Meet the Board of Governors
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 the President, President-elect, and Immediate Past President and members elected from each Congressional District and at-large.
The Board meets 7 times per year across the state. Meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions. The Board has several committees, and Governors serve as liaisons to WSBA Committees.
Patrick A. Palace opened Palace Law Offices in 1995, a firm that emphasizes workers’ compensation, civil rights, and personal injury matters. Palace is the President of the WSBA Board of Governors.
Palace served on the WSBA Board of Governors for the Sixth District from 2008–2011. He was also the WSBA treasurer from 2010–2011. Prior to serving as WSBA governor, he was president of the WSBA Young Lawyers Division (1999–2000) and served on the Public Legal Education Workgroup Task Force and the WSBA President’s Advisory Committee, which was created to promote judicial independence.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in International Business and his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
Anthony Gipe. Bio to come.
Michele G. Radosevich was elected president of the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. Radosevich is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where she has worked in the commercial litigation department since 1995. Her primary focus is on state and local tax litigation.
One of Radosevich’s areas of expertise is working with the Legislature and on legislative issues. A former Wisconsin state senator, she has continued to hone her skills and pursue her interest in this area. Radosevich spent 10 years on the WSBA Legislative Committee, where she served as chair and vice chair.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). After law school, she served as clerk to Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson.
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Kenneth W. Masters was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2012. Over the last 20 years, Masters has assisted numerous trial lawyers, handling hundreds of civil appeals at Masters Law Group (formerly Wiggins & Masters). He is president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and a fellow of both the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Masters previously chaired the WSBA’s Court Rules and Procedures Committee and the Amicus Curiae Brief Committee. He also serves on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Long-Range Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
Bradford E. Furlong. Bio to come.
Brian J. Kelly was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Both a lawyer and a certified public accountant, Kelly is a principal in the law firm Hillier Scheibmeir Vey & Kelly P.S. His practice focus is business, tax, real property, probate, and municipal law, with an emphasis on business succession and estate planning. Kelly serves on WSBA’s Budget and Audit Committee, and previously served on the Client Security Fund Board, Judicial Recommendation Committee, and the Limited Practice Board.
He earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of South Dakota.
Jerry Moberg was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. He represents cities, school districts, and counties in litigation for Canfield & Associates in Ephrata, a third-party administrator of several public risk pools. Prior to that, Moberg was a solo practitioner, served as a superior court judge in Grant County, and practiced at firms in Spokane and Moses Lake. He is currently on the board of the Samaritan Hospital Ethics Committee.
He received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Gonzaga University
Paul A. Bastine was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. Now retired, Bastine’s career spans years in private practice before joining the bench in 1995 as a Spokane County Superior Court Judge. In 1999 he became the first family law judge in Spokane County to dedicate his full judicial time to the administration of justice in family law. He continues to serve as a pro tem judge, including private trials, arbitrations and mediations.
Judge Bastine’s service to the WSBA began in 1974, when he served for two years on the Legal Aid Committee, including a term as chair. Since then, he has also served on the Special Task Force on Statewide Legal Services, the Pro Bono Services Task Force I and II, Family Law Task Force, and Equal Access to Justice Task Force, as well as the WSBA Resolutions Committee, Ethics Committee, Practice of Law Board, Access to Justice Board, and Disciplinary Board.
Judge Bastine received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.
Vernon W. Harkins was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Harkins is a partner at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP. He focuses his practice on plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice cases. In addition to the WSBA and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Harkins is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served as a volunteer hearing officer for WSBA disciplinary proceedings.
He received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Gonzaga University, and began his career in Spokane as a deputy prosecuting attorney.
Daniel G. Ford was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. He is statewide advocacy coordinator for Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that protects and defends the legal and human rights of low-income people. Most of his career has been focused on litigation, legislation, and rulemaking to protect the rights of immigrants. Ford has served as chair of WSBA’s Access to Justice Technology Committee and as a member of the Civil Rights Committee.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.
Barbara Rhoads-Weaver was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. In 2009, she formed her own practice, Sustainable Law PLLC, which focuses on representing injured people in civil suits. Since 2008, she has served on the Board of Directors for QLaw, the GLBT bar association of Washington. She is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association of Justice, and a member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS).
Rhoads-Weaver began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Tom Chambers, of the Washington State Supreme Court, then worked as an associate at law firm in Seattle for five years. She earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Wilton S. “Bill” Viall III was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Since 1997, he has served as chief operations officer and counsel at Williams Kastner in Seattle. His practice experience includes jury and bench trials in district and superior courts, practice in U.S. district and bankruptcy courts, and appeals to the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court. For more than 20 years he served as the City Attorney for Normandy Park. Viall was also a Washington state Senate candidate in addition to serving as a King County District Court pro tem judge.
He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Washington.
James Andrus. Bio to come.
Philip Brady. Bio to come.
James W. Armstrong Jr. was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. He has his own firm, Armstrong Law Offices, where he focuses his practice on workers’ compensation and Social Security disability.
Armstrong has been active in the Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), the oldest minority bar association in Washington state. He served for six years on the LMBA Executive Board, including a term as president.
Armstrong served for four years in the United States Marine Corps, received his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, and earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.
Karen Denise Wilson. Bio to come.
Robin Lynn Haynes was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, representing new and young Lawyers. She recently joined the Litigation Team at Witherspoon Kelley as a Principal. She had previously worked with the firm of R&G, P.S where she became its first female partner in 2011.
Haynes’s involvement in the legal community began shortly after her graduation from law school, when she began serving regularly as a volunteer judge for moot court and student competitions at Gonzaga. Since 2009, she has served as a mentor for first-year law students and has spoken on panels at student events. Haynes received her undergraduate, master’s and law degrees from Gonzaga University.
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