Updated: Sept. 29, 2022

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington open until filled
Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors; application deadline is Dec. 21

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 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

Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors

Application Deadline is Dec. 21, 2022

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications to appoint four (4) attorney members to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Board of Directors.  Two (2) incumbents are eligible to reapply.  Appointments are for a term of three years. 

Candidates with lived experience reflective of NJP’s client community are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates outside of the central Puget Sound region.

With more than 180 attorneys, NJP pursues its mission of Combating Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity by providing free legal services to low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington State.  NJP is primarily funded by the Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the WA Department of Commerce, the Legal Foundation of Washington among other public and private funders.

Service on NJP’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for accomplished individuals who are passionate about the struggle for equal justice and who are committed to ensuring low-income people in Washington have access to high-quality civil legal assistance and representation.  NJP’s board is responsible for setting program policy; overseeing NJP operations and regulatory compliance; providing fiscal oversight; helping with resource development; and supporting, partnering with, and overseeing the executive director. NJP’s Board is committed to advancing the Access to Justice Community’s Race Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI).

Board members attend quarterly meetings in Seattle (when resumed again), attend a one-day annual retreat, and serve on two standing committees (which meet telephonically 8-10 times per year). Board members can also participate in and support NJP in local legal community activities and the every other year Access to Justice Conference. Board-related travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

For more information, please contact Executive Director César Torres, cesart@nwjustice.org; or Board Development Committee Chair Chiedza Nziramazanga, nzirama2@gmail.com. To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org by December 21, 2022.