarding RPC 6.1 to the Washington Law Component of the Bar Exam
  • Increased Moderate Means attorneys via CLEs, NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer article.
  • Promoted Call to Duty Initiative through NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer articles

ProBonoWA.org

Washington has more than 70 organizations sharing opportunities for you to get involved and give back to your community.  Pro Bono WA is a one-stop destination to find and connect with pro bono public service opportunities across the state. Visit probonowa.org for more information.


Upcoming Meetings

July 9, 2019 (WSBA offices and via conference call)
Aug. 6, 2019 (WSBA offices and via conference call)
Sept. 3, 2019 (WSBA offices and via conference call)

 

FY 2019 Past Committee Meetings

June 4, 2019 (at WSBA offices and via conference call)
May 7, 2019
(at WSBA offices and via conference call)
April 2, 2019
(at WSBA offices and via conference call)
March 5, 2019
(at WSBA offices and  via conference call)
Feb. 5, 2019
( via conference call)
Jan. 8, 2019
(at WSBA offices and via conference call)

WSBA Offices, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101

 

Past Meeting Minutes

2017
January, March, May, September, October

2016

JanuaryMarchMayJulySeptemberOctoberNovember



Committee Co-Chairs
Nick Larson
Paul Okner

Board of Governors
Athan Papailiou

WSBA Staff Contact
Paige Hardy

Committee Members
Adam Yeaton
Althea Paulson
Audrey Udashen
Bonnie Lee Aslagson
Brendan Vandor
Jennifer Mackley
Jordann Hallstrom
Kevin McGuire
Kristina Ralls
Laura Yelish
Maura Deering
Na Crabtree
Nancy Chupp