Updated: May 15, 2019
Members of the Board of Governors

WSBA Governance

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the WSBA that determines the general policies of the Bar and approves its budget each year. The board moves the Bar forward with an eye toward its long-standing mission, guiding principles, and short-term strategic goals. The board consists of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, and members elected from each congressional district and at-large.

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.

See proposed amendments to the Bylaws 

UPDATE: per Washington Supreme Court directive, all Board action on proposed bylaw amendments is deferred until further Court notice.

Board Meetings

Meeting materials are posted by Friday afternoon prior to the Board meeting. Late materials, if any, are posted the day prior to the Board meeting. The Board may go into executive session for any reason listed in RCW 42.30.110.  No final disposition regarding any matter will occur at the meeting except as indicated on this notice.

Agenda | Minutes | Action Items | Public Session Materials

Next Board of Governors Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, that a Board of Governors meeting will be held on:

Date: Thursday & Friday, May 16 & 17, 2019
Time:  8 a.m.–5 a.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m.–3:15 p.m. on Friday
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 401 E. Yakima Ave., Yakima, Washington, in the Cascade Room

Some Board members may participate via conference call. A speaker phone will be available at the meeting location noted above for members of the public to attend and hear statements/discussion of those members participating by phone. In addition, call-in instructions are pasted below for members of the public who would like to attend telephonically.

Instructions for public call in: 866-577-9294, access code 52810#
You are not required to state your name to join this meeting.  If the conference call provider message asks that you state your name, you may press #, without stating your name, and you will be connected to the meeting.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request.  Please email Kara Ralph at karar@wsba.org or 206.239.2125.

This board meeting will be video recorded and available for viewing on this page shortly after the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting is for the board to discuss, deliberate, and take potential final action regarding the following agenda items:

Thursday, May 16

8 a.m.  Public Session: Welcome / President’s Report and Executive Director’s Report

8:15 a.m.  Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) training – Nancy Krier, Assistant Attorney General for Open Government

10 a.m.  Recess

10:10 a.m.  Insurance update

10:30 a.m.  Interview, selection & swearing in of WSBA 2018-2021 District 1 governor (action) (order determined by random drawing)

  1. Peter Arkison
  2. Hunter Abell
  3. Sunitha Anjilvel
  4. Doug Shepherd
  5. Karrin Klotz

Noon  Recess for lunch with liaisons & guests, Local Hero Award recipients

1:15 p.m. Working with Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLTs) in the community – Dianne Loepker, LLLT and Cowlitz-Wahkiakum County Bar Association President; Kellie Dightman, LLLT; and Sherri Farr, LLLT

1:45 p.m. Interview & selection of 2019-2020 WSBA president-elect (action) (order determined by random drawing)

  1. Zachary Mosner
  2. Kyle Sciuchetti
  3. Alec Stephens

2:45 p.m.  Recess

3 p.m.  Report from ABA Midyear Meeting – James Williams, Washington State Delegate to the American Bar Association (by phone)

3:30 p.m.  Interview & selection of 2019-2022 WSBA at-large governor (action) (order determined by random drawing)

  1. Vicki Lee Anne Parker
  2. Drew Pollom
  3. Sunitha Anjilvel
  4. Hunter Abell

4:45 p.m.  Member & public comments (guests’ issues of interest)

5 p.m.  Recess

Friday, May 17

8 a.m.  Public Session continued

Board of Governors Committee Report on Direct Stakeholder Input re Recommendations from Civil Litigation Rules Drafting Task Force – Governor/Treasurer Dan Bridges (first reading)

  • Criteria for adding & naming WSBA APEX Awards – Governor Russell Knight, Chair, and Sara Niegowski, Chief Communications and Outreach Officer (first reading)

  • Update from Board members of the Washington Supreme Court WSBA Structure Work Group – Governors Dan Clark, Kyle Sciuchetti, and Paul Swegle

  • Update re: WSBA Board No Retaliation Policy Personnel Committee review plan – Governor Chris Meserve, Chair, and Frances Dujon-Reynolds, Director of Human Resources

  • Report & recommendations re: investment portfolio & facilities reserve from Budget & Audit Committee (action) – Governor/Treasurer Dan Bridges and Ann Holmes, Chief Operations Officer

  • Suggested amendments to MAR's per Washington Supreme Court Request – Stephanie Dikeakos, MAR's Subcommittee Chair (phone) (action)

  • CPE proposed amendments to RPC 1.15A(h)(9) re: safeguarding property – Ann Seidel, CPE member (phone) (first reading)

9:45 a.m.  Recess

10 a.m.  Recommendations from Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force – Hugh Spitzer, Chair (phone), and Doug Ende, Chief Disciplinary Officer (action)

11:30 a.m.  Local & national trends in court reporting – Phyllis Lykken and Liz Harvey, Central Court Reporting

Noon  Recess for lunch with liaisons and guests

1 p.m.  Discussion re: Board updates & communications – President Bill Pickett and Sara Niegowski, Chief Communications Officer

2 p.m.  Consent Calendar (action)

  1. March 7, 2019, public session minutes

  2. March 12, 2019, emergency public session minutes

  3. March 15, 2019, emergency public Session minutes

  4. April 18, 2019, special public session minutes

  5. April 22, 2019, special public session minutes

  6. WSBA APEX Awards Committee Recommendations

  7. Client Protection Board gift recommendations

  8. Technical corrections to RPC 6.1(a)(2) re: Pro Bono Publico service

2:15 p.m.  Governor Roundtable (governors’ issues of interest)

2:30 p.m.  Executive Session Pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(i) to discuss with legal counsel pending litigation to which the WSBA is a party

3 p.m.  Public Session to take any action related to executive session, if needed.

  • Information:

    1. Interim Executive Director’s Report

    2. FY 2019 Second Quarter Management Report

    3. Legislative report

    4. Diversity and Inclusion events

    5. Financial statements

      1. Second quarter FY 2019 budget to actual narrative

      2. Feb. 28, 2019, financial statements

      3. March 31, 2019, financial statements

      4. March 31, 2019, and April 30, 2019, investment updates

  • Preview of July 26-27 meeting

3:15 p.m.  Adjourn