Updated: June 6, 2019

Public Service and Leadership Award

Sponsored by the Washington Young Lawyers Committee

The Washington Young Lawyer Committee (WYLC) created the Public Service and Leadership Award to highlight the work of new and young lawyer community leaders who also make a difference through public service. Attorneys are nominated by WSBA members and a WYLC leadership subcommittee reviews applicants and selects awardees.

2018–2019 Award Process

This year, the WYLC will honor five new or young lawyers with the Public Service and Leadership Award. The Washington State Bar Association considers an active member a young or new lawyer if at least one of two criteria is met: 1) the member has been admitted to practice for fewer than five years (in any state), or 2) the member is under 36 years of age.

The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 award has passed.  Email newmembers@wsba.org for questions.

The application form for the 2019-2020 award will be available in early 2020.


The award is for licensed attorneys who are admitted and in good standing to practice in Washington and qualify as a new or young lawyer.* Candidates must be nominated by another individual. A subcommittee of the WYLC will consider the nominee's leadership in their community and involvement in public service activities as described in RPC 6.1. Long-term service or an extraordinary contribution to the community will be considered, including:

  • Leadership and service in the local community or within a bar association;
  • WSBA, ABA, or local bar association activities;
  • Volunteering with pro bono or public service programs; or
  • Writing a blog post for NWSidebar and/or writing an article for NWLawyer.

*A young lawyer is any Bar member younger than 36 or with five years or less practice experience.

Selection Process

Award recipients will be selected by a WYLC subcommittee in June 2019.  Award recipients and nominators will be notified via email in July/August 2019.

Awards are issued once per year. Awardees may receive one award each WSBA fiscal year (Oct. 1–Sept. 30). Each recipient will be eligible to attend one WSBA-CLE program of up to six credits total to be used within one year of receiving the award. They will receive recognition in the NWLawyer magazine. 

Current members of the WYLC are eligible to receive this award, but if nominated members must abstain from voting for recipients.

If you have questions, please contact newmembers@wsba.org.