In July, the Board of Governors reviewed the draft FY17 budget
and proposed 2018–20 license fees, as recommended by the
Budget & Audit Committee.
The FY17 draft budget, which supports regulatory work, professional service programs, and operations, includes $18.8
million in expenses, $16.9 million in revenue, and planned use
of up to $2 million in reserves. FTE are reduced to the 2008–
09 level (141.9). Proposed license fees are $449 in 2018, $453
in 2019, and $458 in 2020.
The Board will take action on each of these items in September.
Additional background and details can be found at www.wsba.
If you are interested in discussing any of the issues being addressed by the Board of Governors, please join us in Seattle on
Sept. 14, 4–5: 30 p.m. This event will also be webcast. The panel
will feature WSBA leadership and Washington Supreme Court
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. Check the WSBA website for
of the Association over to the Supreme
Court” and trying to turn the WSBA into
a governmental agency. The case law
and GR 12 are both evidence that the
current relationship already reflects that
model. We are fortunate in Washington
to benefit from such a close working
relationship with our Court, a collaboration that not all states enjoy.
While some express concern that
an integrated bar generates an inherent tension between the roles of serving its members and serving the public, those two roles are not mutually
exclusive, as the integrated bar model
provides a more robust mechanism for
serving our members in furtherance of
our obligation to serve and protect the
public. Ensuring competent and qualified legal professionals is achieved
through programming that benefits
and enhances our members’ practices,
which in turn provides the best and
most qualified legal professionals to
serve the public. Foremost, ours is a
profession with special responsibilities to our clients, the public, and the
courts of justice.
The license fee, as set by the Board
of Governors and subject to a “
reasonableness” review by the Supreme Court
per GR 12. 1, provides the funding to
maintain both important member benefits and services, while meeting our
regulatory obligations. The WSBA continually assesses the needs of the profession, the needs of the public, and the
necessary resources to fulfill our obligations consistent with Court authority and our mission and Bylaws. The
license fee reflects the Board’s careful
deliberation and assessment about the
programming needed to meet all of
While an integrated bar is a complex
organizational model, it also provides
a great opportunity for serving our
members and the public — and, perhaps most importantly, the vehicle for
our Bar and the Supreme Court to work
together on advancing a strong legal
profession that meets the needs of the
consuming public. NWL
PAULA LITTLEWOOD is the WSBA
executive director and can be
reached at email@example.com.
The WSBA Board of Governors created the Bylaws Work Group
in August 2015 to incorporate the recommendations of the
Governance Task Force Report that implicate the Bylaws and
determine the necessary Bylaws changes for effective implementation of the report’s actions and ensure any revisions are
consistent and uniform.
To learn more about the work group and to read about the
proposed Bylaws amendments, visit http://www.wsba.org/