Updated: March 9, 2020

Join a Bar Committee, Board or Panel

Deadline: Extended to March 27, 2020

Apply now to serve on one of the WSBA’s committees, boards or panels. Committee service gives you an opportunity to contribute to the legal community and your profession, a chance to get involved with issues you care about, and a way to connect with other lawyers around the state.

This overview document provides brief descriptions of each group; below are links to detailed volunteer position descriptions. Applications will be reviewed by individual recommendation teams for each position, then by the WSBA Board of Governors Nominations Committee. Some positions are appointed by the Board of Governors, and some by the Supreme Court. Because of the lengthy review and appointment process, applicants may not learn if they have been appointed until mid to late summer. Most positions begin Oct. 1, 2020. Applicants are welcome to check on their status at any time by emailing barleaders@wsba.org.

The WSBA values diversity and inclusion, and encourages people of color, women, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and members of other historically under-represented groups to apply for our committees, boards and panels.

The application is in your myWSBA profile. If you need assistance completing or submitting the application, contact Volunteer Operations Specialist Pam Inglesby at pami@wsba.org or 206-727-8226.

Volunteer position descriptions:

WSBA Committees (created by the Board of Governors)

Committee on Professional Ethics
Continuing Legal Education Committee
Council on Public Defense
Court Rules & Procedures Committee
Editorial Advisory Committee
Judicial Recommendation Committee
Legislative Review Commitee
Pro Bono and Public Service Committee
Washington Young Lawyers Committee (also see below)
WSBA Diversity Committee

WSBA Regulatory Boards and Panels (created by court rule)

Adjunct Disciplinary Counsel
Character & Fitness Board
Client Protection Board
Law Clerk Board

Supreme Court Boards and Panels (administered by WSBA)

Access to Justice Board
Disciplinary Board
Hearing Officer
Limited License Legal Technician Board
Limited Practice Board
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board
Practice of Law Board

Other positions

Conflicts Review Officer
Disciplinary Advisory Round Table
Records Request Appeals Officer

Year-Round Opportunities

Get involved with the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is a vehicle for new lawyers and law students to get involved with the Bar and a home to network and enhance leadership skills. Help develop programs for new and young lawyers, serve on a WYLC subcommittee, or become a young lawyer liaison to a WSBA section.

Put justice in reach for all on the Access to Justice Board

The Access to Justice Board, a Washington Supreme Court-created board administered by the Bar, works to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. Volunteers are welcome to join any of the ATJ Board's committees at any time of the year.