Updated: Nov. 16, 2022

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington: open until filled
BJA Public Trust and Confidence Committee: application deadline is Dec. 2
Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees: application deadline is Dec. 2
Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors: application deadline is Dec. 21

Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington

Open Until Filled. 

The WSBA Board of Governors will appoint five members of the Bench-Bar-Press Committee of Washington for terms beginning upon appointment and expiring Dec. 31, 2023 (the term expiration is set by the Board of Governors and subject to change).

The Bench-Bar-Press Committee was formed in 1963 to foster better understanding and working relationships among judges, lawyers, and journalists. Its mission is to seek to accommodate, as much as possible, the tension between the constitutional values of free press and fair trial through educational events and relationship building. The committee is chaired by the chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court and includes representatives from the legal profession, judiciary, law enforcement, and news media.

The full committee typically holds an in-person (currently paused due to COVID-19). A liaison committee, called the Fire Brigade conducts work throughout the year. Subcommittees of volunteers are organized on an ad hoc basis to plan and execute events. More information can be found here, or contact Wendy Ferrell, Administrative Office of the Courts, at wendy.ferrell@courts.wa.gov.

To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to barleaders@wsba.org.

Board for Judicial Administration (BJA) Public Trust and Confidence Committee

Application deadline: Dec. 2, 2022

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications from members interested in serving on the Board for Judicial Administration's Public Engagement and Education Committee. The committee consists of 16 members, and is chaired by Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu. One member is nominated by the WSBA. All committee members are appointed by the Board for Judicial Administration. The term begins Jan. 1, 2023 and expires Dec. 31, 2024. 

The Public Engagement and Education Committee, formed in 1999 to achieve the highest possible level of public trust and confidence in Washington’s judicial system, includes members representing the bench and bar, educators, legislators, local government officials, civic groups, and members of the public. The focus is to assess the public’s level of trust in the judicial system and to develop and implement strategies to increase that trust and confidence. Further information can be found on the state court website or by contacting Nicole Ack at nicole.ack@courts.wa.gov. For information about WSBA's appointment process, contact Paris Eriksen, WSBA Volunteer Engagement Advisor at parise@wsba.org.

To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé on or before Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, to barleaders@wsba.org.

Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees

Application Deadline: Dec. 2, 2022

The WSBA Board of Governors will appoint two (2) trustees to the Legal Foundation of Washington Board of Trustees. The three-year terms will begin Jan. 1, 2023, and end Dec. 31, 2025.

The Legal Foundation of Washington is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes equal justice for low-income people through the administration of IOLTA and other funds. Trustees should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of the need for legal services and how these services are provided in Washington.

Further information about trustee responsibilities is available upon request by email to caitlindc@legalfoundation.org.

To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org on or before Dec. 2, 2022.

Northwest Justice Project Board of Directors

Application Deadline is Dec. 21, 2022

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications to appoint four (4) attorney members to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Board of Directors. Two (2) incumbents are eligible to reapply. Appointments are for a term of three years.

Candidates with lived experience reflective of NJP’s client community are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates outside of the central Puget Sound region.

With more than 180 attorneys, NJP pursues its mission of Combating Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity by providing free legal services to low-income individuals, families, and communities throughout Washington State. NJP is primarily funded by the Washington Office of Civil Legal Aid and the federal Legal Services Corporation, with additional support from the Washington Department of Commerce, the Legal Foundation of Washington among other public and private funders.

Service on NJP’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for accomplished individuals who are passionate about the struggle for equal justice and who are committed to ensuring low-income people in Washington have access to high-quality civil legal assistance and representation. NJP’s board is responsible for setting program policy; overseeing NJP operations and regulatory compliance; providing fiscal oversight; helping with resource development; and supporting, partnering with, and overseeing the executive director. NJP’s Board is committed to advancing the Access to Justice Community’s Race Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI).

Board members attend quarterly meetings in Seattle (when resumed again), attend a one-day annual retreat, and serve on two standing committees (which meet telephonically 8-10 times per year). Board members can also participate in and support NJP in local legal community activities and the every other year Access to Justice Conference. Board-related travel and lodging expenses are reimbursed, as appropriate.

For more information, please contact Executive Director César Torres, cesart@nwjustice.org; or Board Development Committee Chair Chiedza Nziramazanga, nzirama2@gmail.com. To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to barleaders@wsba.org by Dec. 21, 2022.