Updated: Sept. 11, 2019

Washington Young Lawyers Committee

Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) is a diverse group of 18 new and young lawyers representing different regions throughout Washington state. Leadership on the committee affords new and young lawyers the opportunity to build connections across the state and throughout the legal community.

Some of the things WYLC is here to:

  • help put together and run programs for new and young lawyers that focus on public and pro bono service
  • help lawyers transition into practice
  • promote leadership; and most importantly 
  • uphold the Washington State Bar Association’s mission to serve the public, ensure integrity of the legal profession, and champion justice

If you are interested in joining the Washington Young Lawyers Committee as a regional or at-large member, find more information here.

The committee meets in person Saturday of every other month. Our meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.

Subcommittees

Six subcommittees focus on specific areas important to new and young lawyers and law students. If you’re a law student, a young lawyer (36 or under), or a new lawyer (first five years of practice), join a subcommittee today and let us know what WYLC can do for you. To get involved with WYLC's subcommittees and projects, please email newmembers@wsba.org. More information and meeting times.

Meet the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

View a map of WYLC District Composition.

2018-2019

Kim Sandher, Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019
Full term: Oct. 1, 2015–Sept. 30, 2020

Jordan Lee Couch, Chair-elect
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019
Full term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2021

Mike Moceri, Immediate Past Chair
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019
Full term: Oct. 1, 2015–Sept. 30, 2019

Benjamin Hodges, Peninsula Region
Counties: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Zachary Davison, King County
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2021

Maha Jafarey, At-Large
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Chelsie Elliott, Southwest Region
Counties: Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum 
Term: Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2019

Ian McCurdy, Northwest Region Position
Counties: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2020

Alixanne Pinkerton, South Central Region
Counties: Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Staff Liaisons

Ana LaNasa-Selvidge

 

Julianne Unite

Brandon Holt, Southeast Region
Counties: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla, Whitman
Current Term: July 5, 2019–Sept. 30, 2019
Full term: July 5, 2019-Sept. 30, 2022

Brian Neuharth, Pierce County
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2020

Catherine Holm, Greater Olympia Region
Counties: Lewis, Thurston
Term: Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2021

Colin McMahon, Snohomish County
Term: Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2019

Molly M. Winston, Greater Spokane Region
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2020

Emily Ann Albrecht, At-Large; American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division District 29 Representative 
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2020

Alice Bagirova, King County
Term: Oct. 1, 2016–Sept. 30, 2019

Nathan Beard, At-Large
Term: Aug. 7, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019

Vacant, North Central Region
Counties: Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Okanogan
Term: Oct. 1, 2017–Sept. 30, 2020
The WSBA is currently seeking to fill this vacant position. If you are interested in applying,  please review this volunteer position description and email newmembers@wsba.org.

Russell Knight, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2018-Sept. 30, 2019


Next Committee Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, that a Washington Young Lawyers Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 

Time:  10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (or until all business is completed)

Location: WSBA Office, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600, Seattle

All committee members may participate via conference call. A speaker phone will be available at the meeting location noted above for members of the public to attend and hear statements/discussion of those members participating by phone. In addition, call-in instructions are pasted below for members of the public who would like to attend telephonically.

The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to discuss, deliberate, and take potential final action regarding the following agenda items (no final disposition regarding any matter will occur at the meeting except as indicated on this notice): 

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Approval of July WYLC Meeting Minutes
  3. WSBA Updates
  4. Board of Governors Report and September Board Meeting
  5. Subcommittee Discussions
    1. Bylaws and Governance
    2. Debt and New Lawyer Benefits
    3. Awards
    4. Outreach
    5. ATJ/RRR
    6. ABA
  6. Lunch
  7. FY 2020 Subcommittee chair appointments
  8. Law Student Involvement, Public Service Project, Brainstorming for Next Year
  9. Adjournment

Meeting materials can be found here.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email anas@wsba.org or call 206-733-5905.

Instructions for public call in: 866-577-9294, access code 57240

You are not required to state your name to join this meeting.  If the conference call provider message asks that you state your name, you may press #, without stating your name, and you will be connected to the meeting. Committee members will be required to state their name in order to establish a quorum. 

Note: Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the agenda. The time and order of agenda items are subject to change at the discretion of the committee chair.

FY 2019 Past Committee Meetings

July 27, 2019, at Courtyard Marriott in Richland
Agenda and meeting materials

April 19, 2019, at Tulalip Tribal Court

Agenda and meeting materials
Meeting Minutes

Feb. 9, 2019, via conference call
Agenda and meeting materials
Updated Agenda
Meeting Minutes

Dec. 8, 2018, at the WSBA Offices
Agenda and Meeting Materials
Meeting Minutes

Oct. 13, 2018, at the WSBA Offices
Agenda and Meeting Materials
Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

FY 2018

October 2017
January 2018
March 2018
May 2018
July 2018
September 2018

FY 2017

October 2016
December 2016
February 2017
April 2017
June 2017
August 2017