Public Service and Leadership Award

Sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

Do you know a new or young lawyer who deserves to be recognized for their long-term public service and extraordinary contribution to the community?

This year the Washington Young Lawyers Committee will honor five new or young lawyers with the Public Service and Leadership Award. This is a great opportunity to recognize the achievements of a new or young lawyer.

Deadline: Friday, July 15

The award is for licensed attorneys who are admitted and in good standing to practice in Washington and qualify as a new or young lawyer.* Candidates must be nominated by another member of the Washington State Bar Association. Please complete the nomination form. Completed nominations should include the application and a current resume. A subcommittee of the WYLC will consider the applicant's merits.
Long-term service, extraordinary contributions to the community, and involvement in pro bono or public service activities as described in RPC 6.1 will be considered, including:

  • Leadership and service in the local community or with a bar association. 
  • Mentoring. 
  • Exemplary leadership in the practice of law. 
  • WSBA, ABA, or local bar association activities. 
  • Volunteering with pro bono or public service programs. 
  • Writing a blog post for NWSidebar and/or writing an article for NWLawyer

* A young lawyer is any Bar member younger than 36 or with five years or less practice experience.


Selection Process
Award recipients will be selected at the August WYLC meeting. Awards are issued once per year by the WYLC's Awards and Recognition subcommittee. Each recipient will be eligible to attend one WSBA-CLE program of up to six credits total to be used within one year of receiving the award. They will receive recognition in the September/October NWLawyer magazine.  Award recipients will be notified via email. Awardees may receive one award each WSBA fiscal year (Oct. 1–Sept. 30).
Current members of the WYLC are eligible to receive this award, but if nominated, members must abstain from voting for recipients. 

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