Updated: June 12, 2024

Our Mission

The mission of the Washington State Bar Association is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, to ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and to champion justice.

The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court and exercises a governmental function authorized by the Washington Supreme Court to license and regulate the state’s more than 40,000 legal professionals, including lawyers, limited practice officers, and limited license legal technicians. The WSBA both regulates legal professionals under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional organization — all without public funding.

The WSBA administers the bar admission process, including the bar exam, provides record-keeping and licensing functions; administers the lawyer discipline system; and provides continuing legal education for legal professionals. 

Governance and Leadership

The Board of Governors is WSBA's governing body charged with determining the general policies of the Bar and approving its annual budget. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, and immediate past president and members elected from each Congressional District and three at-large positions.

The Board of Governors elects the president-elect of the Bar and selects the executive director.

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Sunitha Anjilvel
 Sunitha Anjilvel
Acting WSBA President*
Board of Governors

Learn more about the Board of Governors, its work, and meeting schedule.

*(NOTE: President-Elect Sunitha Anjilvel has stepped up to serve as acting WSBA President while Hunter Abell takes a leave of absence to run for a political office.)

Terra Nevitt
Terra Nevitt
Executive Director
Executive Director

WSBA's Executive Director Terra Nevitt was appointed by the Board of Governors in January 2020.

About Terra

Terra Nevitt has served as the Executive Director of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) since 2019. She was originally drawn to the State Bar to help coordinate the state’s network of civil legal aid providers as liaison to the Access to Justice Board, and the theme of law-in-service-to-those-most-in-need has defined her legal career—from leading civil legal aid organizations to working as a non-profit immigration attorney to working in Bangkok to end the exploitation of children. She is a fierce advocate for equity and inclusion, in the legal community and world at large. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the George Washington University School of Law. Outside the office, you can find her tracking orcas, traveling the globe with her family, and visiting as many local farm stands as possible.

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