Updated: Dec. 7, 2022

The Awards Committee recognizes and honors WSBA members who make noteworthy contributions and achievements in public service, government service, professionalism, pro bono work, diversity, and other areas for the annual APEX (Acknowledging Professional Excellence) Awards. The committee reviews nominations of outstanding individuals and groups and submits its recommendations for each award category to the Board of Governors for review.

Submit a nomination for the 2023 WSBA APEX Awards starting Jan. 1, 2023.

Awards Committee Members

Chair Hunter M. Abell, President-Elect

Daniel D. Clark, President

Francis Adewale, Treasurer and Governor, District 5

Mary M. Rathbone, Governor, District 4

Brett A. Purtzer, Governor, District 6

Erik Kaeding, Governor, District 8

Kevin Fay, Governor, District 9

Nam Nguyen, Governor, District 10

Brian Tollefson, Immediate Past President

WSBA Staff Liaison:

Michael Kroner, Outreach Specialist
michaelk@wsba.org, 206-727-8289

Please direct any comments and questions to michaelk@wsba.org

APEX Award Categories and Recipients

Next Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, pursuant to RCW 42.30.080, that an Awards Committee meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022
4–5 p.m.


Meeting materials

Join the Zoom meeting

The public can join this meeting by conference call.

Call-in at 253-215-8782, or toll-free 888-788-0099

Meeting ID: 827 9679 4094 

Passcode: 517749

You are not required to state your name to join this meeting. If the conference call provider message asks that you state your name, you may press #, without stating your name, and you will be connected to the meeting.

Council members will receive information to join via Zoom.

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email or call Shelly Bynum at shellyb@wsba.org or 206-239-2125.