Demographic highlights about various underrepresented groups can be found for the following groups:
Members who are 40+
Members of Color
Members with Disabilities/Impairments
Members of the LBGTQ Community
The 2012 Membership Study found that members who identified with one or more underrepresented groups reported experiencing social, opportunity, and advancement barriers in their professional careers. These barriers included being excluded, misunderstood, offered fewer opportunities, not receiving a raise or promotion and being treated differently.
To view the most up to date WSBA membership counts and demographics click here.
Diversity and Inclusion Plan
Informed by the 2012 study results, the Board of Governors, adopted our Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan reflects the unique roles for which the Bar is positioned as a unified bar: to create and help nurture the conditions that will encourage diverse lawyers to enter, remain, thrive and ultimately to lead the profession and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. The plan includes a directive to conduct a membership study every 10 years.