The Executive Committee of the Washington Chapter of ABOTA has full power and authority over the affairs of the Chapter between the business meetings of the Chapter Membership, subject to certain limitations contained in the National Bylaws. The Executive Committee shall, in addition, have the authority to schedule meetings of the Executive Committee, make recommendations to the Membership and the National Board, and perform such other duties as may be specified in the Washington Chapter Bylaws or specifically authorized by action of the Executive Committee, not inconsistent with the National Constitution and Bylaws.
The Membership/Nominations Committee, shall aid the Executive Committee and National Board in the job of certifying nominees for membership in ABOTA as provided in Article, III, Sections 1 through 5, and Article IV, Section 3 of the National Constitution. The committee shall first poll Members of the Chapter and, if a majority approves a nominee, pass the nominees on to the National Board which shall give consideration to, but shall not be bound by, the recommendations of the Washington Chapter. The affirmative vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the National Board is necessary to certify a nominee to membership in the Association except where otherwise specifically provided in the National Bylaws or by the Constitution.
The Committee shall also nominate candidates for Attorney of the Year and Judge of the Year and any special awards it deems appropriate. All such nominations are subject to the approval of the Washington Chapter Executive Committee.
Education & the Law Committee
The Education & the Law Committee is responsible for overseeing and implementing the James Otis Lecture Series and the Teachers Law School.
The James Otis Lecture was a lawyer and pivotal player in the lead up to the American Revolution. This lecture series invites Washington high school scholars to attend a lecture each year on important topics regarding our Nation's history. The Committee shall cooperate with the ABOTA Foundation in its programming and funding efforts for the lecture series.
The Teachers Law School shall be put on each year in cooperation with other legal and educational organizations in Washington. Its goal is to educate high school teachers about the rule of law as a foundation for our representative democracy.
Masters in Trial Committee
The Masters in Trial Committee shall be responsible for overseeing and implementing a yearly Masters in Trial seminar.
Our members teach lawyers in Washington State how to competently and professionally prepare and try a civil jury trial.