Updated: Jan. 10, 2018

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.

The Washington State Bar Association is part of the judicial branch, exercising a governmental function authorized by the Washington Supreme Court to license the state’s more than 38,000 legal professionals. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court 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.

Board of Governors

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

Bradford E. Furlong

WSBA President Brad Furlong

Executive Director

Meet WSBA's Executive Director Paula Littlewood.

Paula Littlewood

Executive Director Paula Littlewood


More about the Bar

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History of the WSBA

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