Updated: Aug. 11, 2022

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington open until filled
Washington Court Reports Commission; application deadline is Aug. 12


Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington

Open Until Filled. 

The WSBA Board of Governors will appoint five members of the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington for terms beginning upon appointment and expiring Dec. 31, 2023 (the term expiration is set by the Board of Governors and subject to change).

The Bench-Bar-Press Committee was formed in 1963 to foster better understanding and working relationships among judges, lawyers, and journalists. Its mission is to seek to accommodate, as much as possible, the tension between the constitutional values of free press and fair trial through educational events and relationship building. The committee is chaired by the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court and includes representatives from the legal profession, judiciary, law enforcement, and news media.

The full committee typically holds an in-person (currently paused due to COVID-19). A liaison committee, called the Fire Brigade conducts work throughout the year. Subcommittees of volunteers are organized on an ad hoc basis to plan and execute events. More information can be found here, or contact Wendy Ferrell, Administrative Office of the Courts, at wendy.ferrell@courts.wa.gov.

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to barleaders@wsba.org

Washington Court Reports Commission

Application Deadline is Aug. 12, 2022

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications from members interested in serving a four-year term on the Washington Court Reports Commission, representing the WSBA in that body. The term begins Aug. 1, 2022 and ends Aug. 1, 2026.

Chaired by Chief Justice González, the Commission advises the Washington Supreme Court on publishing state appellate court decisions in official print advance sheets, bound volumes, and digital format. See RCW 2.32.160. This entails periodically reviewing proposals from and awarding publishing contracts to legal publishing companies.

The Chief Justice, state reporter of decisions and state law librarian serve as ex officio members. Other members — including a second Supreme Court justice, a Court of Appeals judge, the state code reviser, and two WSBA representatives — are appointed by the Chief Justice to serve four-year terms. The commission usually meets once annually.

The commission would find it helpful for a WSBA nominee to have some knowledge of legal publishing, including electronic publishing.

For more information about the commission contact Reporter of Decisions Sam Thompson at sam.thompson@courts.wa.gov.

To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org.