Updated: Feb. 22, 2018

WSBA Governance

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the WSBA which determines the general policies of the Bar and approves its budget each year. The Board of Governors consists of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, and members elected from each congressional district and at-large.

Board of Governors


Your Congressional District is listed on myWSBA (log in required). You can also enter your home address (or if you live out of state, your agent of service address) on this congressional district map. Choose "Congressional," select "Find My District," and then the map next to the symbol marking your address.

The Board's Work

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the WSBA. The Board moves the Bar forward with an eye toward its long-standing mission, guiding principles, and short-term strategic goals. 

Notice of Special Meeting and Proposed Bylaws Amendments 

Special Meeting Materials

A special meeting of the Board of Governors will be held noon-2 p.m. Feb. 15, 2018, at the WSBA Conference Center in Seattle.  Executive Session noon-12:30 p.m.; Public Session 12:30-2 p.m. Members may participate in Public Session by calling toll-free 866-577-9294, access code 52810#.

Items to be considered:

  • A request for permission by the WSBA Civil Rights Law Section to publicly comment in support of SB 6052:  An Act related to eliminating the death penalty. Read the WSBA Civil Rights Law Section request.
  • Consistent with the Board of Governor's vote in September 2016 to add two public members and one limited-license member to the Board, the Supreme Court entered an order on Jan. 4, 2018, to effectuate this provision of the WSBA Bylaws. With three new members joining, the Board will begin discussing the initial terms of these new members, including potential Bylaws amendment to Art.VI(C)(1) Election of Governors..

The proposed Bylaws amendments listed below were presented for a first reading on Jan. 18-19, 2018, at the regular Board meeting in Bellingham.

  • Article VI.(D)(2), Elections by Board of Governors, regarding the Office of President-elect and a possible change to the requirement that the WSBA President-elect rotates to Eastern Washington every four years. See proposed drafts amendments.
  • Various proposed changes to bring the Bylaws in line with recent APR amendments and prior decisions of the Board to coordinate the regulatory processes for lawyer, LPO, and LLLT members of the Bar. See Board Public Session materials, beginning at page 98.

Next Meeting

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Red Lion Hotel, Olympia, WA

Materials will be posted here by March 2.

To participate remotely during the public session, call in at 866-577-9294 and use access code 52810#. 

2018 Board Meetings

Jan. 18-19  |  Bellingham
March 8  |  Olympia
March 9 | Annual Meeting of Board & Washington Supreme Court
May 17-18  |  Seattle (webcast)
July 26 | Annual Board Retreat
July 27-28  |  Vancouver
Sept. 27-28  |  Seattle (webcast)

Watch the Feb. 15 Special Board Meeting