Future of the Profession Work
The Board approved the creation of a
WSBA time-limited work group to help
prepare for the future of the legal profession given the state of technology,
economics, and societal factors affecting
lawyers now and in the coming years. The
group will bring issues to the attention of
the Board and WSBA membership at the
conclusion of its work, but will not be a
formal committee or section.
The group was proposed by WSBA
President Patrick Palace, whose written
request included the following descrip-
tion of the group’s purpose:
As part of the charge of this work
group, it will introduce members to
new business models, new commu-
nication tools, marketing methods,
and social media tools, as well as
showcase the owners of profitable
firms that utilize these tools. It will
introduce profitable low bono firms
and share the tools and methods
that make them work. It will aspire to
breathe fresh life and possibility into
aging and archaic practices.
The work group will have a roster of
approximately 20, including members of
the Board and WSBA executive-level staff
as well as representatives of the Access
to Justice Board, law school faculty, the
WSBA Young Lawyer Committee, tech
companies, the Solo and Small Practice
Section, the Pro Bono Legal Aid Committee, the proposed Low Bono Section, and
up to five at-large members.
Resignation of Gov. Andrus
The Board learned that Gov. James
Andrus, elected to the District 9 position
in September 2013, would be resigning
the post to relocate to California, where
he has new employment. As required
by the WSBA Bylaws, the vacancy will
be filled by the Board at its March 7–8
meeting in Seattle. All candidates will
be interviewed in person at the meeting. The successful candidate will serve
a term starting immediately and ending
in September 2016.
The WSBA Executive Management
Team unveiled for the Board its first
Management Report, a new quarterly
document that summarizes both fi-
nancial and operational data in a com-
prehensive graphical format meant to
streamline analysis of WSBA activities.
The document will be updated and pre-
sented quarterly to the Board.
The report includes a chart breaking
down 10 years’ worth of data, including
membership size and demographics,
admissions, disciplinary actions, num-
ber of CLE seminars presented, staff
size and turnover, budget revenue and
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expenses, fund balances, and organizational milestones. It also includes a
chart of current WSBA operational priorities and the status of projects meant
to implement them. NWL
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