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Opportunity for Service
New and Young Lawyer Position
Open on Board of Governors
Nomination/Application Deadline is July
The at-large position on the Washington
State Bar Association (WSBA) Board of
Governors (BOG) designated for a new and
young lawyer is vacant due to the recent
resignation of Governor Sean Davis upon
accepting the position as WSBA General
Counsel. Applications are now open to
complete the remainder of Sean Davis’s
term. The individual selected for this position will serve from late September 2017
until late September 2018; the individual
elected will be eligible to run for an additional three-year term. WSBA members
may nominate themselves or other eligible members by 5 p.m. PDT July 20, 2017,
using the nomination form posted at www.
Eligibility: Any active "Young Lawyer"
member who has not previously served
on the Board of Governors for more than
18 months may be nominated. Per WSBA's
Bylaws, "Active lawyer members of the Bar
will be considered Young Lawyers until the
last day of December of the year in which
the member attains the age of 36 years or
until the last day of December of the fifth
year after the year in which such member
first was admitted to practice as a lawyer
in any state, whichever is later."
Election process: Nominations will be
reviewed, and some candidates will be
interviewed, by the Washington Young
Lawyers Committee in Seattle on Saturday, August 5. The WYLC will recommend
finalists to the WSBA Board of Governors.
Finalists will be interviewed at the Board's
September 27-28, 2017, meeting in Seattle.
The candidate elected by the Board will be
sworn in at the APEX Awards Dinner on
September 27 and take office at the close
of the Board meeting on September 28.
Learn more: Further information is avail-
Northwest Justice Project Board
able at www.wsba.org/elections, including
a detailed description of the position's
duties and details of a Q&A webcast with
Sean Davis. Questions not answered on
our website should be directed to Lynda
Foster, New Lawyer Program Specialist, at
Application Deadline: Sept. 8, 2017
The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting letters of interest and résumés from
members interested in serving on the
Board of Directors of the Northwest Justice Project (NJP). The BOG will appoint up
to four attorneys for terms varying from
one to three years, commencing January
2018. Presently, three incumbents are eligible for, and may seek, reappointment.
The Northwest Justice Project is a 120-
attorney, 18-office statewide, not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services
to low-income individuals and communities throughout Washington. NJP is funded primarily by the State of Washington
Office of Civil Legal Aid and the federal
Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Legal Foundation of
Washington. NJP’s Board-approved 2017
operating budget totals $26 million.
Service on NJP’s Board provides an
extraordinary opportunity for accomplished individuals who are passionate
about NJP’s mission and who have a
demonstrated commitment to providing
high-quality civil legal services to low-income individuals. NJP’s Board is responsible for setting program policy; assuring
adequate oversight of NJP operations and
finances; and supporting, partnering with,
and overseeing the executive director in
his/her leadership role.
NJP’s Board is a working board. Board
members are expected to attend quarter-
ly meetings in Seattle, attend an annual
board retreat, and serve actively on two
standing committees. Committees typi-
cally meet monthly via telephone. Board
members are expected to participate in
and support NJP legal community activ-
ities and fundraising efforts. Board-relat-
ed travel and lodging expenses are reim-
bursed as appropriate.
For more information, please contact
César Torres, NJP Executive Director, at:
firstname.lastname@example.org; or Monica Lang-feldt, Board Development Committee
Chair, at: email@example.com.
Please email a letter of interest and
résumé on or before Thursday, September
8, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notice
of BOG action will follow its November
WSBA Community Networking in
July 20, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
WSBA invites you to a community networking event in Wenatchee. This is a great
opportunity to meet and mingle with other
attorneys in and around Wenatchee. This
event will be held at the Rail Station & Ale
House. Light appetizers will be served with
a no-host bar. RSVP at diversity@wsba.
org. While an RSVP is not required, we
would be grateful if you could let us know
if you plan to attend.
WSBA Launches CLE Faculty
If you are currently serving as CLE faculty, or are interested in working with the
WSBA as a future CLE faculty member,
we encourage you to register in our CLE
faculty database. Serving as a faculty
member provides you with the opportunity to engage with other attorneys
across the state, give back to your profession, and advance your professional
growth. Whether it’s upcoming changes
in the law, emerging hot topics, or substantive content, our goal is to ensure we
are engaging with the right faculty at the
right time, matching practice expertise
and knowledge to our educational programming needs. We hope to capture the
information of all those who plan to teach
—both current CLE faculty and those interested in future opportunities. Please
login and register in the CLE faculty
database today at www.mywsba.org/