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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Professionalism Committee wrote or solicited articles for the August 2011 issue of Bar News, which focused on Professionalism.
The next meeting is Friday, June 14, 2013, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Chair Hunter Abell
Staff LiaisonDebra Carnes206email@example.comBoard of Governors LiaisonPaul Bastine
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