2017 Board of Governors Elections

There are currently two vacancies on the Board of Governors, due to members ending their terms early.

Board of Governors Vacancy: 4th District

Application deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Due to the election of current Gov. William D. Pickett to the office of 2017-2018 president-elect, there is an opportunity for service on the WSBA Board of Governors for a member from the 4th Congressional District. The new 4th District Governor will serve the remaining one-year of Gov. Pickett’s term and will be eligible to run for a subsequent full term of three years. The one-year term starts at the close of the Sept. 28-29, 2017, Board meeting in Seattle, and the new governor will be sworn in at the APEX Awards Dinner on Sept. 28.

Interviews for interested applicants will occur at the Board’s July 27-28, 2017, meeting in Union, Washington. If you are interested in being considered, please email or mail a letter of application and resume to barleaders@wsba.org or WSBA Office of the Executive Director, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101. Your application must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Letters of support, which will be shared with the Board of Governors, may be sent per above and must be received by 5 p.m. PDT on Friday, July 14.

Learn more about the duties and rewards of Board service

Eligibility: You must be an active WSBA member and live in the 4th Congressional District, according to your address in myWSBA. Learn more about congressional district boundaries.

Board of Governors Vacancy: At-Large Seat for New and Young Lawyers

Application deadline: Thursday, July 20, 2017

The at-large position on the WSBA Board of Governors designated for a new or young lawyer is vacant due to the recent resignation of Gov. Sean Davis upon accepting the position as WSBA general counsel. Applications are now open to complete the remainder of Davis’s term. The person selected for this position will serve from late September 2017 until late September 2018; the person elected will be eligible to run for an additional three-year term. WSBA members may nominate themselves or other eligible members.

Eligibility: Any active "Young Lawyer" member who has not previously served on the Board of Governors for more than 18 months may be nominated. Per WSBA Bylaws, "Active lawyer members of the Bar will be considered Young Lawyers until the last day of December of the year in which the member attains the age of 36 years or until the last day of December of the fifth year after the year in which such member first was admitted to practice as a lawyer in any state, whichever is later."

Nominations will be reviewed, and some candidates will be interviewed by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee in Seattle on Saturday, Aug. 5. The WYLC will recommend finalists to the WSBA Board of Governors. Finalists will be interviewed during the Board's Sept. 28, 2017, meeting in Seattle. The candidate elected by the Board will be sworn in at the APEX Awards Dinner on Sept. 28 and take office at the close of the Board meeting on Sept. 29.

At-large Nomination Form for new and young lawyers

In addition to the nomination form, candidates for the new and young lawyer at-large position should submit a letter of interest and resume. Candidates may wish to submit letters of support to supplement their nomination. All materials are due by 5 p.m. PDT July 20, 2017. Materials should be emailed to newlawyers@wsba.org or mailed to WSBA Office of the Executive Director, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98101. 

More information: 

  • Learn more about what is involved in serving as the at-large governor for the new and young lawyers by reviewing this position description
  • Watch a webcast Q&A with Sean Davis at noon–1 p.m., Friday, June 30. Register here to participate.
  • Participate in an online Q&A with Sean Davis at noon–1 p.m., Friday, July 7. The chat will take place on this web page.
  • Further questions? Contact Lynda Foster, New Lawyer Program specialist, at lyndaf@wsba.org, 206-733-5934.


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