Updated: Aug. 2, 2019

New!  Washington State Access to Justice Board

The Access to Justice Board is seeking a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to equitable justice to fill a seat on the Board. The position may be filled by a person who is or is not an attorney. The term starts October 1, 2019, with eligibility to be reappointed for an additional three-year term. The Board is especially interested in individuals who can help continue to build collaborative relationships with community-based organizations and the Alliance for Equal Justice.

To learn more about the work of the Access to Justice Board and the position, see the position description. Applications are due August 23, 2019, by 5PM PST and can be submitted online at myWSBA (non WSBA members will be prompted to create an account). Please do not apply for any other committee or board unless you have been invited to.

Established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, the ATJ Board seeks to achieve equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers.

Join a Bar Committee, Board or Panel

The application deadline has passed for WSBA members interested in joining one of the many committees, boards or panels administered by WSBA starting in the fall of 2019. However, some are still accepting late applications. If you are interested, please email barleaders@wsba.org, letting us know which committee or board you would like to apply to.

This overview document provides brief descriptions of each group; below are links to detailed volunteer position descriptions. Applications will be reviewed by individual nomination 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, 2019. 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.

If you need assistance completing or submitting the application, contact Bar Services Manager 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
Board of Bar Examiners
Character & Fitness Board
Client Protection Board
Law Clerk Board

Supreme Court Boards and Panels (administered by WSBA)

Disciplinary Board
Disciplinary Selection Panel
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.