Updated: May 19, 2022

Board of Governors Elections

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The WSBA Board of Governors focuses on policy, leadership, strategy, and oversight of the organization. Service on the Board requires vision, leadership, diplomacy, and passion in pursuit of the WSBA's mission to serve the public and the members of the WSBA, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession and to champion justice.

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Congratulations to Hunter Abell, recently elected as the 2022-2023 President-elect. 

President-elect is determined by a vote of the current members of the Board of Governors. The candidates were interviewed and the election took place at the May 19-20, 2022, meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Meet the Governor At-Large Candidates

Notice of Upcoming Election: The Governor At Large Election will begin Monday, May 16 and end at 5 p.m. PST Wednesday, June 1. All active WSBA members are eligible to vote in this election and should receive an e-ballot on May 16. 

Your electronic ballot will appear as follows:
From: WSBA Election Admin help@election-america.com  
Subject: WSBA Board of Governors Elections

For questions regarding the At Large election, please email barleaders@wsba.org.

The Congressional District Elections for Districts 2, 9 and 10 have concluded. 

Congratulations to the new Congressional District Governor-elects:
District 2: Kari Petrasek
District 9: Kevin Fay
District 10: Nam Nguyen

The complete election results are as follows:

District 2:
Kari Petrasek, 242 votes (65.9%)
G. Geoffrey Gibbs, 125 votes (34.1%)
Total Votes: 367 (21.41% of electorate)

District 9:
Kevin Fay (declared the winner)

District 10:
Nam Nguyen, 262 votes (69.9%)
Patrick Rawnsley, 113 votes (30.1%)
Total Votes: 375 (19.32%)

The election results were certified by an Election Board appointed by the WSBA President. The Election Board members were James Doane, Thea Jennings and, Russell Knight.

More Information and Important Dates

All Applicants should note these dates and plan to attend.

  • July 2122: All Candidates elected (Governor-elects) to serve on the Board of Governors should plan to attend the New Governor Orientation and Meeting held on these dates in Tacoma, WA and virtually. 
  • Sept. 22–23: Candidates elected to serve on the WSBA Board of Governors will be sworn in at this meeting and should plan to attend in Bellevue and virtual.

Service on the WSBA Board of Governors 

Is Board Service Right For You?

  • Review the 'Serving on the WSBA Board of Governors' Overview. 
  • For the next cycle, the application information will be posted in January 2023. Per WSBA Bylaws, the application deadline for the Congressional seats is February 15, 2023 and the application deadline for Governor At Large is April 17, 2023. 
  • In 2023, the WSBA will be seeking applicants for the following seats: Congressional Districts 3, 6, 7 North, 7 and Governor At Large.
  • Email Volunteer Engagement Advisor Paris Eriksen if interested or have any questions.

Notice of WSBA COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccination Policy

In 2021, the WSBA Board of Governors approved a policy requiring all WSBA volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in an in-person WSBA meeting or event. This policy is inclusive of the Board of Governors. More information.

The WSBA values diversity and inclusion, and encourages Black, Indigenous and people of color, women, people from the LBGTQ communities, people with disabilities, and members of other groups who have been systemically oppressed to apply for our committees, boards, and panels. 

Please contact Paris Eriksen, WSBA Volunteer Engagement Advisor, at parise@wsba.org or barleaders@wsba.org.