Updated: Oct. 19, 2018

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 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


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

Jan. 11, 2018 (Conference call only)
Feb. 8, 2018 (Conference call only)
March 22, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)
April 12, 2018 (Conference call only)
May 10, 2018 (Conference call only)
June 14, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)
July 12, 2018 (Conference call only)
September 13, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)
October 23, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)

Past Meeting Minutes

January, March, May, September, October



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
Liz Lee
Maura Deering
Na Crabtree
Nancy Chupp
Scott Meyer