Updated: Nov. 19, 2021

Our Mission

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

WSBA operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals. In furtherance of its obligation to protect and serve the public, the WSBA both regulates lawyers and other legal professionals and serves its members as a professional association—all without public funding.

As a regulatory agency, the WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam; provides record-keeping and licensing functions; and administers the professional discipline system. As a professional association, the WSBA also provides continuing legal education for attorneys, in addition to numerous other educational and member-services and opportunities to advance professionally.

Governance and Leadership

The Board of Governors is WSBA's governing body charged with determining the general policies of the Bar and approving its annual budget. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, and immediate past president and members elected from each Congressional District and three at-large positions.

The Board of Governors elects the president-elect of the Bar and selects the executive director.

Membership Demographics

View demographics and counts of our licensed legal professionals.

Board of Governors
Brian Tollefson
Brian Tollefson
2021-2022 WSBA President

Learn more about the Board of Governors, its work, and meeting schedule.

Terra Nevitt
Terra Nevitt
Executive Director
Executive Director

WSBA's Executive Director Terra Nevitt was appointed by the Board of Governors in January 2020.


More about the Bar

Learn more about the services and resources the WSBA offers to members and the public.

History of the Washington Bar

Member Support

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Washington State Bar Foundation

Financial Information
Statements, Policies, and Forms

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Membership statistics include membership counts, member home states and countries, and other demographics.

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