Hearing Officers

What They Do

Hearing officers conduct lawyer discipline settlement conferences, lawyer discipline hearings and other functions under the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct.


Hearing Officers must:

  • Be active WSBA members;
  • Have been an active WSBA member for 7 years;
  • Have no public discipline;
  • Have adjudicator or contested adjudicative hearing experience.

Appointment to List

The Supreme Court appoints hearing officers to the list based on recommendations from the WSBA Board of Governors in consultation with the Disciplinary Selection Panel. The initial appointment is 2 years. Hearing officers may be reappointed for periods of 4 years. We currently have 54 hearing officers.

Assignment to Specific Cases

The Chief Hearing Officer assigns hearing officers from the list to specific cases.

Hearing Officer Travel Arrangement Frequently Asked Questions

WSBA Liaison
Julie Shankland