September 2022 > Need to Know

News & Information of Interest to WSBA Members

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Save the date for the 2022 virtual APEX (Acknowledging Professional Excellence) Awards show on the evening of Sept. 22. For more information about the WSBA’s APEX Awards, and this year’s winners, please visit


Bar Structure (ETHOS) Update

The WSBA Board of Governors held its final meeting in the ETHOS process on Aug. 13,
and approved its final recommendation to the Washington Supreme Court. In regards to the three questions below, the recommendations are:

1. Current federal litigation does NOT require the WSBA to make a structural change.

2. It will be important for WSBA and Washington Supreme Court leaders to act upon the actual decision if there is a ruling that forces structural change. Part of the process if such a ruling occurs will include looking at all the documents and information gathered for ETHOS.

3. Litigation aside, the ideal structure is the current integrated model, which provides critical programs and services that work together to support the public and the profession.

In September, the Board expects to finalize its report and send it to the Washington Supreme Court. When available, it will be posted at 

Help Fill the Moderate Means Legal Need

The statewide Moderate Means Program serves moderate income clients through a network of attorneys and limited license legal technicians who offer assistance in family, housing, consumer, and unemployment law cases at reduced fees scaled to the client’s income. There is an urgent need for legal professionals to serve. Visit for more information and join now through your myWSBA account,

New WSBA Treasurer Elected

Congressional District 5 Governor Francis Adewale was elected as the 2022-2023 treasurer by a vote of the Board of Governors at the regular meeting in July. 

Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference: Sept. 15-17

Designing the Future: Presented in partnership with the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section. Three half-day virtual sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day. This year’s conference includes presentations by, among others:

• Jordan L. Couch, Palace Law; member, WSBA Board of Governors (and liaison to the Solo & Small Practice Section); 2020 WSBA APEX Award recipient.

• Tahmina Watson, Watson Immigration Law; incoming KCBA president; chair of the Response Committee of the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA WA).

Check the Solo & Small Practice Section’s webpage,, for further information and a link to the registration page.

New Office Hours

The WSBA’s office hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. These are the times in which our service representatives will staff the main phone lines and the reception desk. If you need to speak in person to a particular WSBA employee, please make an appointment; they will not be available on site for drop-in visitors. Visit for more information.

Engage With WSBA Leaders

The Member Engagement Council, which seeks member input and involvement in decision-making processes, wants to hear from you! The first agenda item of each meeting (the first Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. via Zoom) is reserved for member comments. All topics are welcome. Visit the events calendar at for more information.

Follow Board Meetings and Submit Feedback

Join the Board meeting notice subscription list to receive WSBA Board of Governors meeting notices straight to your inbox! To join, email or complete the form at Send your feedback to Please note that all WSBA emails are subject to public records requests.


Help Needed

The statewide Moderate Means Program serves moderate income clients through a network of attorneys and limited license legal technicians who offer assistance in family, housing, consumer, and unemployment law cases at reduced fees scaled to the client’s income. There is an urgent need for legal professionals to serve. Visit to learn more.

Volunteer With the WSBA

The Board of Governors is seeking applications to serve on one of the WSBA’s many committees, boards, and councils. Take a moment to learn about the various volunteer opportunities and find the one that matches your skills and interests. Visit

Volunteer With the Lawyer Discipline System

Learn more about volunteering as an adjunct disciplinary counsel (ADC). ADCs assist as needed in carrying out the functions of the lawyer discipline system pursuant to Rule 2.9 of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct. An ADC must have been an active lawyer or judicial member of the WSBA for at least seven years at the time of appointment. Appointment is for a five-year term. Visit or contact to learn more.

Custodians Needed

The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers as potential volunteer custodians of files and records to protect clients’ interests. Visit, or contact Darlene Neumann:, 206-733-5923, 800-945-9722, ext. 5923.


Check Out DEI Resource Library

The DEI Resource Library is where WSBA members can learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. There are compiled resource lists, books, and articles on the criminal legal system, identity and intersectionality, microaggressions/bias, and race. Visit

Practice Guides Available

Access two practice guides—”The Law Firm Guide to Document Retention” and “The Law Firm Guide to Disaster Planning and Recovery”—as well as other law firm guides and templates at

Career Consultation

Get help with your résumé, networking tips, and more——or email

Free Consultations and Practice-Management Assistance

The WSBA offers free resources and education on practice management issues. For more information, visit You can also schedule a free phone consultation with a WSBA practice-management advisor. Visit to get started.

Lending Library

The WSBA Lending Library is open to members for both in-person and online checkouts. We have made a few changes to be aware of. For more information, visit or email

Work at the WSBA

Interested in joining the WSBA team? Current openings include: Deputy Executive Director, MCLE Analyst, Member Wellness Clinical and Outreach Lead, and Sections Program Coordinator. Visit to learn more.


Ethics Line

Members facing ethical dilemmas can talk with WSBA professional responsibility counsel for informal guidance. Learn more at or call the Ethics Line at 206-727-8284.

WSBA Advisory Opinions

WSBA advisory opinions are available online at For assistance, call the Ethics Line at 206-727-8284.


Telehealth is Here!

The Member Wellness Program is now offering hi-def, HIPAA-protected video consultations using the telehealth portal Visit and click “Book Your Initial Consultation” to schedule time with our licensed providers.

Judges Need Help Too

The Judicial Assistance and Services Program (JASP) provides confidential support for judges, or those who are concerned about a judge. Contact Susanna Kanther, Psy.D., at 415-572-3803. Visit

The ‘Unbar’ Alcoholics Anonymous Group

The Washington Unbar Alcoholics Anonymous group for legal professionals has been meeting regularly for almost 30 years. The group meets Wednesdays, 12:15–1:30 p.m., and Sundays, 7–8 p.m. Currently, the group meets online via Zoom, and attorneys from all over Washington participate. For more information and Zoom credentials contact


New Lawyers List Serve

This list serve is a discussion platform for new lawyers of the WSBA. To join, email

ALPS Attorney Match

Attorney Match is a free online networking tool made available through the WSBA-endorsed professional liability partner, ALPS. Learn more at, or email


September 2022 Usury

The usury rate for Sept. 2022 is 12%. The auction yield of the Aug. 1, 2022, auction of the six-month Treasury Bill was 2.93%. 

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