Updated: Oct. 8, 2019

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.


ABA Survey Results

Read the survey results from the 2017 study on pro bono work in Washington and nationally (24 states participated).

2017–2018 Committee Projects

  • Promote the Emeritus Pro Bono 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

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.


Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are held at the WSBA offices, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, in Seattle and via conference call unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 10, 2019

Oct. 8, 2019

FY 2019 Past Committee Meetings

Aug. 6  │  July 9  │  June 4  │  May 7  │  April 2  │  March 5  │  Feb. 5 (via conference call)  │  Jan. 8, 2019

Past Meeting Minutes

2017

January  │  March  │  May  │  September  │  October

2016

January  │  March  │  May  │  July  │  September  │  October  │  November


Committee Co-Chairs

Nick Larson
Nancy Chupp

Board of Governors

Athan Papailiou

WSBA Staff Contact

Paige Hardy

Committee Members

Althea Paulson
Andrew Phillips
Bonnie Lee Aslagson
Brendan Vandor
Jennifer Mackley
Kathryn Tucker
Kristina Ralls
Maura Deering
Paul Okner
Yuan Ting