Each year the WSBA honors the achievements of the state-wide legal community through its annual awards program. Nominations are submitted outlining the marvelous work being done across Washington to serve the legal needs of the public and the local community. The WSBA awards committee carefully reviews each nomination, and recipients are selected. It is a humbling task to choose only one winner in each award category.
Join us on Sept. 18 at the Sheraton in Seattle to honor these inspiring individuals, and please consider making a nomination next year.
Award of Merit - Eric M. Pedersen, Seattle
This award is the WSBA's highest honor. and is given for a recent, singular achievement. It is awarded to individuals only — both lawyers and non-lawyers.
Lifetime Service Award - James A. Vander Stoep (posthumous), Chehalis
This award is a special award given for a lifetime of service to the legal community and the public.
Professionalism Award - Laura Anglin, Olympia
This honor is awarded to a WSBA member who exemplifies the spirit of professionalism in the practice of law, as defined in the WSBA's Creed of Professionalism.
Outstanding Judge Award - Hon. James M. Riehl, Port Orchard
This award is presented for outstanding service to the bench and for special contribution to the legal profession at any level of the court.
Pro Bono Award - Gene Siple, Pullman
This award is presented to a lawyer, non-lawyer, law firm, or bar association for outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services.
Public Service Award - Deborah Perluss, Seattle
This award recognizes a WSBA member who exemplifies the WSBA's culture of service: one who gives back in meaningful ways to others, to his/her community, or to the profession.
Courageous Award - Shirley Bondon, Olympia
This award is presented to an individual who has displayed exceptional courage in the face of adversity, thus bringing credit to the legal profession.
Excellence in Diversity Award - Gabriel S. Galanda, Seattle
This award is made to a lawyer, law firm, or law-related group that has made a significant contribution to diversity in the legal profession.
Outstanding Young Lawyer Award - Alicia R. Levy, Spokane
This award recognizes one attorney who has made significant contributions to the professional community, especially the community of young lawyers, within their initial years of practice. Recipients must be active WSBA members within five years of admission to any bar association or under 36 years of age.
Sally P. Savage Leadership in Philanthropy Award - Ronald R. Ward, Seattle
This award is presented by the Washington State Bar Foundation.
Sally Savage led the Bar Foundation’s renaissance and was a catalyst for its refocused mission to sustain the WSBA’s effort to advance justice and diversity. Sally’s spirit of generosity and leadership continue to inspire all who recognize the transformative potential of philanthropy. Philanthropy means “love of humanity” and focuses on private initiatives for the public good, emphasizing quality of life. Sally Savage emulated this spirit of philanthropy in her life, and it is in her memory that we continue to honor donors, volunteers, and friends of the Washington State Bar Foundation who embody Sally’s spirit.
Join us in honoring your colleagues!
Nominate people and organizations who make access to the justice system a reality for people in need.
If you have questions, email Sue Strachan or call 206-733-5903.
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