Since its founding as a Washington State non-profit civic organization in 1908, the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has continuously served its attorney members.  Today over 1000 local attorneys voluntarily join the collegial SCBA. Member attorneys have unique opportunities for professional growth, connections and support, social events, continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, leadership development and member benefits. The SCBA also provides services to attorneys outside of the region, paralegals, and other legal professionals.

The SCBA is centered in Spokane, Washington. Spokane is resource rich with four distinct seasons and accompanying outdoor activities, a continuing core district expansion with a multi-university district, Fairchild Air Force Base and as the central Pacific Northwest medical hub.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Spokane County Bar Association to enhance the integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all county residents.

SCBA Spotlight

The Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator

The Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator. This position is perfect for someone who wants a job that makes an impact on individuals and the community by linking low-income individuals to civil legal services.  The SCBA VLP will be accepting applications until January 5, 2021. If interested, please submit a letter of interest addressing how your expertise will be of benefit to the organization & your salary requirements, resume, and writing sample to ExecDir@SpokaneBar.org with the subject line My VLP Application.

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator is responsible for providing public relations, recruitment and management of volunteers, ensuring clients have easy access to legal services, and fundraising for the Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program.

The Program Coordinator works closely with the Standing Advisory Committee, the Spokane County Bar Association, volunteer attorneys, and agencies serving low-income individuals, other legal service providers and other individuals or organizations to deliver legal services in the communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and follows a public relations and marketing plan based upon stakeholder input and research
  • Writes articles for publications and issues press releases
  • Manages social media and web page content
  • Learns and acts upon the emerging legal needs for community members
  • Develops and maintains relationships with key partners and seeks to create more partnerships
  • Utilizes legal database to measure outcomes for the program. Assists with dissemination of outcomes to major funders and community-at-large.
  • Secures funding through donors, fundraising events, grant writing, and major gifts
  • Assist in the development of legal access curriculum
  • Recruits and maintains volunteer attorneys for client referrals and clinics
  • Recruits, trains, and retains intake and clinic volunteers
  • Brings forth issues related to existing policies and new programs to the Executive Director
  • Works with the Executive Director in a leadership role. Potential to move to Program Director position.
  • Coordinates and assists with the planning and execution of fundraising activities and events

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Attends community events, meetings, and trainings
  • Creates and maintains collateral materials
  • Maintains contact information and files for all areas of responsibility
  • Assists in reviewing the annual budget
  • Applies for internship programs to gain needed staff
  • Updates forms as needed
  • Orders supplies as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Position Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in public relations, grant writing, and/or fund raising preferred. Prior experience within a non-profit organization is a plus.
  • Experience working with the public in a service capacity
  • Ability to speak other languages a plus
  • Experience working within the legal community is preferred but not necessary
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills a must
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products
  • Capable working in a fast-paced, busy environment

SCBA VLP is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled

 

 

A STATEMENT FROM YOUR SCBA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 The Spokane County Bar Association Board of Directors supports the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in society and abhors and condemns racism and white supremacy. Racism afflicts all facets of our society, including the justice system. We acknowledge and understand that the justice system perpetuates racism, repeatedly inflicting violence and oppression upon our Black, Native American and other racial and ethnic minority communities. It is an evil that must be eradicated.

As people and as an organization, it is not enough for us to kneel in solidarity with George Floyd. We must stand up. The SCBA stands in solidarity with our Black, Native American and all other racial and ethnic minority communities. It is not enough for us, as a society, to say: “we are better than this” and bow our heads in shame. It is clear, we are not. We should be better than this. Now is the time to enact meaningful legislation and policies with respect to all aspects of the criminal justice system – from the street to the courtroom. It is also the time for equity, fair application of the rule of law, increased transparency, and accountability.

The SCBA calls our members to action – to not only look within ourselves as to our own racial biases, but to come to the aid of those who due to race, economics, education and other factors do not have equal access to justice. Attorneys are uniquely poised to assist in this fight for access. Our legal system is fraught with inequity, but we can be instruments of change.

The Volunteer Lawyer’s Program (VLP) provides a mechanism by which attorneys can come to the aid of our Black, Native American and other racial and ethnic minority communities. The VLP is charged with creating access to civil justice with a particular focus on serving racial and ethnic minorities, and those in our community who have been historically disenfranchised. Assistance can be in the form of legal education, advice, and directly representing individuals, who, for example, may be dealing with collections, eviction, and family-law related issues. Assistance can also come in the form of providing financial support to the VLP.

In the coming months, the SCBA will be working with our members, our courts, our community leaders and other services supporting access to justice and furthering education regarding systematic racism. As a first step, your SCBA Board members commit to provide a CLE on systematic racism and intercultural competency. Your SCBA Board is open to ideas from our membership regarding other ways we can make lasting change.

We hope our members will come together and advocate and work towards lasting societal and judicial reform to end the suffering of our Black, Native American and other racial and ethnic minority communities. Racism must have no voice in the temples of justice.

SPONSORS OF THE SCBA

Web site advertising is here or sponsorship as we like to call it!  The cost for up to one calendar month is $250 and the size of the ad is  700 × 500 pixels.  Your sponsorship image will be link to your company web site.  See samples below for examples.

If you have an interest in advertising on our web site, contact Mark Wardrop at MWardrop@SpokaneBar.org.