Updated: Nov. 16, 2017

Pro Bono and Public Service Committee

The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee works to enhance a culture of legal service by promoting opportunities and best practices that encourage WSBA members to engage in pro bono and public service with a particular focus on services to people with low or moderate income.


For general information about how to find legal help in Washington state, please refer to Find Legal Help. The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee does not accept or refer cases for pro bono legal assistance.


2017–2018 Committee Projects

  • Promote the Emeritus membership status, the Moderate Means Program, Call to Duty Initiative and the MCLE pro bono credit rule.
  • Complete changes to probonowa.org
  • Research barriers for attorneys who wish to provide pro bono services and encounter difficulties
  • Compile and create sample pro bono guidelines for firms, corporations, and government.

Significant accomplishments

  • Researched and submitted a proposal to the Board of Bar Examiners, resulting in adding a question regarding RPC 6.1 to the Washington Law Component of the Bar Exam
  • Increased Moderate Means attorneys via CLEs, NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer article.
  • Promoted Call to Duty Initiative through NWSidebar blog posts and NWLawyer articles

ProBonoWA.org

Washington has more than 70 organizations sharing opportunities for you to get involved and give back to your community.  Pro Bono WA is a one-stop destination to find and connect with pro bono public service opportunities across the state. Visit probonowa.org for more information.

 

Upcoming Meetings

January 11, 2018 (Conference call only)
February 8, 2018 (Conference call only)
March 22, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)
April 12, 2018 (Conference call only)
May 10, 2018 (Conference call only)
June 14, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)
July 12, 2018 (Conference call only)
September 13, 2018 (WSBA offices and conference call)

Past Meeting Minutes

2017
January, March, May, September, October

2016

JanuaryMarchMayJulySeptemberOctoberNovember

Committee Co-Chairs
Emily Nelson
Paul Okner

Board of Governors
Athan Papailiou

WSBA Staff Contact
Jennifer Small

Committee Members
Emily Arneson
Laura Baier
Nancy Chupp
Priya Cloutier
Na Crabtree
Maura Deering
Jordann Hallstrom
Nick Larson
Liz Lee
Elizabeth Leonard
Judy Lin
Kevin McGuire
Chiedza Nziramasanga
Kristina Ralls
Brendan Vandor
Adam Yeaton