Updated: May 19, 2023

Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

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The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee serves WSBA members by communicating opportunities and eliminating barriers to providing pro bono services to communities that experience poverty and injustice.

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.

Accomplishments

  • Committee members wrote and adopted a new Mission, Vision, and Values to guide the Committee's work.  
  • Relaunched and redesigned  probonowa.org, a clearinghouse for pro bono opportunities in Washington.
  • Members wrote and published several articles for the Washington State Bar News to promote the WSBA Moderate Means Program, pro bono opportunities, and highlight issues of minority voter suppression across the state. 

Model Pro Bono Policies

The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee of the Washington State Bar Association has created three model pro bono policy templates that can be accessed, customized, and adopted by organizations in Washington state. Approved by the WSBA Board of Governors in July 2019, the three templates — one for law firms, a second for corporate and in-house legal departments, and a third for government entities — are intended to be a starting point for the creation and adoption of pro bono policies. Please find downloadable versions of the model pro bono policies here.


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.


Next Committee Meeting

The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month via Zoom unless otherwise noted. 

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Call-in: 253-215-8782; toll-free 888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 852 8206 6460
Passcode: 200331

Upcoming Meetings

Jun. 13, 2023 | Jul. 11, 2023 | Aug. 8, 2023 | Sep. 12, 2023

Meetings are held 1–2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

FY 2023 Past Meetings 

Oct. 19, 2022  │  Nov. 8, 2022Dec. 13, 2022 | Jan. 10, 2023 | Feb. 14, 2023 | March 14, 2023 | Apr. 13, 2023 | May 9, 2023

FY 2022 Past Meeting Minutes

Sept. 13, 2022  │  Aug. 9, 2022  │   July 12, 2022  │  June 14, 2022  │  May 10, 2022  │   April 12, 2022  │   March 8, 2022  │   Feb. 8, 2022  │   Jan. 11, 2022  │   Dec. 14, 2021  │   Nov. 9, 2021  │  Oct. 5, 2021

FY 2021 Past Meeting Minutes

Aug. 17, 2021  │  July 13, 2021  │  June 1, 2021  │  May 4, 2021  │  April  6, 2021  │  March 2, 2021  │  Feb. 2, 2021  │  Jan. 5, 2021  │  Dec. 1, 2020  │  Nov. 10, 2020  │  Oct. 13, 2020  

FY 2020 Past Meeting Minutes

Oct. 8, 2019  │   Nov. 5, 2019  │  Dec. 3, 2019  │  Jan. 14, 2020  │  Feb. 4, 2020  │  March 3, 2020  │  May 5, 2020  │  June 2, 2020  │  July 7, 2020  │   Sept. 1, 2020 


Executive Committee

Co-chairs

Michael Addams
Jacqui Merrill Martin

BOG Liaisons

Gov. Matthew Dresden
Gov. Alec Stephens, Jr. 

ATJ Board Liaisons

Esperanza Borboa

WSBA Staff Contact

Joyce Diaz Sandi


Committee Members

Paul Alig
Elizabeth Baldwin
Erin Fortney
Gabriel Hinman
Ritu Jain
Thuy Nguyen
Deborah Perluss
Parvin Price
Natalie Reber
Evangeline Stratton
Yuan Ting
David Weafer
Xuan Xiao