Updated: Nov. 23, 2022

Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee Welcomes Applicants for Open Positions

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Members of the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) have a shared interest in programs, benefits, and issues facing new and young lawyers. Service on the WYLC offers you the unique opportunity to develop your leadership skills, network with others around the state, and create programs and benefits for a new and young lawyer audience. The WYLC will have the following positions to fill for terms starting Oct. 1, 2022:

  • North Central Region Representative 
  • Southeast Region Representative 
  • Snohomish County Representative 
  • Pierce County Representative
  • At-large Representative

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The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is a diverse group of 18 new and young lawyers representing different regions throughout Washington state. Leadership on the committee affords new and young lawyers the opportunity to build connections across the state and throughout the legal community.

Some of what WYLC is here to do:

  • help put together and run programs for new and young lawyers that focus on public and pro bono service
  • help lawyers transition into practice
  • promote leadership; and most importantly
  • uphold the Washington State Bar Association’s mission to serve the public, ensure integrity of the legal profession, and champion justice

If you are interested in joining the Washington Young Lawyers Committee as a regional or at-large member,  find more information here.

The committee meets the second Saturday of every other month. Meetings are open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Projects

The WYLC focuses on a variety of specific areas important to new and young lawyers and law students. If you're interested in helping the WYLC accomplish its goals or have ideas, join a project team today and let us know what WYLC can do for you. To get involved with WYLC's projects, please email newmembers@wsba.org. Find more information about the projects here.

Meet the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

View a map of WYLC District Composition.

2021-2022

Zachary Davison, Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022. Sept. 30, 2023
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2024

Emily Ann Albrecht, Immediate Past Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2023
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2023

Elyse Lopez, Southwest Region: Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Full Term: Oct. 1,2022–Sept. 30, 2025

Zachary Bryant, Northwest Region: Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Alyssa NevalaKing County
Current Term: 
Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2023
Full Term: Jan. 27, 2021–Sept. 30, 2025

Carnissa Lucas-Smith, King County
Current Term: 
June 21, 2022- Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Vacant, At-Large
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024
Current Term: Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2024

Catarina FerrieraPeninsula Region: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, and Mason counties
Current TermOct. 5, 2022- Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Stephan Yhann, South Central Region: Yakima, Kittitas, and Klickitat counties
Current Term: June 21, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Aaron Haynes, Chair Elect
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2023
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30,

Vacant,  Pierce County
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023
Current Term: Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2023

Cody Branstetter, Greater Olympia Region: Lewis and Thurston counties
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

VacantSnohomish County
Term: Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2022

Marye Rebecca Scott, Greater Spokane Region
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Aaron Haynes, At-Large
Term:
Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Vacant, At-Large
Current Term:
Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2024
Full Term:
Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2025

Vacant, Southeast Region: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties

Jordan Couch, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2023

Kari Petrasek,  Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2023

VacantNorth Central Region: Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties
Current Term: Upon Appointment through Sept. 30, 2023
Term: Oct. 1, 2020–Sept. 30, 2023

Staff Liaison: Curtiss Melvin
Staff Support: Chelle Gegax


Next Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, that a Washington Young Lawyers Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Saturday, January 14

Time: 10 a.m. until all business is completed 

Location: Zoom 
Meeting ID: 843 0290 3135 || Passcode: 447770

Please check back for agenda and meeting materials.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email julianneu@wsba.org 

All in-person attendees, including but not limited to WSBA Staff, Volunteers and members of the public must meet the requirements of the WSBA's Vaccination Policy. All attendees at in-person events and gatherings will be required to wear a mask, and provide proof of vaccination from COVID-19; or provide proof of a negative PCR COVID test within the past 72 hours.

Note: Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the agenda. The time and order of agenda items are subject to change at the discretion of the committee chair.


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