Updated: May 19, 2020

Public Service and Leadership Award

Sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) created the Public Service and Leadership Award (PSLA) to highlight the work of new and young lawyer community leaders who also make a difference through public service. Attorneys are nominated by WSBA members and the WYLC reviews applicants and selects awardees.

2019–2020 Awards

This year the WYLC will honor four new or young lawyers with the PSLA. Each recipient will be eligible to attend one WSBA-CLE program of up to six credits total to be used within one year of receiving the award. The award recipient’s name and photo may be posted on the WSBA website, publications, and/or social media.

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

Eligibility

The PSLA is awarded to licensed attorneys who are admitted and in good standing to practice in Washington and qualify as a “young lawyer.” The Washington State Bar Association considers an active member a young lawyer if at least one of two criteria is met: 1) the member has been admitted to practice for fewer than five years (in any state), or 2) the member is under 36 years of age.

Nominations

Candidates must be nominated by another individual. To complete a nomination, submit the Nomination Form and a current resume of the nominee to newmembers@wsba.org.

Selection Process

During the selection process, the WYLC will consider the nominee’s leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1. Long-term service or an extraordinary contribution to the community will be considered, including:

  • Leadership and service in the local community or within a bar association
  • WSBA, ABA, or local bar association activities
  • Volunteering with pro bono or public service programs. or
  • Writing a blog post for NWSidebar and/or writing an article for Washington State Bar News magazine

The WYLC will select the award recipients at the July 25, 2020 WYLC meeting. All application materials will be included in the WYLC meeting materials packet and posted online. Confidential information will be redacted from publication. Recipients may only receive the award once during the WSBA fiscal year (Oct. 1–Sept. 30). A congratulatory email will be sent directly from WSBA to the award recipient notifying them of their selection.

Current members of the WYLC are eligible to receive this award; but if nominated, WYLC members must abstain from voting for award recipients.

If you have questions, please contact  newmembers@wsba.org .