Updated: March 26, 2021

Washington Young Lawyers Committee

It's Time to Lead; Time to Make an Impact

The Washington State Bar Association will conduct an election to fill upcoming open positions on the Board of Governors. One of the available positions is for the At-large Young Lawyer Governor. Pursuant to the WSBA Bylaws, "any Active Lawyer member of the Bar who qualifies as a Young Lawyer may be nominated or apply for election as an At Large Governor.” The WSBA Bylaws define a Young Lawyer as any “Active Lawyer members of the Bar will be considered Young Lawyers until the last day of December of the year in which the member attains the age of 36 years or until the last day of December of the fifth year in which such member first was admitted to practice as a lawyer in any state, whichever is later.” The term for this position will begin in September 2021 and end September 2024. Visit our Board Elections webpage to learn more and to apply today!

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee Welcomes Applicants for Open Positions

Share Your Skills. Volunteer with WSBA. Apply Today!

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, 2021:

  • Chair-elect (one-year term as chair-elect, followed by one year as chair, followed by one year as past chair)
  • Greater Olympia Region Representative
  • King County Representative
  • North Central Region Representative (two-year interim term)
  • Peninsula Region
  • South Central Region Representative
  • At-large Member

Application deadline is April 16. Final appoints are made by the WSBA Board Nominations Committee. The term for most positions are for three years from Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024, unless otherwise noted above.

Learn More and View other WSBA Volunteer Opportunities!

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) 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 WYLC 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.


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.


Brian Neuharth, Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021
Full term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2022

Emily Ann Albrecht, Chair-elect
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021
Full term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2023

Jordan Lee Couch, Immediate Past Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2021
Full term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2021

Benjamin Hodges, Peninsula Region: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Zachary Davison, King County
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2021

Maha Jafarey, At-Large
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Chelsie Elliott, Southwest Region: Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2022

Zachary Bryant, Northwest Region: Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Alixanne Pinkerton, South Central Region—Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Staff Liaison

Curtiss Melvin 

Brandon Holt, Southeast Region: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022
Full term: July 5, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022

Riley Moos, Pierce County
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Catherine Holm, Greater Olympia Region: Lewis and Thurston counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Esther Hyun, Snohomish County
Term: Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022

Marye Rebecca Scott, Greater Spokane Region
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Aaron Haynes, At-Large; 
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Alyssa Nevala, King County
Term: Jan. 26, 2021 –Sept. 30, 2022

Laura King, At-Large
Term: Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022

Vacant, North Central Region: Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2020 –Sept. 30, 2023
The WSBA is currently seeking to fill this vacant position. If you are interested in applying,  please review this volunteer position description and email newmembers@wsba.org.

Russell Knight, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1,2020–Sept. 1, 2022

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, May 8 | Time:  10 a.m. until all business is completed

Location: Via Zoom | Meeting ID: 938 5636 0480 | Call-in: 1-888-788-0099 (toll free)

Meetings will be conducted by video and teleconference only due to Washington state and King County emergency orders regarding public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All committee members may participate via video and conference call. In addition, video conference and call-in instructions are pasted below for members of the public who would like to attend remotely.

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):

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.

FY 2021 Past Committee Meetings

March 2021 Meeting Materials Packet

January 2020 Meeting Materials Packet

November 2020 Meeting Materials Packet

Meeting Minutes

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November 2019

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September 2020

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