With guest columnist
WSBA Director of Advancement
Paula C. Littlewood
WSBA Executive Director
Early in the week, WSBA’s monthly free Legal Lunchbox program
in the WSBA Conference Center was produced. More than 1,680
people tuned in to learn from volunteer faculty, Janet Gwilym,
Nicole McGrath, and Jill Malat about Ethical Considerations While
Representing Juvenile Clients. Volunteer faculty put in many hours
working on their own and in partnership with our educational developers to design materials and presentations that are engaging,
relevant and educationally effective. You can view this and other
Legal Lunchbox presentations at https://mywsba.org/OnlineStore.
Just down the hall from the Conference Center, the Access to
Justice Board’s Conference Planning Committee was meeting to
review workshop proposals for the Access to Justice Conference
coming up on June 2-4, in Yakima. This biennial conference
focused on ensuring equal access to the civil justice system is
not only planned in partnership with volunteers, but all of the
speakers, moderators, panelists, and faculty are volunteering
their time as well.
Switching gears from civil to criminal justice, on Tuesday, WSBA’s
Council on Public Defense’s Juvenile Standards Committee met.
This group has been hard at work on a set of standards that would
serve as a guide to those providing public defense to juveniles.
In 2012 the Council’s Standards for Indigent Defense Services
were adopted by Supreme Court Order making the Standards an
important benchmark to aid in the administration of justice.
On Wednesday, WSBA held the Board of Governors (BOG)
Candidates forum. Our Board members are volunteers too!
They give an average of 40 hours every month attending BOG
and committee meetings, serving as liaisons to other WSBA
entities and external entities, and engaging with WSBA members.
This year we are excited to see a record number of candidates
standing for election.
Bright and early on Thursday morning the learning track
development team met to enhance our New Lawyer Education
programming. This programming is designed to assist legal
professionals in their first five years of practice to become
competent and effective practitioners. This year we realize
a long-term goal to offer learning tracks focused on various
ONE of the hallmarks of being the only self-regulated
profession in the United
States is the fact that volunteers and
professional staff work in partnership to
perform the business of the Bar, both
our regulatory and our professional
association functions. On any given
day, more than 1,000 volunteers are
involved with WSBA – and this number
doesn’t include all the volunteers
helping with our educational program-
ming. If you include that number, close
to 2,000 volunteers assist in advancing
the WSBA’s mission each year.
April 23-29 is Volunteer Appreciation
Week; through a 1974 Presidential Proclamation and promoted by Points of
Light Foundation, this week is focused
on recognizing and thanking the volunteers who lend their time and talent to
work they care about. A brief look at the
WSBA conference rooms schedule on
any given week will easily demonstrate
that volunteers are a significant part
of the work at WSBA, touching every
corner of the organization. Those of
us who work at WSBA get to see that
effort every day and are excited to
shine a light on how volunteers help
us advance the mission of the WSBA.
Illustrating just one week’s activities
helps give us all insight into the critical
work of our volunteers.
A LOOK AT A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF WSBA VOLUNTEERISM
Working Together to
Advance the Profession