Updated: Feb. 6, 2024

Volunteer to Represent WSBA on a Committee or Organization

  • Commission on Judicial Conductapplication deadline is March 29, 2024
  • Washington Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee — applications due March 29, 2024

Commission on Judicial Conduct

Application deadline: March 29, 2024

The WSBA Board of Governors is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Commission on Judicial Conduct. Two lawyer positions are available: one as a member and one as an alternate. 

The Commission reviews complaints of ethical misconduct and disability against judicial officers, discusses the progress of investigations, and takes action to resolve complaints. The goal of the Commission is to maintain confidence and integrity in the judicial system by seeking to preserve both judicial independence and public accountability. The public interest requires a fair and reasonable process to address judicial misconduct or disability, separate from the judicial appeals system that allows individual litigants to appeal legal errors.

The Commission consists of 11 members who serve four-year terms — six non-lawyer citizens, three judges, and two lawyers. Each member has an alternate whose term coincides with their corresponding member’s term. The lawyers must be admitted to practice in Washington and are appointed by the WSBA. Incumbents are eligible for reappointment, limited to two terms as an alternate member and two terms as a full member. Letters of interest and résumés are also required for incumbents seeking reappointment. The term for these positions will commence July 1, 2024 and expire on June 16, 2028. 

There are five regular meetings each year.  In addition, it is crucial that members be available to serve on contested hearing panels that occur up to two times a year and may take multiple days to complete.  

To apply: please submit the following 1) letter of interest 2) résumé and 3) completed to Waiver and Authorization Form for Commission on Judicial Conduct to barleaders@wsba.org by March 29, 2024.   

The Commission on Judicial Conduct has asked the WSBA to conduct discipline checks on all applicants. Further information about the Commission can be found online at www.cjc.state.wa.us, or by contacting them at 360-753-4585.

Washington Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee

Application deadline: March 29, 2024

One WSBA representative position is open on the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee for a term beginning July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2027. The Oversight Committee is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA), reviewing the performance of the OCLA Director, and making recommendations to the Legislature, the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Board on matters relating to the delivery of state-funded civil legal aid services.

The current WSBA Representative (since 2018) is Chalia Stallings-Ala'ilima and is happy to answer any questions about the role. 

WSBA seeks applicants who:

  • Have a demonstrated interest and commitment to ensuring equity and justice for low-income and vulnerable people in our state’s civil justice system,
  • Are committed to promoting bipartisan support for state-funded civil legal aid services, and effective non-partisan oversight of the state-funded civil legal aid system,
  • Offer relevant leadership experience and/or potential, and
  • Who will help enhance the racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, political and other diversity of the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee.  

To Apply: please submit a cover letter and resume to barleaders@wsba.org by Friday, March 1. For questions regarding this position, please contact Sara Robbins at sara.robbins@ocla.wa.gov or visit the website. 

NOTE: Employees of programs funded by OCLA are not eligible to serve.