Board of Governors
Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2017: District 3, District 6, District 7-North, District 8, and an At-Large position.
Watch the videos from the Board of Governors Candidate Forum held on March 1.
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(Amber Rush has withdrawn from the district 3 election)
The district-based positions are elected by their peers. Generally, members are entitled to vote in the congressional district in which they reside. All out-of-state active WSBA members are eligible to vote in the district of the address of their agent within Washington for the purpose of receiving service of process as required by APR 5(f), or, if specifically designated to the WSBA executive director, within the district of their primary Washington practice.
The WSBA uses an electronic voting system, and members will not receive a paper ballot unless they request one. Email ballots will be sent on March 15, 2017, and votes must be received by 5 p.m. PST on April 3, 2017. Paper ballots will be mailed upon request, and completed ballots must be received in the WSBA Office of the Executive Director by 5 p.m. PST on April 3, 2017. Send paper ballot requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about the district elections, please email email@example.com
One of the three at-large positions is open in 2017. Under WSBA’s Bylaws, the purpose of this position is to increase diversity and representation on the Board, and the position is to be filled by an active attorney WSBA member who has “the experience and knowledge of the needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically under-represented in governance, or who represents some of the diverse elements of the public of the state of Washington.” This position is elected by the Board of Governors. Learn more about what is involved in serving on the Board of Governors.
Nominations for the at-large position are now open. The deadline is 5 p.m. PST on April 20, 2017. To nominate yourself or another WSBA member, complete the nomination form and return it as directed on the form. Candidate interviews and the election will take place at the Board of Governors meeting scheduled for May 18-19, 2017, in Seattle. Nominees generally (but are not required to) submit additional materials for the Board of Governor's consideration, including a cover letter, resume, or letters of support. Additional materials must be received by the WSBA's Office of the Executive Director by May 3, 2017.
Questions about the at-large position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a young man, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart. Upon completion of my military service I served as a deputy prosecutor, a Special Assistant United States Attorney, and was twice elected to the office of County Prosecuting Attorney. Since completing my final term as an elected prosecutor, I have run a law firm in Vancouver, Washington, focusing on criminal defense in federal and state courts.
I have also worked to improve the WSBA bylaws and have WSBA membership dues rolled back.
I hold law degrees from Texas and Australia and science degrees from Stanford and Houston. I have represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and the indigent, while solo and in a law firm. I have written and presented numerous CLEs covering Ethics, Elder Law, and Intellectual Property.
Currently, I am the Immediate Past President of the Clark County Bar Association and our local Inn of Court. I understand the challenges facing non-profits, and I have been very successful at streamlining budgets and operations due to my engineering background. Given recent events, this experience may be most helpful to the WSBA.
Kyle D. Sciuchetti
I have been a member of the WSBA for over 20 years and am currently in private practice with the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC. I’ve served on the WSBA Legislative Committee for many years, most recently as Chair. I’m the immediate past President/Chair of the Clark County Food Bank and serve on the board of directors for the Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
I am interested in representing District 3 and Southwest Washington on the Board of Governors in order to improve the delivery of services to its members and promote an efficient and cost effective organization.
John R. "Jack" Connelly
Tacoma trial attorney Jack Connelly is interested in WSBA Board service to help shape our profession’s future, strengthen our justice system, develop WSBA’s strategic goals and give back to the profession.
Educated at Stanford and UC Hastings, Jack is an experienced litigator who has handled numerous landmark cases, and received state and national recognition for his work.
Throughout his career, Jack has been active in the bar and community serving as President of WSAJ, Amicus Foundation, Tacoma-Pierce County bar trustee (twice), Young Lawyer’s President, President of the Tacoma Library System, City Club President, the Tacoma Rainiers and numerous other boards.
Justin D. Farmer
I am an attorney, business broker, and entrepreneur. In 2014, I created a business that assists owners of private practices find their successors. I have always enjoyed public service and work closely with organizations that serve both new and experienced lawyers. I am Co-Chair of the SU Law Alumni Board, Strategic Planning Committee, regularly speak at CLE, and volunteer my time as a mentor. In sum, I currently devote a significant amount of time giving back to the legal community. Accordingly, I would like nothing more than to lend a new and unique perspective to the work of the BOG.
Stephen "Steve" Trinen
I am a civil litigator handling both defense and plaintiff’s cases as a Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Prior to 2014 I was assigned to criminal prosecution, eight years to trial cases, and five to appeals.
I have several times used my education in business and economics to confer with small practitioners to promote profitability. I also teach many CLEs.
The Bar must regulate the profession, and represent the interests of attorneys without violating anti-trust. Technology is driving tremendous change. My only agenda on the Board is a balanced, functional organization while emphasizing small practice profitability and affordable legal services.
Brian M. Tollefson
I would like to promote the expansion of programs for access to justice for all; to support innovative and affordable CLE programs sponsored by WSBA; to advocate for improved efficiencies in WSBA’s administration to maintain affordable bar dues; to participate in developing new strategies for encouraging mentorships and voluntarism in the retiring attorneys and judges for WSBA’s future.
CV: 1976 JD from Willamette University College of Law; Masters in Judicial Studies, University of Nevada at Reno (2009). Pierce County Superior Court Judge, 1989-2016; Kane, Vandeberg Law Firm, 1979-1988; Law Clerk, Justice Charles T. Wright, 1976- 1979.
Edward S. "Ed" Winskill
I would bring a broad perspective to the Board, as both a private and public attorney with deep experience. Practiced at Davies Pearson, Tacoma, 34 years; business, commercial and personal injury litigation. Represented over 45 lawyers in personal, business, law firm, and other sensitive matters. Tried over 100 civil cases, mostly jury. Most recent jury trial October 2016. Recruited by the Torts Division in 2008 and have handled cases around the State as an Assistant Attorney General.
Education: BA 1970 (Washington); JD 1973 (Willamette).
Personal: Married to Debbie Winskill; 5 children (helped raise 23 foster children); 12 grandchildren.
Joseph E. "Joe" Bringman
I am senior counsel at Perkins Coie, focusing on complex litigation involving securities and corporate governance issues.
I previously served the King County Bar Association as an officer and trustee, including president. I also serve(d) on KCBA committees and working groups addressing membership, strategic planning, judicial screening and evaluation, fair campaign practices, court rules, lawyer referral services, district court redistricting, and same-sex marriage.
I graduated from Yale University (1980) and the Stanford Law School (1983).
I believe that I served KCBA well, and look forward to applying what I learned at KCBA to represent the interests of Washington lawyers statewide.
Harry H. Goldman
I graduated from George Washington University, B.A. 1974 and Oklahoma City University, J.D. 1976. I am admitted to practice in Washington and Oklahoma. After practicing law as both a litigator and transactional attorney, I have spent the past thirty years primarily as a mediator in over 5,000 cases. This experience, coupled with having served as a city attorney and a volunteer as a member of a board of directors, gives me a unique ability to help people reach common ground, which I believe is essential if the WSBA is going to achieve its mission of service, integrity and justice.
Karama Halili Hawkins
I am the head of the Municipal Court Public Defenders Offices of Federal Way and Lake Forest Park, and serve King County as a Conflict Public Defender and Judge Pro Tem. I received my undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Washington.
I am interested in serving on the Board of Governors to further access to justice, maintain an unbiased and fair Judiciary, preserve ethics and professionalism, and pursue diversity and equality within the bar. To diligently work toward enhancing these principles is the only way we can possibly strive toward justice in all realms of our legal system.
Throughout my career I have donated countless hours to provide educational, professional development and networking opportunities for all WSBA members. I chair the Corporate Counsel Section, serve on the Business Law Section’s Securities Law Committee and previously served on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. In 2016 I was one of five Section Leaders elected by fellow Section Leaders to serve on the Sections Policy Workgroup and successfully intervened to protect the Sections from numerous harmful policy proposals. As Governor, I would ensure that Member and Section interests are better represented and advocate for improved governance practices and decision making.
Robert H. Castro
Attorney, litigation support professional, editor and appraiser.
Have served in community boards.
Access to legal services continues to be an issue but the proposal to expand the LLLT undermines solo practitioners and small firms. Solo practitioners and small firms are also having difficulty managing marketing, containing practice costs, and keeping pace with IT issues and ever changing regulation. WSBA needs to support its members facing mounting competition and costs, encourage small and solo firms to work together or merge to establish succession plans, and promote more ADR.
Kim E. Hunter
I attended Gonzaga University Law; on the President’s Ethics Committee, co-founded the Student Animal Defense League, and participated in the Innocence project and Restorative Justice program.
Currently I am the chair-elect for the Criminal Law Section of the Bar and participated in the the Board of Governors work group to insure that the rights and policies of the WSBA sections were considered and that the section governance was heard.
I have a strong belief that the members of the WSBA be heard and that the organization work for its members with absolute transparency. I will work towards that goal.
Reuben J. Ortega
Reuben Ortega is a co-founder of Cloutier Ortega, a full-service technology law firm. Reuben’s practice focuses on counseling entrepreneurs, start-ups, and investors on a variety of corporate matters. Reuben brings a broad set of skills to managing the WSBA. Reuben serves on multiple local nonprofit boards and has successfully created a lean startup with Cloutier Ortega. Reuben brings this fresh entrepreneurial perspective to the WSBA and serving on the Board of Governors would provide Reuben with an opportunity to ensure that Member and Section interests are better represented and advocate for more efficient governance practices and decision making.
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