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 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.


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Below is an attorney job posting from Spokane County.

Counsel for Defense Manager; REVISED

SALARY: $169,723.75 Annually

OPENING DATE: 10/13/20

CLOSING DATE: 11/13/20 12:00 PM

DEPARTMENT: Counsel for Defense



Performs administrative, supervisory, and participatory legal work in managing the staff, policy and operations of the Counsel for Defense Department. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the manager is expected to carry half a case load when appropriate, considering the other imperatives of the office. This position shall be appointed by the Selection Committed as provided for in RCW 36.26.030.

Note: All application materials must be attached to and submitted through the NeoGov application process to be considered; please refrain from submitting materials or otherwise communicating directly with the selection committee members.

TOTAL COMPENSATION: $217,246 annually. Total compensation is an estimate based upon base compensation, median retirement fund contributions, and current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution rates (including medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability, and leave).  The actual total will vary depending upon each employee’s enrollment choices.


Administers, directs and supervises office activities and personnel policies; appoints, trains, counsels, advises and supervises attorneys, investigators and support staff.

Prepares and presents the annual budget to the County Commissioners. Monitors fiscal policy and line item budget expenditures of the Department.
Annually reports to the Board of County Commissioners as provided for in RCW 36.26.050

Maintains and ensures the integrity of representation of indigent defendants in the courts.

Represents defendants at all levels of proceedings. including capital defendants, who cannot be represented by the Public Defender’s Office due to conflicts of interest or other factors.

Advises professional staff on complex issues, defense strategies and procedures; monitors and evaluates work ensuring performance is consistent with prevailing professional standards, applicable statutes and county policies. Assigns, tracks and reviews caseloads. Oversees the arrangement of
training and practice updates for attorneys, as required or needed.

Responds to or oversees the resolution of sensitive or complex inquiries, problems or complaints regarding availability or quality of services. Responds to public records requests.

Establishes, prepares and submits pertinent budgets, reports, documents and data as required.

Maintains and establishes equitable working relationships with all agencies with in the criminal justice system.

Attends meetings and hearings and represents the department and the County to all agencies, organizations and individuals both public and private including the media in matters related to the Department.

Performs other related duties as required.


TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and eight (8) years of progressively responsible legal and criminal trial experience as a licensed practicing attorney, including the performance of administrative functions and supervision of professional staff. Must have a demonstrated experience in the utilization of expert witnesses and evidence.

LICENSE: Admitted to practice law in Washington State at the time of application; membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association, without qualifications or restrictions on the practice of law. Certification by the Washington State Supreme Court to be lead counsel in capital cases under Special Proceedings Rule 2 preferred.


Considerable knowledge of:

  • the principles, practices and application of criminal law and procedures.
  • case management.
  • trial procedures.
  • trial utilization of expert witnesses and evidence
  • the Standards of Indigent Defense adopted by the Washington State Supreme Court in CFR 3.1.
  • the performance Guidelines for Criminal Defense adopted by the Washington State Bar Association.
  • investigative and sentence mitigation techniques, including in death penalty cases
  • currently accepted management techniques and practices including budget processes and
    supervisory principles.

Ability to:

  • appear in court and try all types of cases including the most complex cases.
  • train, supervise, evaluate and improve the work of professional and support staff through instruction and by example.
  • develop, implement and administer goals, objectives, and procedures for providing effective and efficient services;
  • establish and maintain tactful, effective and non-judgmental relationships with the public and parties affected by the court and its administration.
  • analyze problems, identify solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals;
  • communicate and work collaboratively with all segments of judicial and criminal justice systems.
  • evaluate and establish priorities.
  • effectively work and communicate with individuals and groups from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • maintain proper perspective in all dealings, contacts and situations.

Skill in:

  • the practice of criminal law, including courtroom advocacy, forensic and psychological experts
    and issues, and legal research and writing.
  • the use of personal computers, related software programs and commonly used office equipment.


Position #20-00199


824 N Adams
Spokane, WA 99260

Human Resources
(509) 477-5750

Civil Service
(509) 477-4711

Counsel for Defense Manager; REVISED 10/22/20 Supplemental Questionnaire

* 1. Are you currently in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association without qualifications or restrictions on the practice of law?

2. If you answered no the question above, please explain:


* 3. Are you currently certified by the Washington State Supreme Court to be lead counsel in capital cases under Special Proceedings Rule 2? (A “No” doesn’t preclude you from consideration.)

* 4. Describe your supervisory experience. Include: (1) the number of people supervised, (2) your specific duties and scope of responsibility, (3) experience with specific personnel issues (hiring, training and development, evaluation, progressive discipline, termination, etc.),

* 5. Describe your criminal defense litigation experience (trial to verdict). Include numbers of cases tried, subsequent verdicts, high profile cases with which you have been involved, and any appellate experience.

* Required Question