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Opportunities for Service
WSBA Presidential Search
Application deadline: April 10, 2018, 5 p.m.
PS T. The WSBA Board of Governors is seeking
applicants for the position of WSBA president
for 2019–20, who will serve as president-elect in 2018–19. The WSBA member selected
will have an opportunity to provide a significant contribution to the legal profession.
Eligibility: The Board of Governors at its
March 2018 meeting changed the geographic bylaw provision requiring the 2018-19
President-Elect to conduct business primarily in eastern Washington. As such, any active WSBA member is now eligible to apply.
(Please note: The amended bylaws now
require the President-Elect to come from
eastern Washington any time three consecutive years pass with President-Elects
from western Washington; previously the
eastern-Washington requirement was for
every fourth year, regardless of whether
eastern Washington had been represented in the President-Elect position in previous years.)
To apply: Applications for 2019–20 WSBA
president will be accepted until 5 p.m. on
April 10, 2018, 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
1, 2018. Applications and endorsement
letters should be emailed to barleaders@
Direct contact with the Board of Governors
is encouraged. All candidates will have an
interview with the full Board of Governors
in open session scheduled for the May 17-
18, 2018 Board of Governors meeting in
Seattle. The session will be webcast. Fol-
lowing 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, are reimbursed.
The commitment begins in May 2018,
following selection. A one-year term as
president-elect will begin at the APEX
Awards Dinner on Sept. 27, 2018. 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 2019,
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 communication by letter, e-mail, and telephone in
connection with these responsibilities.
The duties and responsibilities of the
president are set forth in the WSBA Bylaws.
The Bylaws can be found at www.wsba.
org/wsba-bylaws. For further information,
email email@example.com or contact
Margaret Shane at 206-727-8244.
Call for Applications for WSBA
Board of Governors At-Large
Application deadline: April 20, 2018, 5 p.m.
PST. The New and Young Lawyer at-large
position on the WSBA Board of Governors
is up for election in 2018. Candidates for
this seat must qualify as a “young lawyer”
as defined by WSBA's Bylaws as of Oct. 1,
2018. Candidates will be evaluated by the
Washington Young Lawyer Committee
(WYLC) which will nominate at least two
candidates to be interviewed for election
by the Board of Governors at its May 17-18
meeting. That meeting will be webcast. The
three-year term begins Oct. 1, 2018.
To apply: Complete the nomination form
Volunteer Custodians Needed
posted at www.wsba.org/elections, sign it,
scan it, and email it along with the required
attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5
p.m. PST on April 20, 2018. A WSBA member
may nominate another member by com-
pleting the appropriate nomination form.
Any member who has previously served
on the Board of Governors for less than 18
months is eligible to run for a second term.
For more information, see www.wsba.
org/elections, or contact Pam Inglesby at
Additional at-large positions will also be
up for election in 2018. The Washington
Supreme Court in January passed an
order to codify the Board of Governors’
decision to add two community at-large
seats and one Limited License Legal
Technician/Limited Practice Officer at-
large seat to the board. Governors are
currently considering how to bring on
these new positions. For updates, see
The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers
as potential volunteer custodians under
Rule for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct
(ELC) 7. 7. An appointed custodian is authorized to act as counsel for the limited
purpose of protecting a client’s interests
whenever a lawyer has been transferred
to disability inactive status, suspended,
or disbarred, or dies or disappears, and no
person appears to be protecting the client’s interests. The custodian takes possession of the necessary files and records
and takes action to protect the client’s
interests. The custodian may act with
a team of custodians and much of the
work may be performed by supervised
staff. If the WSBA is notified of the need
for a custodian, the WSBA would affirm
the willingness and ability of a potential
volunteer and seek his or her appointment as custodian. Costs incurred may
be reimbursed. Current WSBA members
of all practice areas are welcome to apply. Contact Sandra Schilling at sandras@
wsba.org, 206-239-2118 or 800-945-
9722, ext. 2118, or Darlene Neumann at
email@example.com, 206-733-5923 or
800-945-9722, ext. 5923.