Senior Lawyers Section
Welcome to the rank of Senior Lawyer! The Senior Lawyers Section is geared toward lawyers aged 55 years and counting or who have been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years. The section hosts an annual meeting and CLE program, social activities, and a newsletter. CLE programs focus on issues such as ethics, computer use, retirement strategies, and appellate procedures.
Pursuant to the section's bylaws, anyone may join the section, although section leadership and voting privileges are limited to active member of the Washington State Bar Association 55 years of age or older or who has been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years may be enrolled as a member of the section upon request and payment of annual section dues. Additionally, in accordance with the bylaws of the WSBA, law students may join the section as non-voting subscriber members.
For those of you who are not already members of the Senior Lawyers Section, consider joining this enthusiastic group by signing up now. In the words of past Chairman Fred Frederickson, "We have the best time of any section in the Association. Our longtime friends and compatriots at the Bar have much to offer each other."
The section's quarterly publication, Life Begins, is geared toward active senior lawyers. Section members are encouraged to submit articles of general interest and on legal issues.
Apply to Serve on the Section Executive Committee
The nominations period is March 2–April 7, 2020.
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. Voting will begin in May 2020.
The following positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2020.
- Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.
- Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.
- Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.
- At-Large Member (nine positions open): one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email email@example.com.
Year in Review*
(Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018)
*Sources: Year-End Section Financial Reports, Section Annual Report & WSBA Demographics Report
New/Young Lawyers: 0%
King County: 46%
Peninsula & Southern Washington: 18%
Central & Eastern Washington: 8%
Northern Washington: 13%
Public Sector/Government: 4%
Small Firm (2-10): 26%
Medium Firm (11-50): 11%
Large Firm (51+): 4%
Total Revenue (actual): $5,920.78
Total Expenses (actual): $8,556.78
Total Fund balance (actual): $5,962.32
Per-member-charge: $4,912.50/ 57.00%
Member benefits: $3,094.33 / 36.16%
Executive Committee: $549.95 / 6.42%
Section List Serve
- This is a "closed" list serve, which means it is not open to anyone not currently subscribed. Only current subscribers of the list serve can receive/send email to the list serve.
- Please note that the name of the list serve will be automatically added before the subject line of your message. The list name will appear in brackets. This allows you to use the list serve name as a filter when receiving email messages and setting up rules that you use to manage your email folders.
- This list serve allows attachments; however, the total message size including attachments is limited to 5 megabytes.
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Responding to Messages
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WSBA Member Benefits
Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including professional liability insurance and Casemaker? You can also find group medical insurance plans can be found through a broker and individual plans can be found through a broker or on the Exchange.
Chair: Eleanor Doermann
Secretary: Albert Armstrong III
Treasurer: Ronald E. Thompson
Newsletter Editor, "Life Begins": Ronald Mattson
Young Lawyer Liaison: Jeanine Blackett Lutzenhiser
Board of Governors Liaison: Chris Meserve*
The Executive Committee of the Senior Lawyers Sections meets on the third Tuesday of each month (except December, July, and August) 10:30 a.m. to noon. Meetings take place at the Broadmoor Golf Club, 2340 Broadmoor Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112. Attendees may also participate by telephone by dialing 866-577-9294 and entering the participant code: 5016522#.
Please contact committee member for further details on their upcoming meetings and.
For general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section Chair Brian Comstock.