Updated: May 19, 2022

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington — open until filled. 

Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee- deadline is Friday, June 10.


Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee

Application Deadline: Friday, June 10

One position is open on the Washington Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for a term beginning July 15, 2022, and ending July 15, 2026. The WSBA will nominate an applicant to be appointed by the Washington Supreme Court. The incumbent is eligible to apply for reappointment.

Committee members research, draft, review, discuss, and vote on civil and criminal instructions proposed by subcommittees. This position requires a considerable time commitment. The full committee meets the first Saturday of each month (except July and August) for three or four hours. Members also serve on one or more subcommittees. It is a large committee with more than 30 members, including judges and lawyers, and two WSBA representatives. Committee members have the option of participating in meetings by telephone. The committee reimburses its members for their meeting travel expenses as permitted by state regulations. For additional information, please contact Stephanie Happold at stephanie.happold@courts.wa.gov.

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington

Open Until Filled. 

The WSBA Board of Governors will appoint five members of the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington for terms beginning upon appointment and expiring Dec. 31, 2023 (the term expiration is set by the Board of Governors and subject to change).

The Bench-Bar-Press Committee was formed in 1963 to foster better understanding and working relationships among judges, lawyers, and journalists.  Its mission is to seek to accommodate, as much as possible, the tension between the constitutional values of free press and fair trial through educational events and relationship building. The committee is chaired by the Chief Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court and includes representatives from the legal profession, judiciary, law enforcement, and news media.

The full committee typically holds an in-person (currently paused due to COVID-19). A liaison committee, called the Fire Brigade conducts work throughout the year. Subcommittees of volunteers are organized on an ad hoc basis to plan and execute events. More information can be found here, or contact Wendy Ferrell, Administrative Office of the Courts, at wendy.ferrell@courts.wa.gov.

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to barleaders@wsba.org