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  • 08/06/2023 12:50 PM | Anonymous

  • 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:

  • 03/30/2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    WBADC Well-being Conference: March 30, 2023


    Attorneys and law students who identify as women are experiencing alarming rates of anxiety, depression, and alcohol use that impact our professional and personal lives, as well as our contributions to our community. 


    Join us for the Women’s Bar Association of DC’s first Well-being Conference to bring leadership, education, and connection to advance our well-being and support the national lawyer well-being movement. 


    This in-person one-day event includes substantive panels and connection-oriented experiences. Virtual broadcast is also available. 


    The Conference is perfect for individuals, women’s affinity groups, law student women and mental health groups, lawyer well-being professionals, and our allies.  


    Panels include: 


    • Women’s Health: The Real Impact of Stress, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse
    • Law School to Law Practice: Bridging the Well-Being Gap
    • Women Leaders: Initiatives and Collaboration for Authentic Advancement


    Registration is available on the website:


  • 03/22/2023 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    I am the President and Founder of The Legal Accountability Project (LAP), a nonprofit aimed at ensuring that law clerks have positive clerkship experiences, while extending support and resources to those who do not. I founded LAP in June 2022 in order to foster beneficial clerkship experiences, diversify the clerkship applicant pool, and protect the next generation of attorneys against workplace mistreatment.


    LAP was born out of my personal experience with gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation during and after my DC Superior Court clerkship, which I first publicly shared in written testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet last March, and have shared in numerous forums since then. I regularly write and speak about judicial accountability and clerkships in order to underscore that law clerks experiencing mistreatment are not alone. 


    LAP is the resource I wish existed when I was a WashU Law student applying for clerkships; a law clerk experiencing mistreatment and unsure where to turn for help; and a former clerk engaging in the formal judicial complaint process. LAP works on several initiatives in collaboration with law schools and other stakeholders aimed at increasing transparency in the clerkship application process; diversifying the clerkship applicant pool; holding judges accountable for misconduct; and ensuring safe judicial workplaces. 


    LAP’s main initiative this year is a Centralized Clerkships Reporting Database, where law clerk alumni from every institution can fill out post-clerkship surveys about their clerkship experiences—either positive or negative—and every law student at every participating institution can read all the survey responses, in order to identify judges who will create positive work environments and avoid judges who mistreat their clerks. The Database democratizes information and replaces the “whisper networks” which are currently one of the only ways for prospective clerks to obtain information about judges. This initiative ensures that law students have as much information about as many judges as possible, before making important career decisions, considering the outsized influence that a judicial clerkship, and a law clerk’s relationship with a judge, have on future career success. The Database also empowers more diverse students to pursue clerkships through access to information.



    Aliza Shatzman

    President & Founder, The Legal Accountability Project

    Connect with me on LinkedIn / Follow me on Twitter @AlizaShatzman

    Read my work on SSRN / Listen to me share my story

  • 03/22/2023 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    Washington State YMCA Youth & Government is hosting the State Mock Trial Tournament on March 24th and 25th at the Thurston County Courthouse in Olympia, WA!

    This tournament will be convened by Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis, but we need attorneys and judges to support youth by attending a trial, scoring each segment of the trial, and providing positive and constructive feedback to the participants. Volunteers are a pivotal component to our program and your time and expertise is irreplaceable. It takes over 500 volunteers to run our mock trial program annually.

    Friday Round Times Available:

    Round 1- 6:30pm (6 open spots)

    Saturday Round Times Available: (Low on volunteers)

    Round 2- 8:30am (13 open spots)

    Round 3- 12:30pm (7 open spots)

    Round 4- 4pm (19 open spots)

    If you are available and interested, please fill out this google form as soon as possible:

    If you are unavailable, but know someone who may be interested, please share out the above link or email us directly.

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