Access to Justice

Board Member Opportunity

Applications accepted until November 30, 2009.

The Washington State Access to Justice Board (ATJ Board) announces a vacancy for a position starting May 2010. The position may be filled by either an attorney or a non-attorney.

Board Member Responsibilities

Responsibilities of ATJ Board members include attending Board meetings and the annual planning sessions; serving as liaison to at least one Board committee; and actively participating in Board initiatives.

What We're Looking For

A demonstrated commitment to equal justice principles and an enthusiastic commitment to serve in equal justice community leadership are required, as are strong communication skills and an ability to see the "big picture." Courage, compassion, consideration, patience, humility, passion, and humor are all valuable traits in ATJ Board members. The ATJ Board is particularly interested in individuals familiar with Washington State’s legal aid provider community. The ATJ Board strives for a membership that reflects ethnic, racial, gender, geographic, and other diversity.

About the Access to Justice Board

The Washington State Supreme Court established the Access to Justice Board in 1994 to assure equal access to the civil justice system for those facing economic and other significant barriers. The ATJ Board works to achieve this mission through the oversight of its State Plan for Delivery of Civil Legal Aid; coordinating and implementing statewide initiatives for improving access for unrepresented and underrepresented populations in Washington state; and building leadership, funding, and other support for equal access to the civil justice system.


The ATJ Board consists of nine members, including up to two lay members, selected on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to, and familiarity with, access to justice issues. Board members may serve up to two three-year terms. The ATJ Board has approximately seven full-day meetings throughout the year in Seattle. Additionally, the Board has an annual retreat and meets at the annual Access to Justice Conference. Travel expenses are reimbursed.

For More Information

Please visit our website at, or contact WSBA Justice Programs Manager Joan Fairbanks at (206) 727-8282 or

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest and résumé, including a summary of qualifications, to:     Allison Durazzi

by email (preferred):

or by post:                  

               Washington State Bar Association

               1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600

                Seattle WA 98101-2539


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