Volunteering and Professional Growth in the New Issue of Bar News

BarNews March 2022

Let’s say you’re a lawyer. You pay your license fees. You take all your continuing legal education credits. You keep on top of the various communications from your state bar association. So when that same association comes asking for more of your time, maybe you find yourself wondering why.

The fact is that the WSBA could not exist without its thousands of volunteers; at least, not exist in the same way. Without volunteers, an organization like the WSBA could be functional, but shallow; good enough, but never great for its members and the public. As described in the latest edition of Washington State Bar News, WSBA volunteers and their perspectives are needed “to inform the work of the WSBA and affect the direction of the profession.” WSBA Volunteer Engagement Advisor Paris Eriksen explains in the article “24 Ways to Give Back” that “volunteers speak up, criticize, critique, rethink, retool, and ask questions.”

Also in this issue, you’ll find the continuation of our “Inside Scoop” column, which crowdsources valuable information for lawyers, whether they’re new to practice, venturing into new areas of law, or simply curious to learn from others’ experiences. In this month’s column, various contributors share their professional tips and tricks when it comes to “Motivation, Mentorship, and Managing Your Time.”

For some, professional growth might mean striking out on their own. For others, it could mean passing the torch. Either way, we’ve got you covered with two features outlining tips for buying a law practice and how to close your law practice.

As always, the latest Bar News also includes regular columns and helpful information on topics like best practices for legal writing, professional ethics advice, and more.