WSBA Membership Data

WSBA members have the option of sharing their demographic data on a voluntary basis, which WSBA reports here.

2023-2024 Membership Demographic Study

The WSBA is currently working with Kno-Why, a consultancy based in Oregon, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the composition and experiences of the WSBA membership. The Member Demographic Study helps us understand which communities aren't well represented in our profession and whether workplace experiences are consistent across different identity groups. This study will also inform strategic efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kno-Why completed an initial phase of the study that gathered survey data about the composition and experiences of WSBA members. The survey design was enriched by input from minority bar associations, WSBA sections, members of the judiciary, and Washington Supreme Court-created commissions. 

See the latest update on the membership demographic study.

2014 Diversity, Intersectionality & Membership Study

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.

2012 Membership Demographic Study

The WSBA Membership Study Executive Summary shares highlights from the study. Findings for specific groups can be found below:

Members who are 40+

Members of color

Members with disabilities or impairments

Members of the LBGTQ community

2012 Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Informed by the 2012 membership demographic study results, the Board of Governors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Plan in 2012. 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. The DEI Council is the process of working towards a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan. For questions about this process, please email