Updated: May 11, 2022

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

ABA House of Delegates — application deadline is May 13

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington — open until filled. 

Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors — application deadline extended to May 13

ABA House of Delegates

Application Deadline: May 13

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications from members interested in serving on the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates representing the WSBA. Four positions are available for two-year terms beginning at the conclusion of the August 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.

The control and administration of the ABA are vested in the House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the ABA. The House, composed of approximately 550 delegates, elects the ABA officers and board, and meets out of state twice a year. Delegate attendance is required. (To ensure full voting capacity exists at all times, an alternate will attend if one of the delegates were unable to attend a meeting.)

The WSBA provides an expense reimbursement allowance of $800 per year per delegate.  Members may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Those serving on the ABA House of Delegates must be ABA members in good standing throughout their terms.

To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé by May 13, 2022 to barleaders@wsba.org

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 State 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 by end of day Feb. 18, 2022.

Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors

Application deadline is May 13.

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Board of Directors.  The BOG will appoint one (1) attorney member to serve a three-year term.  Candidates from outside the central Puget Sound region and the Spokane region are eligible.

NJP is a 175 attorney, not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington State. NJP is funded primarily by the state Office of Civil Legal Aid and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Legal Foundation of Washington.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for accomplished individuals who are passionate about NJP's mission, the struggle for equal justice, and who have a demonstrated commitment to providing high-quality civil legal services to low-income people. NJP’s board is responsible for setting program policy; overseeing NJP operations and regulatory compliance; providing fiscal oversight; and supporting, partnering with, and overseeing the executive director. NJP’s Board is committed to advancing the Access to Justice Community’s Race Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI - link).

Board members are expected to attend quarterly meetings in Seattle, attend a one-day annual retreat, and serve on two standing committees (typically monthly telephonic meetings). Board members also participate in and support NJP legal community activities, the access to justice conference, and fundraising efforts. Board-related travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

For more information, please contact Executive Director César Torres, cesart@nwjustice.org; or Board Development Committee Chair Chiedza Nziramazanga, nzirama2@gmail.com. To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org by May 13, 2022.