In this issue, we introduce you
to 2016–17 WSBA President
Robin Haynes. Here, Haynes
answers questions from members of NWLawyer’s Editorial
What issues are young attorneys
facing in our state?
I love young attorneys, and I am saddened that I am no longer one. Many
people know that my path to the WSBA
presidency was through the Washington Young Lawyers Division (WYLD),
the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC), and as governor-at-large
representing new and young attorneys.
Sadly, I aged and experienced out of
our young lawyer definition during my
first year on the Board, but I served as
the liaison to the WYLC during that
Young and new attorneys (not necessarily the same thing) face a lack of
jobs and high student debt loads — six
figures and anecdotal information of
debts as high as $250,000 for undergrad and law school. That’s staggering
and crippling. Mentorship is missing
for so many new and young attorneys
who are hanging out their shingles.
The WSBA is working on some parts