Updated: Dec. 1, 2022

Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

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

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Public Service Committee, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, that a Pro Bono Public Service Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13
Time: 1-2 p.m., or until all business is completed

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Meeting ID: 852 8206 6460
Passcode: 200331

Upcoming Meetings

Dec. 13, 2022

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, 2022

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

Matthew Dresden
Alec Stephens, Jr. 

WSBA Staff Contact

Saleena Salango


Committee Members

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