about the washington state bar association

About the Washington State Bar Association

The WSBA’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

The Washington State Bar Association is part of the judicial branch, exercising a governmental function authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 35,000 lawyers. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional association — all without public funding. As a regulatory agency, the WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam; provides record-keeping and licensing functions; and administers the lawyer discipline system. As a professional association, the WSBA provides continuing legal education for attorneys, in addition to numerous other educational and member-service activities.

Governance and Leadership

The Board of Governors is the governing body of the WSBA which determines the general policies of the Bar and approves its budget each year. The Board of Governors consists of (a) the President, President-elect, and Immediate Past President and members elected from each Congressional District and at-large.

The Board of Governors elects the President-elect of the Bar and selects the Executive Director.

Paula Littlewood and Steve Crossland

WSBA Governance

Information about the Board of Governors, its work, and meeting schedule

Paula Littlewood

Executive Director

Meet Paula Littlewood, WSBA Executive Director

More about the WSBA

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