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.

  • Photo of JOY OF RUNNING TOGETHER statues.
    The JOY OF RUNNING TOGETHER is a public work of art in honor of the annual Spokane Bloomsday Run.



The Spokane County Bar Association releases findings for Judicial Candidates

(SPOKANE – August 12, 2022) The Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has released the results of the Judicial Candidates Evaluation Panel (Panel) and Bar Poll

The Panel results are as follows:


District Court Judge 3
Eric Dooyema                            Well Qualified
Jennifer Zappone                      Exceptionally Well Qualified

District Court – Judge 6
Andrew Biviano                         Exceptionally Well Qualified
Deanna Crull                             Exceptionally Well Qualified

The Bar Poll results are as follows:

Nearly 21% of SCBA Members participated in the Bar Poll, which was conducted by Washington State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. The Bar Poll measured legal ability, judicial temperament, integrity, relevant legal experience, and suitability.  For each criterion candidates were rated along the following four-point scale as follows:

1        Not Qualified
2        Qualified
3        Well Qualified
4        Exceptionally Well Qualified

The results reported below consist of a) average ratings for the candidate for the five stated categories, and b) specific responses received for the candidate under each criterion.

Legal Ability Judicial Temperament Integrity Relevant Legal Experience Suitability
Andrew Biviano 2.84 2.78 2.86 2.60 2.65
Deanna Crull 3.05 3.16 3.19 3.24 3.07
Eric Dooyema 3.07 3.17 3.24 3.17 3.11
Jennifer Zappone 3.16 3.22 3.30 3.21 3.09

The Panel is comprised of retired judges and attorneys representing criminal prosecution and defense, the Gonzaga School of Law, and a variety of private practices. The Panel interviewed candidates, reviewed candidate materials, Washington State Bar Association records, and took into consideration Bar Poll findings to come to its conclusions.

The Panel was led by SCBA President April Anderson. April states, “The SCBA is pleased to announce the results of the Judicial Candidates Evaluation Panel and Bar Poll. We believe these results are useful in helping our community members to better understand the quality and fitness of the candidates for its judiciary. We strongly believe that those who wish to judge the members of our community should first submit to evaluation from their peers in the law.”

Mark Wardrop, Interim SCBA Executive Director, (509) 477-2672,


The Spokane County Bar Association is a nonprofit civic organization, which works to enhance the integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all.

SCBA Spotlight

Seeking a Full-Time Program Coordinator

This position is perfect for someone who wants to help grow a mission-driven organization, which works to link low-income individuals to critical legal services.  The SCBA VLP will be accepting applications until April 1, 2022. 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 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 Director, 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
  • Trains intake and clinic volunteers
  • Brings forth issues related to existing policies and new programs to the Executive Director
  • Works with Director of Legal Programs and the Executive Director in a leadership role
  • 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.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in public relations, grant writing, and/or fund raising. 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.

Salary Range  $42,000 – $55,000 annual salary– plus a suite of benefits.

Work Environment

While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position. The SCBVLP follows all state and federal COVID-19 guidelines, including vaccine mandates for state funded programs.


The SCBVLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. The SCBVLP, in partnership with the SCBA and legal community, is working to challenge systemic racism in the regional justice system.

Apply Today

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to . Open until filled.




Staff Attorney Eviction Defense Program
Position Announcement
July 2022 – Closes When Filled

Join the Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, SCBVLP, in leading the new pre Right-to-Counsel Program in Washington State. You’ll be working in a small, but mighty civil legal aid nonprofit. You’ll have flexibility, access to excellent mentors, and generally enjoy your status as an attorney who makes a difference in our community and in the lives of our clients and the community.

The SCBVLP is a nonprofit, civil legal aid organization that works to provide civil legal resources for low-income community members in Spokane and surrounding counties.  The Pre Right-to-Counsel program works to provide attorney representation for low-income residents who are facing eviction primarily in Spokane County and a small percentage from the five surrounding counties.  Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, and streamlined referrals to other social service providers related to housing.  If the client/tenant does go to court, the client will be assigned to a Right to Counsel attorney either in-house or through another legal aid organization.

Job Overview

Attorney will work with and represent the tenant/ client. Attorney will act as an advocate first & foremost to ensure tenants’ rights are preserved, eviction related law are followed, and when possible, halt the eviction. The program is supported by the WA Office of Civil Legal Aid who offers additional training and on-going support to ensure success.

Compensation  – $60,000 – $68,000 a year DOE, benefits included, generous education/training/ licensing stipend. Membership to the SCBA will be provided a benefit. Attorney will represent the SCBVLP to outside stakeholders as warranted. As a 501 c 3 entity,  there may be federal opportunities for student loan forgiveness.


  • Licensed to practice law in Washington and in good standing.
  • Experience with civil procedure, courtroom protocol, and rules of evidence
  • Experience with housing laws and familiar with housing programs and issues in the region
  • Experience successfully working with low-income, diverse, limited English, and marginalized community members
  • Understanding of systemic racism within our regional justice system
  • Excellent communication skills especially when working in a team, with volunteers, judicial staff, opposing counsel, and others
  • Able to synthesize great amounts of information, prioritize duties, find and employ solutions for both the business and the client, master mediator
  • Proficient with all forms of technology including case management software, Microsoft products, phones, server run platforms, on-line meeting platforms, etc.
  • Able to track and implement changes to the law or local rules
  • Nonprofit board work experience is desirable and/or volunteer experience.
  • Experience in changing policy and/or advocacy is a plus

Physical Abilities:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to:

  • Sit for prolonged periods of time, stand, walk and climb stairs, operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard;
  • utilize verbal and written communication to exchange information
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist;

Apply Today

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to


The SCBVLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. The SCBVLP, in partnership with the SCBA and legal community, is working to challenge systemic racism in the regional justice system.


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