1 Why did you want to serve on the WSBA Board of Governors?
I’m a power-hungry board junkie! Kid-
ding. I had served in local Spokane
I’m proud to have served on the MCLE
Task Force. As a governor, we serve on a
variety of committees, task forces, work
groups, sections, and outside entities as
a liaison to the Bar. I always take my role
very seriously and I try to attend those
meetings and participate. I begged to
be on the task force, as I think that the
way CLEs are delivered, provided, and
required needs some work. As someone
who works virtually paperless within
a large traditional firm, the delivery of
CLEs alone was something I believed
needed change. Ironically, a couple of
my law firm partners have said that I
“work in the future,” but so many other
attorneys are leaps and bounds ahead
of where I am with technology.
4 What has been the most difficult decision you had to make as a
governor, and why?
The first vote I took as a governor was
a nail-biter. I took over a vacant spot
early, so I will actually serve three
years plus 2. 5 meetings. That makes
me the most senior member of the current Board. The first vote I took after
getting sworn in was whether or not to
keep my seat when we added the new
10th District seat. Thankfully, my spot
was unanimously kept. Other votes are
challenging because you can’t please
everyone. I represent all the new and
young lawyers across the whole state
— about 7,000 people. I have to make
decisions that affect the entire Bar. As
a leader, I think it’s important to know
what your constituency wants, but to
also have the interests of the greater
organization in mind.
5 Can you share one thing we may not know about you?
Hard to choose one: I have two rescued
cats named for characters on The Wire
(Omar Little and Wee Bey). I’m newly
obsessed with CrossFit, and I’ve hit
300 lbs. on a deadlift. I have a master’s
degree in English literature.
with Gov. Robin Haynes
Take 5 lets you learn a little more about
your Board of Governors. If you have further questions for Gov. Haynes, she can be
reached at email@example.com.
Robin Lynn Haynes was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, represent- ing new and young law- yers. She is part of the litigation team at Witherspoon Kelley as a principal. She had
previously worked with the firm of R&G,
P.S, where she became its first female
partner in 2011. Haynes’s involvement
in the legal community began shortly
after her graduation from law school,
when she began serving regularly as
a volunteer judge for moot court and
student competitions at Gonzaga University. Since 2009, she has served as
a mentor for first-year law students and
has spoken on panels at student events.
Haynes received her undergraduate,
master’s, and law degrees from Gonzaga University.
County bar leadership and in the former WYLD/current WYLC. I joined the
Board right after the referendum and
saw it as an opportunity to make some
positive changes. As attorneys, we have
so much privilege and much more power
than we think. I think it’s our obligation
to give back beyond our practices.
2 What is the most important lesson you have learned about
WSBA members since you’ve been
on the Board?
It amazes me the broad range of issues
that members find important. I had no
idea how much people love Casemaker
(I have, admittedly, never used it).
WSBA members are paying attention to what the Bar is doing, and you
never know what might spark interest
or debate. I am always surprised when a
member reaches out to me about an issue that I had perceived to be relatively
3What decision or accomplishment are you the most proud of from
your service on the Board? P H O T