We are accepting applications for committees, boards, panels, and other positions for the 2012-2013 year. Descriptions of the openings are below. If you are interested in serving, please apply using myWSBA (login required). The application deadline is March 12.


Committees 

Amicus Curiae Brief Committee
Reviews all requests for amicus curiae participation by the WSBA, and provides a recommendation to the Board of Governors pursuant to the WSBA Amicus Curiae Brief Policy. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Committee for Diversity
Works to increase diversity within the membership and leadership of the WSBA; promotes opportunities for appointment or election of diverse members to the bench; supports and encourage opportunities for minority attorneys; aggressively pursues employment opportunities for minorities; and raises awareness of the benefits of diversity. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
Provides policy guidance for the WSBA Education and Outreach Department in fulfilling its mission of serving the ongoing education needs of Washington lawyers. The CLE Department and its efforts have to be fiscally self-sustaining, which requires a business focus in the Committee. Standing subcommittees are quality control, technology, section/external re¬lations, and a fourth “as needed” programming sub-committee to support the department in achieving its trademark, “The Innovator in Continuing Legal Education.” Appointment is for a three-year term.

Court Rules and Procedures Committee
Studies and develops suggested amendments to designated sets of court rules on a regular cycle of review. Performs the rules study function outlined in GR 9 and reports its recommendations to the Board of Governors. The Rules of Appellate Procedure (RAP) and the Rules for Appeal from Decisions of Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (RALJ) are scheduled for review in 2012-2013. Lawyers with experience or interest in these areas are encouraged to apply. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Editorial Advisory Committee
Acts mainly in an advisory capacity, supervising the publication of Bar News, including the recommendation of finalists for the editor position for selection by the Board of Governors, and the establishment of guidelines for format, content, and editorial policy. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Judicial Recommendation Committee
Screens and interviews candidates for state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court positions. Recommendations are reviewed by the WSBA Board of Governors and referred to the governor for consideration when making judicial appointments. Appointment is for a three-year term.

Legislative Committee
Reviews proposals from WSBA sections for state legislation that relate to the practice of law and the administration of justice, and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors for a position thereon. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Pro Bono and Legal Aid Committee
Deals with questions in the fields of pro bono and legal aid with respect to: 1) supporting activities that assist volunteer attorney legal services programs and organizations, and encouraging pro bono participation to meet the aspirational goals in RPC 6.1, Pro Bono Publico Service; 2) addressing the administration of justice as it affects indigent persons; and 3) cooperating with other agencies interested in these objectives. Both active and emeritus members may serve. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Professionalism Committee
Recommends programs to increase professionalism by assisting attorneys in fostering better client relations; improving civility among attorneys; and creating and promoting educational opportunities focusing on issues related to professionalism, ethics, and civility. Appointment is for a two-year term.

Rules of Professional Conduct Committee
Considers and responds to inquiries arising under the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and may, upon request, express its opinion to the Board of Governors concerning proper professional conduct. Appointment is for a two-year term.

 

Boards

Character and Fitness Board
Deals with matters of character and fitness bearing on qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in Washington; conducts hearings on the admission of any applicant; makes rec-ommendations to the Board of Governors and Supreme Court; and considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment. Appointment is for a three-year term. Prerequisite: Board members must have been an active member of the WSBA for at least seven years at the time of appointment. Four positions are available: applicants must be from District 4, 6, 7, or 9.

Disciplinary Board
Carries out the functions and duties assigned to it according to the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct adopted by the Supreme Court. The full board meets at least six times a year, reviewing hearing officer decisions and stipulations. Three-member review committees meet at least an additional three times a year and review disciplinary investigation reports and dismissals. Considerable reading and meeting preparation are required. Appointment is for a three-year term. Prerequisite: Board members must have been an active member of the WSBA for at least seven years at the time of appointment. Three positions are available: one must be filled by a member from District 8, one by a member from District 9, and one by a member from any district.

Law Clerk Board
Supervises the Law Clerk Program in accordance with Rule 6 of the Admission to Practice Rules; considers applications for enrollment in the program; follows the progress of law clerks assigned to liaison; interviews and evaluates law clerks and tutors during the course of study; and certifies that law clerks have successfully completed the program meeting the educational requirement for the Washington State bar exam. The board has regular meetings four times a year and may call additional meetings for special topics. Appointment is for a three-year term. Members are appointed with consideration for the geographic distribution of law clerks in the program, a balance of those who completed the law clerk program and law school graduates, and other factors of diversity.

Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board
Pursuant to APR 15, reviews claims for reimbursement of financial loss sustained by rea¬son of an attorney’s dishonest actions or failure to account for client funds; decides claims up to $25,000; and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors on claims for greater amounts. The Board meets four times a year. Appointment is for a three-year term.

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board
Approves courses and educational programs that satisfy the educational requirements of the mandatory CLE rule and considers MCLE policy issues, as well as reporting and exception situations. The Board meets five to six times a year. Appointment is for a three-year term.

 

Panels

Adjunct Investigative Counsel (AIC) Panel
Panel members assist in carrying out the functions of the lawyer discipline system as needed pursuant to Rule for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct 2.9. AIC volunteers may be asked to assist staff disciplinary counsel with the investigation of a grievance; serve as independent special disciplinary counsel and represent the Association in the investigation of a grievance or prosecution of a disciplinary case; provide staff disciplinary counsel with an outside opinion on an area of law; serve as a probation monitor following imposition of a disciplinary sanction or suspension; consult with a lawyer under the terms of a diversion contract; or serve as a file custodian when a lawyer dies, disappears, or otherwise becomes incapable of protecting clients’ interests. In addition to completing the application form, applicants are required to submit separately a letter of interest (highlighting relevant skills and experience) and résumé to Doug Ende, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or douge@wsba.org. Appointment is for a five-year term. Prerequisites: An AIC must be an active member of the WSBA, have been an active or judicial member of the WSBA for at least seven years, and have no record of disciplinary misconduct.

Hearing Officer Panel
Panel members serve as hearing officers for lawyer disciplinary matters and are expected to make evidentiary rulings, rule on motions, and prepare written findings of fact, conclusions of law, and (as necessary) sanction recommendations according to strict deadlines. Attendance at annual training is required. Hearing officers may not serve as expert witnesses on professional conduct issues, represent respondents in disciplinary matters, or serve as special disciplinary counsel or adjunct investigative counsel. The Hearing Officer Selection Panel reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Governors for appointments to the panel. In addition to completing the application form, applicants are required to submit separately a letter of interest (highlighting relevant skills and experience), résumé, references, and writing sample to Elizabeth Turner, WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or elizabetht@wsba.org. All application materi¬als and requested information must be submitted before March 12 in order to be considered for appointment, and the Selection Panel may request additional information during the evalu¬ation process. Initial appointment is for one year commencing October 1, 2012, and may be followed by reappointment for five-year terms. Prerequisites: A hearing officer must be an active member of the WSBA, have been an active or judicial member of the WSBA for at least seven years, have no record of public discipline, and have experience as an adjudicator or advocate in contested adjudicative hearings. Please review the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, particularly ELC 2.5 to 2.6 and ELC Title 10, prior to applying.

Other Positions

Conflicts Review Officer
The Conflicts Review Officer (CRO) is appointed pursuant to Rule 2.7 of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct. The CRO, with support from the Office of General Counsel, is a lawyer outside the discipline system who reviews and makes initial determinations for grievances filed against disciplinary counsel and other lawyers employed by the Association, hearing officers, and members of the Disciplinary Board, the Board of Governors, and the Supreme Court. The CRO may dismiss the grievance, defer the investigation, refer the attorney for diversion evaluation, or have the grievance assigned to special disciplinary counsel for further investigation. The CRO acts independently of disciplinary counsel and the Association. Three CROs serve staggered terms; each year one CRO will be appointed to a three-year term. The Supreme Court makes the appointments based on recommendations from the WSBA Board of Governors. Prerequisites: The CRO must have prior experience as a Disciplinary Board member, disciplinary counsel, or special disciplinary counsel, and have no other role in the disciplinary system while serving as CRO. If you are interested in the position, please submit a letter of interest, references, and résumé separately from (and in addition to) the application form to Elizabeth Turner, WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539 or elizabetht@wsba.org. Please review the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, particularly ELC 2.7, prior to applying.

Council on Public Defense
The Council on Public Defense was established to implement the recommendations of the WSBA Blue Ribbon Panel on Criminal Defense, which was appointed by the Board of Governors in spring 2003 as a first step in addressing concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington. Appointment is for a one-year term. Prerequisite: Applicants must not be employed by a government entity or government-funded entity

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