Updated: Sept. 20, 2021

Corporate Counsel Section

Membership in the Corporate Counsel Section is open to any Active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association. Our members include in-house legal counsel, attorneys in private practice who spend a substantial portion of their time working with in-house counsel, and other legal professionals who counsel businesses or nonprofit enterprises. We urge attorneys interested in learning more about corporate law departments and general business and corporate law to join our section. Law students may join as subscribers of the section, but do not have voting rights.

The section provides a number of programs and other resources for our members. Our quarterly dinner meetings provide an excellent opportunity to socialize and network, and include speakers on various topics of interest to section members. CLE credit is generally available for each dinner meeting.

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2021 Grant Program Open for Applications!

The WSBA Corporate Counsel Section's 2021 Grant Program is now open for applications from Washington state 501(c)(3) or other nonprofit legal service organizations committed to WSBA’s mission to champion justice. Last year the Section donated $5,000 through this grant program to local nonprofits and the Section is excited to offer this grant opportunity again in 2021.

Grant award amounts in 2021 will again range up to $2,500 per recipient depending on the scope of the legal services or community program and number of individuals served. The application period runs from Aug. 16 through Sept. 23. 

Completed applications should be sent to the Section Grants Committee at  wsbacorporatecounsel@gmail.com. All applications received by Sept. 16. will be compiled for review by the Section's Executive Committee, and selected grant recipients will be notified following the Corporate Counsel Executive Committee Meeting in September. 

Program Overview

Grant Application

Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!  

Below are the results of the Corporate Counsel Section Executive Committee election.  Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws.  Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

Joel Emans

Secretary: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

Katherine Stryker

Treasurer: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

Beth St. Clair

At-Large Member (two positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Selina Kang

Kari Manlove

Email sections@wsba.org.

Section Membership

In accordance with the section's bylaws, and with the exception of law students, an individual must be an active member of the WSBA to join this section. We also welcome law students to join our Section.

You can join via secure online transaction. Once you have paid your membership dues, you will be added to the membership of the section and will begin receiving our newsletter and other information about section activities.

Receive information regarding upcoming events and get involved in the current discussion by joining our LinkedIn page.

Executive Committee

ChairScott Schrum (2019-2021)

SecretaryJoel Emans (2019-2021)

TreasurerBeth St. Clair (2019-2021)

Immediate Past ChairPaul Swegle (2019-2021)

Young Lawyer Liaison*Bria Wedgeworth (2020-2022)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Matthew Dresden

Committee Members

Tonya Gisselberg (2019-2022)
Tim McMichael (2019-2022)

Britt Bachtel-Browning (2020-2023)
Tina Boyd (2020-2023)
Kevin Fay (2020-2023)
Bernel Goldberg (2020-2023)
Christopher Graves (2020-2023)
Ben Loewen (2020-2023)
Jolene Marshall (2020-2023)
Amy Neuberger (2020-2023)
Elaine Pascua (2020-2023)
Monica Reinmiller (2020-2023)
Katherine Stryker (2020-2023)
Carmen Wong (2020-2023)

*Nonvoting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

Join Our List Serve

Section members can join the section list serve to receive information about section activities and other section-related matters. Email sections@wsba.org and request to join the list serve. For more information about the Corporate Counsel Section, please contact the section Chair Scott Schrum.