BOG Governance Task Force

Governance Task Force completes final report

The Governance Task Force has spent the last 18 months conducting an in-depth review of the governance of the WSBA and its report is now complete. The recommendations of the Governance Task Force are considered a starting point for the Board of Governors' and the Supreme Court’s discussions. The Court has asked for the Board’s response to the report. In preparation for taking action at its September 17-18, 2015, meeting, the Board is seeking member input over the next year on the recommendations (see priority order of topics for Board discussion below).

To facilitate the Board’s ongoing discussions of the report, a work group comprised of members of the Board of Governors has been formed.

Governance Task Force Work Group:

  • Vern Harkins (Chair)
  • Michele Radosevich
  • Anthony Gipe
  • Brad Furlong
  • Robyn Haynes
  • Karen Denise Wilson
  • Ken Masters
  • James Armstrong
  • Bill Hyslop
  • Paula Littlewood, Executive Director

The work group will establish distinct agenda items for discussion at board meetings. In conjunction with the Officers of the Board, the group will schedule appropriate portions of the recommendations for discussion by the entire Board, and after the Board has met and discussed those portions, return with a draft consensus for review. All board meetings are open to the public, and the membership will be notified as priorities are placed on the Board meeting agendas.

Priority Order of Board Discussions: (dates of BOG discussion)

  1. Board of Governors and the WSBA (Nov 14, 2014)
  2. Organization and Selection of the BOG (Nov 14, 2014 & Jan 22-23, 2015) 
  3. Supreme Court and the WSBA (March 19 & April 24-25, 2015) 
  4. State Bar Act (June 5, 2015)

View summary of report's recommendations here.

All input on the report’s recommendations should be forwarded to


On September 21, 2012, the Board of Governors approved the charter for the Governance Task Force. Seattle attorney Rima Alaily chairs the group, which is tasked with undertaking an in-depth review of the governance of the WSBA.


All Task Force members are appointed by President Radosevich. The current roster includes 8 members drawn from various sectors:

Rima Alaily, Chair
Loren Etengoff
Nancy Isserlis
Lee Kerr
Doug Lawrence
Craig Simms
Hugh Spitzer


The Task Force first met on November 8, 2012, with additional meetings on December 10, 2012, January 22, 2013, February 12, 2013, March 11, 2013, and April 22, 2013. A presentation was made to the Task Force by Joe Dunn, CEO of the State Bar of California at its March 11, 2013, meeting.

Future Meeting Dates

June 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Stokes Lawrence

June 16, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Conference Call


Charter (approved September 21, 2012)
Charter (amended April 25, 2014)

Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2014 
June 2, 2014 
April 28, 2014
March 31, 2014 
February 24, 2014
January 27, 2014 
December 16, 2013 
November 18, 2013 
September 9, 2013 
August 12, 2013
June 17, 2013
May 20, 2013 
April 22, 2013 
March 11, 2013 
February 12, 2013 
January 22, 2013 
December 10, 2012 
November 8, 2012


First Interim Report (June 2013)
Second Interim Report & Recommendations (April 2014)
Final Report & Recommendations (June 2014) 

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