The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) teams with young lawyers dedicated to serving their communities. To identify these achievements, the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC) recently petitioned the legal community to nominate young or new lawyers for the annual Public Service and Leadership Award. Among the factors weighed by the Committee were each nominee's: (1) leadership and service in the local community or within a bar association; (2) mentoring; (3)involvement in the WSBA, the American Bar Association, or local bar association activities; and (4) volunteer work with pro bono or public service programs.
Laura's nominator lauded her for extensive volunteer work with the Kitsap Legal Services in assisting low-income domestic violence survivors. The Committee was particularly impressed with the positive impact Baier has had on the recipients of her pro bono efforts, along with her extensive involvement in her local community-including sitting on the executive board of the Kitsap County Human Trafficking Task Force and contributing to various local bar associations. As one nominator explained, "Laura goes above and beyond every day...she actively engages all of us with her effervescent personality...and literally, inspires those around her to 'do more; for the communities and local bar." Congratulations Laura on this deserving award, our clients and community are lucky to have you!