by Michael Heatherly
What you are reading is the current ver- sion of the W a s h i n g t o n State Bar Association’s official publication,
something the Bar has provided as a
member service since WSBA’s inception. Following is a brief history of the
publication, based largely on information compiled over the years and
appearing in the Editor’s Handbook,
which was passed along to me when I
took over this role in 2007.
From 1888 through 1927, the publication was unspectacularly titled
Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of
the Washington State Bar Association
and published as a softcover book. It
was a transcript of the year’s speeches,
debates, and presentations of learned
papers. “In 1928, this separate publication was abandoned and a section of
the Washington Law Review…was devoted to Bar Association affairs,” John
N. Rupp told the 1949 WSBA Annual
Meeting in his Address of Welcome
( 24 Wn. L. Rev. & State B.J. 326, November, 1949).
With the creation of the integrated
bar under the State Bar Act in 1935,
the WSBA launched a small magazine,
the State Bar Review. It carried general
association news, obituaries, and ma-
THIS PAGE: Top —
Vol. 1, No. 1, of The
State Bar Review,
1934. Bottom —
Vol. 1, No. 1, of
Bar News, 1947.
Top — Vol. 39, No. 11,
of Bar News, 1985.
Middle — Vol. 58, No.
5, of Bar News, 2004.
Bottom — JUL/ AUG
2014 issue of