reading any articles in WSBA’s official magazine from WSBA governors
talking about their experience — what
kind of work the governors did or any
information that would compel me to
want to volunteer. This changed with
the WLI. A big part of the program is
the one-year requirement to volunteer.
I volunteered to be on the civil Rights
committee, eventually becoming chair
of the committee and the Section.
committees, sections, and boards
have staff liaisons and governor liaisons.
As chair, I worked closely with the staff
and attended several Board meetings.
This was my first opportunity to look at
the voluminous amount of materials that
the governors were responsible for.
By my first year on the Board, I served
as co-chair of the annual Washington Association of Minority Bar Associations
conference (WAMBAc), had been a part
As I complete my three- year term on the WSBA Board of Governors, I asked myself: What could I
say to other members of the Bar to let
them know the importance of the work of
the governors? Giving my perspective
as a third-year governor, I would like
members to understand the environment of the day-to-day work, and the
My Story | WSBA Governor Tracy Flood
at the heart of everything I did. As a
young lawyer, I volunteered in my community with the YWcA, kitsap county
Women Lawyers, the WYLD (WSBA’s
Young Lawyers Division, now the Young
Lawyers committee) and kitsap Legal
Services. After becoming president of
the kitsap county Women Lawyers, I
learned more about the WSBA. When the
Board of Governors came to Silverdale
Clockwise from upper left:
WSBA Chief Development
Officer and Director of
McNally, Gov. Tracy Flood,
and WSBA Diversity Program
Manager Joy Eckwood
present the WSBA Diversity
Plan to the WSBA Board of
Governors on May 31; Tracy
receives the Loren Miller
Bar Association Social
Justice Award from LMBA
Past President Judge Nicole
Gaines; Tracy speaking
with Chief Justice Barbara
Madsen (r.) and Megan
McNally (l.) at a reception
celebrating the WSBA
Diversity Plan; Tracy looks up
documents at the May 2013
Board of Governors meeting.
work necessary, for the Bar to exist beyond licensing and discipline.
Thirteen years ago, when I was sworn
in by retired Judge Haberly, I never imagined that I would one day be seated at the
table of the WSBA Board of Governors.
As a new attorney, I didn’t even know
what the Board of Governors was until I
was three years into my practice.
Growing up in the city of chicago and
joining the Navy after high school, fam-
ily, work, and community were always
for a Board meeting under the leadership
of then-President Dave Savage, I attend-
ed. I talked with President Savage and
became curious about what exactly the
Board does. I participated in some round-
table discussions, and in 2004, learned
about the newly formed WSBA Leader-
ship Institute (WLI), created under the
leadership of former President Ron Ward.
As a fellow in the inaugural class of the
WLI, I learned “How the Bar Works.”
I didn’t, up to this point, recall