Professionalism Committee

The WSBA Professionalism Committee recommends programs to increase professionalism by assisting attorneys in fostering better client relations, improving civility among practicing attorneys, and developing a better public image.

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Professionalism in Practice Program

Developed by the Professionalism Committee, Professionalism in Practice is a way for lawyers and judges to honor others in the profession who have conducted themselves in a highly professional manner consistent with the spirit of the Creed of Professionalism.

Law School Outreach

Professionalism Committee members, along with WSBA staff, give presentations about professionalism in ethics classes at the three Washington law schools. Materials are distributed to students.

Creed of Professionalism

The Creed of Professionalism was developed by the Professionalism Committee and adopted by the WSBA Board of Governors at its July 2001 meeting. Many county bar associations have organized ceremonies where Creed of Professionalism plaques were presented to judges.

Robert's Fund

The committee is working in collaboration with Robert's Fund, which offers CLEs in both Washington state and Italy on civility in the legal profession.

Professionalism Issue of Bar News

Members of the Professionalism Committee wrote or solicited articles for the August 2011 issue of Bar News, which focused on Professionalism.  

Committee Meetings

The next meeting is Friday, June 14, 2013, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Meeting Minutes

Contact Us

Hunter Abell

Staff Liaison
Debra Carnes

Board of Governors Liaison
Paul Bastine 

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