2017 Board of Governors Elections

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 M. 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 M. Davis at recorded on Friday, June 30. Click here to watch the webcast.
  • Read the below online Q&A with Sean M. Davis from Friday, July 7. 
  • Questions? Contact Lynda Foster, New Lawyer Program specialist, at lyndaf@wsba.org, 206-733-5934 or former WSBA Gov. Sean M. Davis at smvd.esq@gmail.com

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