The Art of Appreciation in the New Issue of Bar News 

Cover of September 2023 Bar News

WSBA President Daniel D. Clark set pen to paper for the last time to write the final President’s Corner column of his time in the role. In that column, which appears in the latest issue of Washington State Bar News, Clark wrote, “this is my last opportunity to encourage each of you to volunteer at the WSBA—YOUR Bar Association—to get involved in pro bono legal services, to serve on the Board of Governors, and to vote in WSBA elections. It’s my hope that I have encouraged at least some of you to consider volunteering at the WSBA. For those of you I haven’t reached, it’s not too late, and I encourage you to consider getting involved in the future.” 

Clark was also sure to thank the many people he’s worked with and alongside, as well as the many many people who already volunteer their time to participate in the vital daily functions of the state Bar. Indeed, appreciation is a theme in this month’s Bar News

“A 2019 Harvard Business Review article makes the distinction between employee recognition and appreciation,” Bar News Editor Kirsten Lacko wrote. “Recognition is based on performance or results. Appreciation, the article states, ‘is about acknowledging a person’s inherent value.’ Both are important, but recognition is usually limited to specific circumstances and/or people. Appreciation can be given any time, to anyone.” 

So in this month’s issue, we have a lot of people to appreciate. First, you can check out this month’s cover story on the exemplary members of the legal community who were honored with this year’s Acknowledging Professional Excellence (APEX) Awards. Spanning all types of legal professionals from many corners of the state, this year’s winners have well-earned reputations as innovators, tireless volunteers, and fierce advocates. 

In addition, read up on the hundreds of WSBA members who were recently honored for achieving the impressive milestone of 50 years in the legal profession. Check out our other feature on the 2023 WSBA 50-Year Member Tribute Lunch to see pictures of the event and learn more about the class of ’73. 

Also in this issue, get a firsthand perspective about the value of neurodiversity in the workplace, find out what four grant recipients are doing as part of the WSBA’s Powerful Communities Program, learn about Article 2 of the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act; and browse the latest from our regular columnists.