Washington Leadership Institute

The Mission

The mission of the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI) is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the Washington State Bar Association and legal community. We strive 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 Curriculum and Service Projects

More information on the curriculum and examples of past projects here.

The Board

Ronald R. Ward,
WLI Founder

Hon. Mary Yu
James Williams

Anthony Gipe, WSBA
President and ex-officio member

Dean Annette E. Clark
Ex-Officio member

Dean Jane Korn
Ex-Officio member

Jeffrey A. Beaver
Hon. Bobbe Bridge (Ret.)
Hon. Mary Fairhurst
Hon. Steven González
Nancy L. Isserlis
Zabrina Jenkins
Victor Lara
Karen Lee
Hon. Lorraine Lee
Diankha L. Linear

Felix G. Luna
Hon. Ricardo S. Martinez
Hon. Susan J. Owens
Frederick (Fred) B. Rivera
Craig A. Sims
Dean Kellye Y. Testy
James Williams
Karen Denise Wilson
Hon. Mary I. Yu

Read the board members' full biographies.

News and Events


For questions about the WLI, please contact:

Dawn Bell
Assistant to the Dean
Washington Leadership Institute Coordinator William H. Gates Hall |371
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
P:(206) 543-2586 F: (206) 616-5305

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