Updated: Jan. 18, 2019

Join a Bar Committee, Board or Panel

Application deadline is March 1, 2019

Applications are now being accepted from WSBA members interested in joining one of the many committees, boards or panels administered by WSBA. This overview document provides brief descriptions of each group; below are links to detailed volunteer position descriptions. To apply, login to myWSBA and look for the "Apply to a Committee" box under My Profile. (Members of the public looking for volunteer opportunities should consult this page.)

The application deadline is March 1. After the deadline, applications will be reviewed by individual nomination teams for each position, then by the WSBA Board of Governors Nominations Committee. Some positions are appointed by the Board of Governors, and some by the Supreme Court. Because of the lengthy review and appointment process, applicants may not learn if they have been appointed until mid to late summer. Most positions begin Oct. 1, 2019. Applicants are welcome to check on their status at any time by emailing barleaders@wsba.org.

The WSBA values diversity and inclusion, and encourages people of color, women, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically under-represented groups to apply for our committees, boards and panels.

If you need assistance completing or submitting the application, contact Bar Services Manager Pam Inglesby at pami@wsba.org or 206-727-8226.

Volunteer position descriptions:

WSBA Committees (created by the Board of Governors)

Committee on Professional Ethics
Continuing Legal Education Committee
Council on Public Defense
Court Rules & Procedures Committee
Editorial Advisory Committee
Judicial Recommendation Committee
Legislative Review Commitee
Pro Bono and Public Service Committee
Washington Young Lawyers Committee (also see below)
WSBA Diversity Committee

WSBA Regulatory Boards and Panels (created by court rule)

Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel
Board of Bar Examiners
Character & Fitness Board
Client Protection Board
Law Clerk Board

Supreme Court Boards and Panels (administered by WSBA)

Disciplinary Board
Disciplinary Selection Panel
Hearing Officer
Limited License Legal Technician Board
Limited Practice Board
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board
Practice of Law Board

Other positions

Conflicts Review Officer
Disciplinary Advisory Round Table
Records Request Appeals Officer

Current Opportunities

Southeast Regional Representative Needed: Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The WSBA is accepting applications from members interested in serving as the Southeast Regional Representative on the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) for an interim appointment through Sept. 30, 2019*.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the WSBA "Young Lawyer" definition as of Jan. 1, 2019. Per WSBA Bylaws, active lawyer members of the Bar shall be considered Young Lawyers until whichever occurs later: the last day of December of the year in which the member attains the age of 36, or the last day of December of the fifth year after the year in which such member was first admitted to practice in any state.
  2. In order to assure geographic diversity for purposes of outreach, twelve of the committee members are appointed on the basis of residing or working in specific geographic regions. For the Southeast Regional representative position, the member must reside or work in Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, or Whitman counties.

Please see the detailed position description for general information about WYLC positions. (The position description may contain outdated deadlines and links as this notice is for an interim appointment.) For additional specific information about the Southwest Region Representative position and to learn how to apply, contact newmembers@wsba.org.

* Appointee may apply to serve an additional three-year term to begin on Oct. 1, 2019, provided that the appointee meets the eligibility requirements listed above at the time of re-application.

Year-Round Opportunities

Get involved with the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is a vehicle for new lawyers and law students to get involved with the Bar and a home to network and enhance leadership skills. Help develop programs for new and young lawyers, serve on a WYLC subcommittee, or become a young lawyer liaison to a WSBA section.

Put justice in reach for all on the Access to Justice Board

The Access to Justice Board, a Washington Supreme Court-created board administered by the Bar, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. Volunteers are welcome to join any of the ATJ Board's committees at any time of the year.