Updated: May 24, 2022

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.

2022 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 6, 2022. Review the Nomination Form 


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.


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. The WYLC will select award recipients by considering several factors, including a nominee's leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1 and long-term service or an extraordinary contribution to the community as it pertains to:

  • 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;
  • Writing a blog post for NWSidebar and/or writing an article for Washing State Bar News magazine.

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 the WSBA to the award recipient notifying them of their selection.

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