Updated: Aug. 21, 2018


Sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyer Committee (WYLC) created the Public Service and Leadership Award 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 leadership subcommittee reviews applicants and selects awardees

2017-2018 Award Process

This year the WYLC will honor five new or young lawyers with the Public Service and Leadership Award. The Washington State Bar Association considers an active member a young or new 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.

Deadline: The deadline for receiving nominations for the 2017-2018 Award has passed. Please check back in the future for the 2018-2019 Award information


The award is for licensed attorneys who are admitted and in good standing to practice in Washington and qualify as a new or young lawyer.* Candidates must be nominated by another individual. A subcommittee of 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:

  • Mentoring
  • 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 NWLawyer

*A young lawyer is any Bar member younger than 36 or with five years or less practice experience.

Selection Process

Award recipients will be selected at the August WYLC meeting. Awards are issued once per year by the WYLC's Awards and Recognition subcommittee. 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. They will receive recognition in the September/October NWLawyer magazine. Award recipients will be notified via email. Awardees may receive one award each WSBA fiscal year (Oct. 1–Sept. 30).

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

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