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Council on Public Legal Education

Application Deadline: Dec. 30, 2014 

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés for members interested in serving a three-year term on the Council on Public Education. The Board of Governors will appoint two members at its January 22–23, 2015 meeting. The term will commence on appointment, and will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. Projects included civics education in the schools, the www.lawforwa.org web site, support for Street Law, and public forums and events.

For more information on the Council on Public Legal Education please contact co-chairs Judge Marlin Appelwick at 206-389-3926 or j_m.appelwick@courts.wa.gov; or Judith Billings at 253-840-4690 or judtaral@aol.com.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to: the WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA  98101-2539 or email barleaders@wsba.org.

 

Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee

Application Deadline: Dec. 30, 2014

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving a three-year term on the Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee. The three-year term will commence on Jan. 1, 2015, and will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. During the term of appointment, no appointee may: 

a) provide indigent defense services except on a pro bono basis;

b) serve as an appellate judge or an appellate court employee; or

c) serve as a prosecutor or prosecutor employee.  

Committee members receive no compensation for their services as members of the committee, but may be reimbursed for travel and other expenses in accordance with rules adopted by Office of Financial Management. 

For additional information about the committee, please contact Director Joanne Moore at joanne.moore@opd.wa.gov.  

Please submit letters of interest and résumés to the WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539, or email barleaders@wsba.org.

 

Washington Pattern Forms Committee

Application Deadline: Dec. 30, 2014

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving a four-year term on the Washington Pattern Forms Committee. The term begins on February 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2019. 
 
The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms (see www.courts.wa.gov/forms). Draft forms are usually prepared for the Washington Pattern Forms Committee by one of the subject matter subcommittees. The WSBA representative may also serve on one or more of the subcommittees.
 
The Pattern Forms Committee usually meets in person twice in the spring after the Legislative session ends and by email/teleconference/in-person meetings as needed during the rest of the year. Travel expenses may be reimbursed.
 
Further information about committee member responsibilities is available on request by contacting Merrie Gough at merrie.gough@courts.wa.gov or 360-357-2128.
 
Please submit a letter of interest and résumé to the WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue, Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or barleaders@wsba.org.

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