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  • 03/01/2024 10:47 AM | Anonymous

    Join us March 22nd-24th at the Pierce County Superior Courthouse in Tacoma, WA…

    Washington State YMCA Youth & Government is hosting the Washington State Mock Trial Tournament on March 22nd-24th at the Pierce County Superior Court (930 Tacoma Ave S Ste 110, Tacoma, WA 98402). Please join us in volunteering or sharing out the sign-up links, as it will take over 150 volunteers to make this event happen. We have had over 10% growth in Mock Trial this year, so we need your support now more than ever!

    We need attorneys to volunteer for the following times:

    Round 1: Friday (3/22) @ 6:30pm

    Round 2: Saturday (3/23) @ 8:30am

    Round 3: Saturday (3/23) @ 12:30pm

    Round 4: Saturday (3/23) @ 4pm

    Please sign up for a round (or two!) and get some volunteer hours, meet other folks working with youth interested in the law, and become a part of the Mock Trial community! We have over 70 teams (including Middle Schools!) registered for this season! Feel free to forward this email or sign-up link to friends and colleagues that may be available and interested.

  • 02/28/2024 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    Lawyers and Judges: Have you ever reached a point in your career and thought, "If only I had known...."  

    Law Students: Have you ever wished you had advice from someone who has actually been there?  

    Mentors meet mentees!  

    The mission of the JMMP is to promote the retention, growth, and success of minority* law students and new lawyers as they enter the legal profession, through formalized one-on-one mentorship matches and practical follow-up events throughout the year.

    *We consider people of color; religious, ethnic, and racial minorities; people with disabilities; and LGTBQ+ people to be minorities in our society for purposes of our group's mission. We have chosen to focus our limited resources on addressing impacts on societal minorities. However, we recognize many other groups--such as women, individuals with socio-economic disadvantages, first generation law graduates, and formerly incarcerated individuals--have also been historically under-represented and marginalized in our profession. We do include programming that addresses these issues because they also impact many of our mentees. In addition, many of our follow-up events are open to all and free of charge. With respect and solidarity, if you are not a member of a societal minority but are looking for mentorship, please reach out directly to one or our many partner organizations for their assistance: King County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle.  


    Participants will be formally matched, and pairs will create their own agreement regarding discussion topics, meetings, and follow-up.  The formal program will last through the end of 2024.  But we hope the relationships will continue beyond.  Register HERE to attend the Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, March 27th from 6:00-8:30 pm at Foster Garvey’s Seattle law office: 1111 3rd Ave Ste 3000, Seattle, WA 98101. .


    *JMMP is generously sponsored by The Opportunity and Progress Council, Foster Garvey’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.

    JMMP partner organizations include:

    · South Asian Bar Association of Washington (SABAW) - Founding Partner

    · Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington (MELAW) – Founding Partner

    · Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA)

    · Northwest Indian Bar Association (NIBA)

    · Washington State Bar Association - Indian Law Section (WSBA-ILS)

    · Vietnamese American Bar Association (VABAW)

    · Korean American Bar Association of Washington (KABA)

    · Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW)

    · Washington Women Lawyers Association (WWL)

    · Washington State Bar Association – Board of Governors (WSBA-BOG, unanimously adopted by Board of Governors)

    · Washington State Bar Association – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council (WSBA – DEI Council)

    · King County Bar Association - New Lawyers Division (KCBA-NLD)

    · King County Bar Association (KCBA)

    · QLaw – a voice of LBGT Lawyers and other legal professionals in Washington

    · Federal Bar Association - Washington Chapter (FBA - WA)

    · Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS)

    · Asian Bar Association of Washington (ABAW)

    · and welcoming our newest partner, the Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA)!!!

  • 10/24/2023 9:27 AM | Anonymous
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  • 07/12/2023 7:33 PM | Anonymous

    The Member Wellness Program at WSBA. Member wellness is focused on providing WSBA members and law students support in order to maintain their wellbeing.  

    Member wellness provides individual clinical consultations, wellness presentations, as well as resources on wellness and much more.

    Additional information here:

    Adely Ruiz, MSW, LSWAIC  

    Clinical & Outreach Lead, Member Wellness Program | Washington State Bar Association  

     206.727.8268 |  | Pronouns: she/her 

    1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 600 | Seattle, WA 98101 |  

  • 05/21/2023 11:58 AM | Anonymous

    We are currently accepting applications.  Links to additional information and application information are below

    • International students (those needing student visas):  Preferred deadline April 15 (later applications still considered, admission may be deferred if too late for visa processing)
    • US-based students:  Applications considered on a rolling basis through July 15

    As the world emerges from the pandemic and faces threats to the environment and the stability of economies and democracies worldwide, graduates of the UW Law Graduate (LLM and MJ) Program in Sustainable International Development are the problem solvers who will help navigate these challenges.  Our students focus on legal and policy strategies and tools to balance sustainable economic development with the well-being of communities, the rights of individuals, and the health of the planet. Key areas of focus include:

    • Rule of law, human rights, and governance
    • Global environmental protection
    • Corporate responsibility & sustainability, ESG
    • Law as a tool of poverty alleviation
    • Indigenous people's rights (concentration)
    • Lawyers with a first degree in law earned outside of the US may also take courses required to sit for a US Bar Exam


    The program offers dynamic experiential and externship opportunities in partnership with local and international organizations.  Our graduates are prepared to work with international development organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, law firms, humanitarian and human rights organizations, environmental NGOs, and active military service focused on the rule of law. The program is also equipping a new generation of lawyers to work with social entrepreneurs and corporations to develop sustainable solutions to pressing social challenges.


    Some scholarship support may be available directly through the SID program or through the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.

    For more information, please contact us at

    LL.M in Sustainable International Development - More info

    M.J in Sustainable International Development - More info

  • 05/21/2023 11:43 AM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Bar Association is partnering with the American Bar Association and Baylor University on a survey about the provision of legal services to persons of limited means. This survey will gather information on the experiences and perceptions of pro bono/low bono work, the barriers to pro bono and low bono services, shifts in volunteering since the COVID-19 pandemic, and other important data that will help inform the WSBA’s pro bono and public service programming. If you would like to read the results of the previous survey conducted in 2018, please click here. 

    Please help us distribute this survey with your networks and members so we can help understand how WSBA can best promote a culture of service, reduce barriers to pro bono volunteering, and expand access to justice. We have suggested language below for your convenience.

    You are being invited to complete a survey about the provision of legal services to persons of limited means. We are interested in your perspectives on this work, as well as whether or not you have provided these services. 

    This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete it by May 28th, 2023. Depending on the amount of pro bono work you did in 2022, this survey may take anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. Thank you in advance for your time.


    Click here to access the survey


    About: This survey is distributed in partnership between several state bar associations and the American Bar Association, with the study design and platform managed by Baylor University. If you are licensed in more than one state, you may receive this from each of the states for which you have a license. Please complete this survey only once.


    Questions? Email

  • 05/11/2023 7:42 AM | Anonymous

    King County District Court invites applications from attorneys who would like to be considered for service as a judge pro tempore and to attend the court’s pro tem training class this autumn. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2023.


    King County District Court encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds.


    King County District Court invites letters of interest from attorneys who would like to be considered for service as a judge pro tempore and to attend the Court’s pro tem training class series this autumn.

    Class dates Monday, October 16, 2023, through Friday, October 20, 2023; daily, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Case type focus The 2023 pro tem training class will focus on criminal, infraction and protection order cases. The Court will not be conducting civil pro tem training this year.

    Location King County District Court Bellevue Courthouse 1309 114th Ave. S.E., Suite 100, Bellevue, Washington

    Pro tem requirements To be considered for the pro tem class, you must be an active member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association and have a minimum of five years of civil or criminal experience as a practicing attorney. King County District Court encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds. For additional details, refer to the Court’s Pro Tem Policy.

    Apply for pro tem training class To be considered for the 2023 pro tem training class, please email the following three items to by Friday, June 30, 2023, 5:00 p.m.:

    • King County District Court Pro Tem Application

    • Letter of interest

    • Resume

    Thank you for your interest in serving King County District Court.


  • 05/07/2023 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) currently provides state funded attorney representation and case support services to indigent parents, custodians and legal guardians involved in child dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in all Washington counties. OPD is requesting applications for attorney representation in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties. Please pass the RFQ along to anyone potentially interested and qualified parties. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

    Find out more and how to apply here:

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