Updated: March 23, 2022

Request for Proposal for WSBA Membership Demographic Study

Following through with its commitment to conduct a comprehensive membership demographic study every 10 years as outlined in the Diversity and Inclusion Plan, the WSBA will be conducting a comprehensive membership demographic study this year.

We are seeking proposals for this study. The Request for Proposal is posted here. Proposals are due April 11, 2022. The budget for this project is capped at $50,000.  

Two virtual information Q&A sessions will be offered to answer questions about the RFP process and the project.  

Tuesday, March 29
10–11:30 a.m.

Join the Zoom meeting.  

Meeting ID: 837 8241 1715 
Passcode: 533501

Thursday, March 31
2:30–4 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting  

       Meeting ID: 827 7960 2653
       Passcode: 102847


Please direct inquires about the RFP to barbaran@wsba.org.

Membership Data

The WSBA conducted a Membership Study in 2012. The WSBA Membership Study Executive Summary shares highlights from the study. A second study was conducted in 2014, which examined diversity within certain underrepresented groups as well as between those groups. The Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership Study can be found here.

Demographic highlights about various underrepresented groups can be found for the following groups:

The 2012 Membership Study and the 2014 Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership Study found that members who identified with one or more underrepresented groups reported experiencing social, opportunity, and advancement barriers in their professional careers. These barriers included being excluded, misunderstood, offered fewer opportunities, not receiving a raise or promotion and being treated differently.

View the most up to date WSBA membership counts and demographics.

Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Informed by the 2012 study results, the Board of Governors, adopted our  Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan reflects the unique roles for which the Bar is positioned as a unified bar: to create and help nurture the conditions that will encourage diverse lawyers to enter, remain, thrive and ultimately to lead the profession and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The plan includes a directive to conduct a membership study every 10 years.