WSBA’s New President and Beaucoup Pro Bono in Bar News

Bar News

Meet Kyle Sciuchetti: the first WSBA president from Vancouver.

In the new issue of Washington State Bar News, the newly seated WSBA president introduces himself and his vision for the Bar over the next year.

“Having lived most of my life in and around Washington, I see my year of service as WSBA president as an opportunity to bring people together; to build bridges around the state and throughout the Pacific Northwest,” Sciuchetti writes in this issue’s cover story.

Sciuchetti takes the center seat in WSBA governance as the Bar begins its long-range planning for the future of the organization.

“And, while we live in a time of uncertainty, I see opportunities. Where others see limitations, I see options,” Sciuchetti continues. “I say this because this year is going to be different, and that’s OK.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, with still millions out of work and an expected wave of residential evictions on the horizon, it’s even more impactful when the legal community lends its support through pro bono service. October is traditionally the month when the WSBA celebrates the pro bono service of our members, who in the last year collectively contributed more than 200,000 hours of free legal assistance to their communities.

In this issue of Bar News, you will find stories about proposed changes to the WSBA’s emeritus pro bono membership status, the work of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, profiles of some organizations that enhanced their work through the Powerful Communities Project, and the ethics of taking cases pro bono while still avoiding RPC violations. Similarly, you can learn how one WSBA member utilizes case referrals from the WSBA Moderate Means Program to “serve the underserved while building your practice.”