LMBA’s programs are facilitated through our Committees and SubCommittees. Volunteers are welcomed to help support us in this important work.
Annual Dinner Committee
The Dinner Committee annually plans and produces the Philip L. Burton Memorial Foundation scholarship dinner, which generally occurs in May of each year. This committee, in conjunction with the Executive Board, also coordinates the annual awards program.
Annual Founders’ Day Picnic Committee
The Founders’ Day Picnic Committee functions to annually recognize the leadership necessary for the original founders of the Loren Miller Bar Association to create and maintain the organization. The committee fully implements the picnic including finding a location, arranging for catering, and coordinating the entertainment. The picnic provides an opportunity during the month of August every year for Loren Miller Bar Association members, friends, and the community to celebrate each others company.
Annual Holiday Party Committee
The Annual Holiday Party Committee functions to plan and implement an annual year-end celebration for Loren Miller Bar Association Members and Friends. Help with the committee.
The Membership Committee’s mission is to track membership, maintain the membership email list serves for both general and job announcements, maintain the membership directory, and to welcome new members.
Philip L. Burton Scholarship Committee
The Philip L. Burton Scholarship Committee annually receives and reviews applications from law students for scholarships to defray the costs associated with taken the bar exam. The scholarships are awarded at the Annual Philip L. Burton Memorial Dinner.
Professional Development & Practice Outreach Committee
This committee functions to identify topics for Continuing Legal Education seminars for Loren Miller Bar Association members and to plan those seminars. This committee also provides opportunities for professional growth of LMBA members and improving diversity in the legal profession. Help with the committee.
Spokane & Tacoma Liaison SubCommittee
This committee is not currently active. In the past, it acted as the liaison between the Seattle LMBA members and the Spokane and Tacoma African-American communities. It advised LMBA of the legal needs and concerns within Spokane and Tacoma. It organized and implemented annual LMBA activities in the Spokane and Tacoma areas. It coordinated and facilitated communication between the LMBA Board and Jack E. Tanner Bar Association Board. Volunteer to re-activate the subcommittee.
Summer of Success Dinner Committee
The Summer of Success Dinner (formerly known as the Summer Associate Networking Dinner) Committee’s function is to plan and implement a cost-effective networking dinner for African-American summer associates in the Puget Sound area. The purpose of the dinner is to improve the professional network of young lawyers early in their career, increase career options through networking, and to cultivate Loren Miller Bar Association’s connections with the broader community.
This committee facilitates LMBA’s mentoring program for students. For the recent graduate, it also exists to explain public and private sector practice expectations, teach strategies for successful completion of attorney work product, and to openly discuss conflict avoidance and political survival within the profession of law. Help with the committee.
Legislative & Social Justice Committee
This committee functions to inform LMBA members on legislative and social justice issues affecting the African American community.
Community Service & Outreach Committee
This committee functions to organize LMBA’s efforts to give back to the community through volunteer opportunities such as the LMBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Annual Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry food donation drive and packing food at the King County Emergency Feeding Program warehouse.
Bar Exam Review SubCommittee
This subcommittee was recently formed in Fall 2016 to review results of the Uniform Bar Examination now that it has been in place in Washington for a few years. LMBA is concerned about the lack of an appeal process and the potential for disparate passage rates for test-takers of color. It is working with the state’s law schools, WSBA and other stakeholders to identify trends and areas in which improvement may be appropriate. Help with the committee.