Updated: June 1, 2018

The Washington State Bar Association’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

As such, the WSBA is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and is dedicated to understanding and responding to the conditions which exist for all lawyers in Washington. In 2013, the Bar approved the Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan rests on a fundamental assumption that WSBA’s commitment to its own culture of inclusion and cultural competence provides the best foundation for meaningful progress.

For more information contact diversity@wsba.org or visit the Diversity Committee page to see how the Diversity and Inclusion Plan is being implemented.

WSBA Diversity and Inclusion programs are supported by charitable donations to the Washington State Bar Foundation. To make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the Foundation online or email foundation@wsba.org.

WSBA Draft New Licensing Demographic Form

WSBA is considering several updates to the wording of the questions relating to the voluntary confidential demographics we collect from our members.  We have attempted to reflect what we understand to be best practices both for diversity and the myriad of ways in which people identify balanced against best practices for data collection and analysis. The drafted questions are available for viewing here.

If you have feedback, please feel free to email us at diversity@wsba.org.

How WSBA Defines Diversity

Equity & InclusionDiversity refers to meaningful representation of and equal opportunities for individuals who self identify with those groups that are under-represented in the legal profession based upon, but not limited to, disability, gender, age, familial status, race, ethnicity, religion, economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Statewide geographic diversity and area of practice shall also be given consideration. Adopted by the WSBA Board of Governors in March 2010.

Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership

WSBA Intersectionality Report 2015

2015 WSBA Diversity Research Project

WSBA Diversity Research Project 2015

Membership Demographics

View current WSBA membership statistics, including membership counts and member demographics.

2015 Diversity Annual Report

2015 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Data and information collected from our 2012 WSBA Membership Study informed and guided our organization to create and approve our first-ever 2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan.