WSBA Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways that members can volunteer to advance the mission and goals of the WSBA.

Apply for WSBA's Character & Fitness Board

The WSBA’s Character and Fitness Board has immediate vacancies for attorneys who have been active WSBA members for at least five years and who live in congressional districts 9 and 10. To find out what district you are in, consult this map (choose congressional) or find it listed under your Home Address in myWSBA.

The Board conducts 12-18 hearings per year and makes recommendations as to whether applicants for WSBA membership meet the character and fitness requirements of the Admission to Practice Rules. During the hearings, which can last up to a full day, Board members question applicants and witnesses, who may either support or oppose the applicant’s request. The Board also hears petitions for reinstatement after disbarment. The Board members’ written recommendations are transmitted to the state Supreme Court for final action.

Both positions are for partial terms ending Sept. 30, 2018. The Board seeks diverse members who are dedicated to its work, enjoy writing, and who are fair, patient, and willing to make difficult decisions, balancing an applicant’s desire to pursue their profession and protecting the public. 

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2016, via the online committee application form (myWSBA login required). Please include a writing sample (15 pages maximum) under Step 2 of the application. Do not apply for anything other than the Character & Fitness Board, as the deadline for other committees has passed. If you have questions, email barleaders@wsba.org or call Pam Inglesby at 206-727-8226.

Join a WSBA committee or board

Applications will be accepted starting in January 2017 for positions on the WSBA's committees and boards. Terms begin fall 2017. If you have questions in the meantime, please email us.

Support Professionalism Initiatives

Volunteer to promote professionalism in the legal community.

Join the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is a vehicle for new lawyers and law students to get involved with the Bar and a home to network and enhance leadership skills. You can develop programs for new and young lawyers, serve on a WYLC subcommittee, or become a young lawyer liaison to a WSBA section.

Put justice in reach for all on the Access to Justice Board

The Access to Justice Board, a Washington Supreme Court-created board administered by the WSBA, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. Volunteers are welcome to join any of the ATJ Board's committees at any time of the year.

Run for a seat on the Board of Governors

Elections for the WSBA Board of Governors take place in the spring. Watch your email and the Board Elections page for the latest news.

Custodian Volunteers Needed

Appointed by the Disciplinary Board, custodians provide an important service to the Bar and the public by acting to protect clients' interests.

2017 Elections

Board of Governors election eligibility and nomination information

Other Volunteer Opportunities

WSBA's Mission and Goals

WSBA Entities

Diagram of all committees, boards and other volunteer-led groups

Volunteer Toolbox

The tools and resources you need to serve your community and your profession.