Updated: March 18, 2021

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.


2020 Accomplishments

  • Committee members advocated for changes to the Emeritus Pro Bono membership status to reduce barriers for legal professionals.  This status is now called the Pro Bono Status. You can find more information here
  • Develop and make changes to probonowa.org, a clearinghouse for pro bono opportunities in Washington.

Model Pro Bono Policies

The Pro Bono and Public Service Committee of the Washington State Bar Association has created three model pro bono policy templates that can be accessed, customized, and adopted by organizations in Washington State. Approved by the WSBA Board of Governors in July 2019, the three templates — one for law firms, a second for corporate and in-house legal departments, and a third for government entities — are intended to be a starting point for the creation and adoption of pro bono policies. Please find downloadable versions of the model pro bono policies here.

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.


Next Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Public Service Committee, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, that a Pro Bono Public Service Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 
Time: 1–2 p.m. (or until all business is completed)
This meeting is by Zoom (video) only:

Zoom Information
Link to access the Zoom meeting

Call-in Information:
LOCAL OPTION: 253-215-8782 || TOLL-FREE OPTION: 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 938 5492 8866 || Passcode: 133451

Agenda and Meeting Materials

Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are held 1–2 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the WSBA offices, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, in Seattle and via conference call unless otherwise noted.

FY 2021 Upcoming  Meetings

Feb. 2, 2021  |  March 2, 2021  |  April 6, 2021  |  May 4, 2021  |  June 1, 2021  |  July 6, 2021  |  Aug. 3, 2021  |  Sept. 7, 2021

FY 2021 Past Meetings

Jan. 5, 2021 (Zoom) | Dec. 1, 2020 (Zoom) | Nov. 10, 2020 (Zoom) | Oct. 13, 2020  (Zoom)

FY 2020 Past Meetings

Oct. 8, 2019  │  Nov. 5, 2019 │  Dec. 3, 2019 Jan. 14, 2020  |  Feb. 4, 2020 Mar. 3, 2020  |  May 5, 2020 (Zoom) │ June. 2, 2020 (Zoom)  |  July 7, 2020 (Zoom)  |  Aug. 4, 2020 (Zoom)  |  Sept. 1, 2020 (Zoom) 


Co-Chairs

Bonnie Aslagson
Nick Larson

BOG Liaison

Matthew Dresden

WSBA Staff Contact

Diana Singleton

Committee Members

Althea Paulson
Andrew Phillips
Christine Anderson
Christine Kuglin
Erin Fortney
Jacquelyn Merrill Martin
Michael Addams
Michael Liebert
Naiomy DeLaRocha-Minckler
Nancy Chupp
Natalie Reber
Sandy Garcia
Yuan Ting