Updated: Sept. 13, 2018

The WSBA is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the legal profession, and is dedicated to understanding and responding to the conditions which exist for all lawyers in Washington. In 2013, the Bar approved the Diversity and Inclusion Plan. The plan rests on a fundamental assumption that WSBA’s commitment to its own culture of inclusion and cultural competence provides the best foundation for meaningful progress

WSBA Diversity and Inclusion programs are supported by charitable donations to the Washington State Bar Foundation To make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the Foundation online or email foundation@wsba.org.

Diversity Programming

The Diversity department works to bring the Washington State legal community diversity and inclusion related programs that examine the current and future environments of the legal field. Often times, the department works with Minority Bar Associations, and the Diversity Committee to put on events. To watch past programs please see the Recorded Diversity Programs page.

Workshops & Consultations

Various workshops and consultations are also available to the legal community and general public through the Washington State Bar Association. Some of the topics offered are interrupting implicit bias, micro aggression, racial inequity, structural racism, allyship 101 and more. Time estimates, and more information are available here.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Resources such as the WSBA Diversity Dictionary, 2012 Membership Study and Executive Summary, fact sheets, important articles, and more are available on the Diversity & Inclusion Resources page.

Heritage Months

As part of WSBA's dedication to encouraging a more inclusive legal field the Heritage Month Overview gives insight into the importance of celebrating cultures and identities. The overview also links to the Heritage Month page which lists articles and events that focus on the cultures and identities being celebrated.

Diversity, Intersectionality & WSBA Membership

WSBA Intersectionality Report 2015

2015 WSBA Diversity Research Project

WSBA Diversity Research Project 2015

Membership Demographics

View current WSBA membership statistics, including membership counts and member demographics.

2015 Diversity Annual Report

2015 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report

2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan

Data and information collected from our 2012 WSBA Membership Study informed and guided our organization to create and approve our first-ever 2013 WSBA Diversity and Inclusion Plan.