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Opportunity for Service
WSBA Presidential Search
Application Deadline: April 10, 5 p.m.
The WSBA Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the position of WSBA
president for 2018–19, who will serve as
president-elect in 2017–18. The WSBA
member selected will have an opportunity to provide a significant contribution
to the legal profession.
Applications for 2018–19 WSBA president will be accepted until 5 p.m. on
April 10, and should be limited to a current résumé, a concise application letter stating interest and qualifications,
and no fewer than five or more than 10
references. The Board of Governors will
consider endorsement letters received
by May 3. Applications and endorsement letters should be sent to the WSBA
Executive Director, 1325 Fourth Ave.,
Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101.
Direct contact with the Board of Governors is encouraged. All candidates will
have an interview with the full Board of
Governors in an open session scheduled
for the May 18-19 Board of Governors
meeting in Seattle. Following the interviews, the Board will select the president.
Although prior experience on the WSBA
Board of Governors may be helpful, there
is no requirement that one must have
been a member of the Board of Governors or had previous experience in Bar
activities. The candidate must be willing
to devote a substantial number of hours
to WSBA affairs and be capable of being
a positive representative for the legal
profession. The position is unpaid. Some
expenses, such as WSBA-related travel,
The commitment begins in May 2017, fol-
lowing selection. A one-year term as pres-
ident-elect will begin at the APEX Awards
Dinner on Sept. 28. The president-elect is
expected to attend two-day Board meetings
held approximately every six to eight weeks,
as well as numerous subcommittee, section,
regional, national, and local meetings. In
September 2018, at the WSBA APEX Awards
Dinner, the president-elect will assume the
office of president. During his or her service,
the president-elect and president will also
be required to meet with members of the
Bar, the courts, the media, and public and
legal interest groups, as well as be involved
in the Bar’s legislative activities. Appropriate
time will need to be devoted to communica-
tion by letter, e-mail, and telephone in con-
nection with these responsibilities.
The duties and responsibilities of the president are set forth in the WSBA Bylaws.
The Bylaws can be found at www.bit.ly/
bylawswsba. For further information, contact Margaret Shane at margarets@wsba.
org or 206-727-8244.
Call for Applications for
WSBA Board of Governors
Application Deadline: April 20, 5 p.m.
One of the three at-large positions on the
WSBA Board of Governors is up for election. Under WSBA’s Bylaws, the purpose
of this position is to increase diversity and
representation on the Board, and the position is to be filled by a WSBA member who
has “the experience and knowledge of the
needs of those lawyers whose membership is or may be historically under-repre-sented in governance, or who represents
some of the diverse elements of the public
of the State of Washington.”
The Board of Governors will interview candidates and elect the at-large governor
at its meeting scheduled for May 18-19,
in Seattle, and the governor’s three-year
term will begin at the end of the Sept. 28-
29 Board meeting. For more information
about the position and how to apply, see
our website at www.wsba.org/elections.
The WSBA Bylaws are posted at www.
bit.ly/bylawswsba. Applications will be
accepted until 5 p.m. on April 20. Letters
of endorsement will be accepted through
May 3. If you have questions, please contact WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Dana Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABA House of Delegates
Application deadline: June 1
The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés
from members interested in serving on
the American Bar Association (ABA)
House of Delegates representing the
WSBA. Three positions are available for
two-year terms beginning in August as
well as one alternate. The control and
administration of the ABA are vested in
the House of Delegates, the policymaking body of the ABA. The House, composed of approximately 550 delegates,
elects the ABA officers and board, and
meets out-of-state twice a year. Delegate attendance is required (to ensure
full voting capacity exists at all times, an
alternate will attend if one of the delegates is unable to attend a meeting). The
WSBA provides an allowance of $800
per year per delegate. Members may
serve a maximum of three consecutive
terms. Those serving on the ABA House
of Delegates must be ABA members in
good standing throughout their terms.
Please submit letters of interest and
résumés by June 1 to the WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth
Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539;
or email email@example.com.
Announcing the WYLC’s Public
Service and Leadership Award
Nomination Deadline: May 5, 5 p.m.
Do you know an outstanding new or young
lawyer? Nominate a new or young lawyer for the Washington Young Lawyers
Public Service and Leadership Award by
May 5! Long-term service or an extraordinary contribution to the community will be
considered. Awardees receive recognition
in a WSBA publication and a free WSBA
CLE of up to 6 CLE credits. Learn more
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
at: http://tinyurl.com/jtkvmn7. A young
lawyer is any WSBA member younger
than 36 or with five or fewer years of