The Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is a leadership development program created in 2004 by the WSBA Board of Governors at the behest of then president Ronald H. Ward. Its mission is to recruit, train and develop traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. It is a collaborative leadership program between the Washington State Bar Association and the University of Washington School of Law.

The program strives to recruit fellows for each class who reflect the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and geographic location. The program sessions include topics such as the “nuts and bolts” of law practice, leadership styles, the judiciary and the legislative process.

Program Benefits

The WLI provides the fellows with numerous opportunities to personally interact with legal, judicial and political leaders. The program offers a unique combination of benefits:

  • The program is a no-cost endeavor for Fellows because all travel, lodging and meals are covered
  • No tuition fee
  • CLE credits, enough to satisfy approximately 3 full years of MCLE requirements — at no cost
  • Exposure to practice and industry leaders
  • Training in the law, courts and the bar
  • One-on-one interaction with judges
  • Mentorship from well-known bar leaders

Apply to Become a WLI Fellow

The 2019–2020 WLI Application is now closed. The 2020–2021 Application will open in July, 2020. Questions? Please contact Dawn Bell at (206) 543-2586 or via email at belld3@uw.edu.

WLI Stories