Updated: June 1, 2022

Welcome New Governors!

Congratulations on your election to the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serve the Bar and its mission to serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

The 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.

Governors Manual

The below information has been curated for members of the WSBA Board of Governors. This web-format manual is particularly helpful for new governors but may be used as a valuable resource for all governors throughout their service. 

Information below will be updated throughout the year. If you think something should be included, please contact Paris Eriksen, Volunteer Engagement Advisor (see Key Contacts document below). More Information can also be found by visiting the Volunteer Toolbox.

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Introduction to WSBA

The Role of the Board of Governors

Board of Governors: Authority and Responsibility

Board Mechanics

WSBA & Department Overviews