Updated: Jan. 23, 2024

Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee Welcomes Applicants for Open Positions

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Members of the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) have a shared interest in programs, benefits, and issues facing new and young lawyers. Service on the WYLC offers you the unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills, network with others around the state, and create programs and benefits for a new and young lawyer audience. The WYLC will have the following positions to fill for terms starting Oct. 1, 2023:

  • North Central Region Representative 
  • South Central Region Representative
  • Pierce County Representative
  • Northwest Region Representative
  • Southeast Region Representative

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The Washington Young Lawyers Committee is a diverse group of 18 new and young lawyers representing different regions throughout Washington state. Leadership on the committee affords new and young lawyers the opportunity to build connections across the state and throughout the legal community.

Some of what the Committee is here to do:

  • help put together and run programs for new and young lawyers that focus on public and pro bono service
  • help lawyers transition into practice
  • promote leadership; and most importantly
  • uphold the Washington State Bar Association’s mission to serve the public, ensure integrity of the legal profession, and champion justice

If you are interested in joining the Washington Young Lawyers Committee as a regional or at-large member, find more information here.

The committee meets the second Saturday of every other month. Meetings are open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Projects

The WYLC focuses on a variety of specific areas important to new and young lawyers and law students. If you're interested in helping the WYLC accomplish its goals or have ideas, join a project team today and let us know what WYLC can do for you. To get involved with WYLC's projects, please email newmembers@wsba.org. Find more information about the projects here.

Meet the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

View a map of WYLC District Composition.

2023-2024

Aaron Haynes, Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2025

Zachary Davison, Immediate Past Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2024

Adin Johnson, Southwest Region: Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Vacant, Northwest Region: Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Bethany NolanKing County
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Full Term: Oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2026

Carnissa Lucas-Smith, King County
Current Term: 
June 21, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Elyse Waters, At-Large
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2024

Catarina FerreiraPeninsula Region: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason counties
Current TermOct. 5, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Vacant, South Central Region: Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties
Current Term: June 21, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Mason Ji, Chair-Elect
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2025

Vacant, Pierce County
Current Term: Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2025

Cody Branstetter, Greater Olympia Region: Lewis and Thurston counties
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Sydney ShermanSnohomish County
Current Term: 
Feb. 23, 2023–Sept. 30, 2025
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2025

Alexander Reaganson, Greater Spokane Region
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Full Term: oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2026

Chawisa LaicharoenwatAt-Large
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Full Term: oct. 1, 2023-Sept. 30, 2026

Stephan Yhann, At-Large
Current Term:
 Feb. 23, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026
Full Term:
Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2026

Vacant, Southeast Region: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties

Jordan Couch, Board of Governors Liaison
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2023–Sept. 30, 2024

Vacant, North Central Region: Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties
Current Term: Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2025
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Staff Liaison: Curtiss Melvin
Staff Support: Chelle Gegax


Next Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, that a Washington Young Lawyers Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. until all business is completed 

Join the Zoom meeting.

Call-in: 253-215-8782 || Toll-free: 888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 857 9788 6055 || Passcode: 551212

The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to discuss, deliberate, and take potential final action regarding the following agenda items. No final disposition regarding any matter will occur at the meeting except as indicated on this notice. 

Please check back for future agenda.


Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email accommodations@wsba.org.

Note: Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the agenda. The time and order of agenda items are subject to change at the discretion of the committee chair.


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