Membership in Washington Appellate Lawyers Association is by election only.
To be eligible for membership in WALA, an applicant must be a member of the Washington State Bar in good standing who have shown to the satisfaction of a majority of the WALA membership that he or she possesses each of the following qualifications: (1) good character and professional reputation, (2) outstanding appellate ability, and (3) a continuing commitment to quality appellate practice.
The applicant must have been a member of the bar for not less than 10 years and lead counsel in not less than 25 appeals and orally argued at least 15 appeals.
Notwithstanding the foregoing membership criteria, the membership by a majority vote may, from time to time, extend membership, honorary or otherwise, to persons deemed to have significantly contributed to the appellate practice, or who possess equivalent experience or skills as determined by the membership.
See Article 3, Membership, of the WALA constitution (PDF) for specific details of membership.
Download the membership application (PDF).
Applicants should send completed applications to Stewart Estes (firstname.lastname@example.org).