Updated: Sept. 9, 2022

Washington Young Lawyers Committee Projects

Please join the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) in their work to welcome new and young lawyers into the legal profession.

Anyone may sign up for to work on a WYLC project. If you would like to join, please click on the name of the project lead and contact them directly to sign up. 

Project Categories:

Access to Justice and Recruiting, Retention and Retiring

Project lead: Alixanne Pinkerton

Members: Zachary Bryant

Educate the bar, law schools and membership on the rural retention challenge and the opportunities to successfully build a rural practice. Explore co-hosting the “Northwest Regional Summit” in partnership with the Oregon New Lawyers Division in 2019. Explore developing an RFP for the Access to Justice Conference workshop that will focus on the changing landscape of membership practicing in rural communities and address concerns of legal professionals in rural communities. Work with staff on a rural placement pilot project to connect WYLC regional representatives to fellows. Help identify counties and other potential participants such as law schools, local bar associations, etc. to participate in pilot, and provide additional support for this pilot program.

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Project lead: Aaron Haynes

Members: TBD

Administer the Public Service & Leadership Award. Write NWSidebar blog posts (and possibly a Bar News article) about award recipients. Administer the ABA YLD Delegate Meeting Scholarships for the midyear and annual meetings. Evaluate the scholarship applications and select delegate scholarship recipients. To learn more about the scholarship and deadlines, visit the ABA Scholarship webpage. Work with WSBA staff to research, order, and present awards for outgoing WYLC members.

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Bylaws and Governance

Project Lead: Zachary Davison

Members: Marye Rebecca Scott , Chelsie Elliott

This team will be doing work preparing proposed bylaws changes affecting the young lawyer definition as well as the young lawyer Board of Governors position. The team may interface more closely with the Board and the state Supreme Court regarding matters affecting WSBA governance.

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Debt and New Lawyer Benefits

Project leads: Brian Neuharth, Jordan Couch 

Members: Catherine Holm, Alyssa Nevala

Develop financial planning CLE with WSBA CLE team. Work with WSBA staff to support Preadmission Education Program (PREP). Propose, develop, and outline debt solutions and new lawyer benefits for young and new lawyers.

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Time commitment and level of engagement varies. Contact project leads for more information or reach out to newmembers@wsba.org with any additional questions.