The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee works to enhance a culture of legal service by promoting opportunities and best practices that encourage WSBA members to engage in pro bono and public service with a particular focus on services to people with low or moderate income.

2016–2017 Committee Projects

  • Promote the Emeritus membership status, the Moderate Means Program, and the MCLE pro bono credit rule.
  • Complete changes to probonowa.org
  • Research barriers for attorneys who wish to provide pro bono services and encounter difficulties, such as logistical problems or the lack of malpractice insurance for government, corporate, and NGO attorneys.
  • Compile and create sample pro bono guidelines for firms, corporations, and government.
  • Work with the American Bar Association to conduct and evaluate a survey regarding pro bono activity in Washington.


Committee Co-Chairs

Board of Governors Liaison

Governor Bill Pickett

WSBA Staff Contact

Committee Members

Leslie Blankman
Priya Cloutier
Bruce Conklin
Na Crabtree
Jordann Hallstrom
Hilary Hibbeln
Liz Lee
Elizabeth Leonard
Judy Lin
Sara MacDuff
Chiedza Nziramasanga
Paul Okner
Kristina Ralls
Angeline Thomas
Brendan Vandor
Adam Yeaton


Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are open to the public.

Jan. 12, 2017

March 9, 2017

May 11, 2017

July 13, 2017

Sept. 14, 2017

Meeting Minutes

2017

January

2016

January
March
May
July
September
October

2015

September
August
July
June
May
April
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2014

December 
November
September
August
July
June
May
March
February
January


2013

November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
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2012

November
October
July
May
April
March
February
January

2011

December
November



Significant accomplishments

  • Researched and submitted a proposal to the Board of Bar Examiners, resulting in adding a question regarding RPC 6.1 to the Washington Law Component of the Bar Exam
  • Increased Moderate Means attorneys via CLEs, NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer articles
  • Researched feasibility of a www.waweblawyer.org project
  • Promoted Call to Duty Initiative through NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer articles

 

For general information about how to find legal help in Washington state, please refer to the Find Legal Help page. The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee does not accept or refer cases for pro bono legal assistance.