2017 Board of Governors Elections

Five positions on the WSBA Board of Governors are up for election in 2017. The open positions represent the following congressional districts and one at-large position:

  • District 3
  • District 6
  • District 7-North
  • District 8
  • At-Large

The three-year term of office begins Sept. 29, 2017. Learn more about what is involved in serving on the WSBA Board of Governors.

District Positions


Any active member (except one previously elected to the Board of Governors) may be nominated or run for the office of governor from the congressional district in which the member is entitled to vote (see Voting, below). Your congressional district is listed in myWSBA.

Becoming a candidate

To run for a district seat on the Board of Governors, or to nominate another WSBA member, you must file a statement of interest and a biographical statement of 100 words or less. The required forms are below. The WSBA Office of the Executive Director must receive the applications for district races by 5 p.m. PST on Feb. 15, 2017. Note: Biographical statements of nominated candidates will be published on the WSBA website.

Nomination forms

BOG Candidate Forum

A candidate forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017. All candidates for the district seats are strongly encouraged to participate. The forum will be held at the WSBA Conference Center in Seattle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend and bring questions for the candidates. The forum will also be webcast and accessible statewide for live viewing.


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. PDT on April 3, 2017.

At-Large Position

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.

Nominations for the at-large position will open in early 2017. Candidate interviews and the election will take place at the Board of Governors meeting scheduled for May 18-19, 2017, in Seattle. The deadline to submit a nomination for the at-large position is 5 p.m. PDT on April 20, 2017.

If you have questions, please email barleaders@wsba.org.


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