Access to Justice Board Communications Committee


The Communications Committee mission is to assist the ATJ Board in implementing the 2015 Communication Plan, developed by the Communications Workgroup and approved by the ATJ Board. The Communication Plan identifies three areas for ATJ Board communication:

  • Communicating about our work
  • Facilitating Alliance for Equal Justice Communications
  • Communicating with the public

View the Communications Committee Charter, adopted by the ATJ Board in April 2015.

History and Accomplishments

This Committee was originally a subcommittee of the Joint Media Committee of the Access to Justice Board and the Council on Public Legal Education. The ATJ Board established the Communications Committee to move forward on a more intense media strategy, including a branding initiative for the civil legal aid provider community. The Committee developed a Communications Plan in 2004, which served as a template for the Committee’s work until 2014.

Alliance for Equal Justice Member logo in black and white with mottoThe Committee’s first project was to develop a brand for civil legal aid in Washington State — The Alliance for Equal Justice. The Committee used its time and resources to build understanding of the work of the Alliance through consistent messages about civil legal aid. The Committee presented numerous workshops at annual Access to Justice Conferences, ATJ leadership committee gatherings, and ATJ Board meetings. Presentations included how to deliver a unified message about civil equal justice for all.

In 2014, the ATJ Board commissioned an evaluation of its work. The evaluation addressed the challenges that the previous communications plan had in accomplishing its goals. The ATJ Board formed a work group to develop an updated three-part communication plan in, adopted in 2015, and launched a new Communications Committee Charter to carry out the work.

Lynn Greiner

Staff Liaisons
Bonnie Sterken and Jay Doran


The ATJ Communications Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the first month of each quarter from 9–11 a.m. To receive meeting notices, contact Bonnie Sterken.

April 2016 meeting minutes

January 2016 meeting minutes

October 2015 meeting minutes

July 2015 meeting minutes