Spokane County Young Lawyers Division


Members of the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) who are 36 years of age or less, or are in the first five years of practice, are qualified to be members of the SCBA Young Lawyers Division. Young Lawyers Division membership is free. To inquire about membership, contact Todd Adolphson at tja@witherspoonkelley.com.


SCYLD membership offers several benefits, including networking and referral opportunities among other young lawyers, socials to meet fellow young lawyers; and free CLEs on topics of special interest to those of us who are new to the practice. Spokane County Young Lawyers Division is a perfect chance to get involved in the local and state legal community, as well as the wider Spokane community.

If you fit the definition of a member of SCYLD and are not already receiving emails and communications from us, please e-mail Caitlin O'Brien at ceo@winstoncashatt.com to have your name added to our list. This is also who you should contact to have your e-mail address removed.


Monthly meetings:

Call Todd Adolphson for more information at (509) 624-5265 at tja@witherspoonkelley.com.


Intro to Courts CLE:

Each year the SCYLD hosts a CLE for those lawyers who are new to the practice of law in Spokane County. The SCYLD coordinates with the Superior Court, State District Court, Federal District Court, and Bankruptcy Court Judges to have the new admittees, over the course of two days, travel through the various courtrooms, meet the Judges and have discussions about issues particularly relevant to the new practitioner. Leaders in the State and County Bar Associations likewise participate and inform the new lawyers about the different activities with which they can participate.

Judicial Theater CLE:

For this low cost Ethics CLE, the SCYLD invites the judges from state and federal courts to participate in acting out skits involving ethical dilemmas. After each skit, the attorneys attending the CLE discuss the issues raised in the skit with the judges in small groups. After ten minutes of small group discussion, the discussion is opened up to the entire group with the judges facilitating the discussion. The CLE includes food and refreshments. This CLE has been highly attended and well-received in past years.


Mentorship Program:

The Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division mentorship program will pair an attorney with 5 or more years of experience with someone who is newer to the legal profession.  The program's goals are numerous, but the SYLD's hope is that this program will assist Spokane's new attorneys to thrive in their first years of practice, as well as become better acquainted with other attorneys and resources available in Spokane County. To help participants achieve this, we will provide a list of activities that can serve as a guide to navigate the mentor/mentee relationship, as well as highlight the practical skills new and young attorneys need to learn.

The materials to sign up to be a mentor or a mentee are available below. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this exciting opportunity!  Please contact SYLD President Todd Adolphson (tja@witherspoonkelley.com) with any questions or if you would like to sign up to be a mentor or mentee.


I want to be a mentor

I would like to have a mentor

Goals of the Mentorship Program

Community Participation and Activities:

The Young Lawyers seek to give back to our community in a variety of ways. Some examples of our community involvement are: holiday giving to a needy family, a work party to assist Habitat for Humanity, Adventure Dynamics Program – a program to assist local youth in building skills such as team building, leadership and fostering trust.


SYLD Scholarship Program & SYLD Attorney Referral list :

Details forthcoming


The Young Lawyers also regularly host social events and parties for networking and socializing! We are always looking for more ideas for community participation and fun events. Please join our email list to be notified of meeting and social gatherings.