ELC Drafting Task Force

The Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct (ELC) govern the procedure by which a lawyer may be subjected to disciplinary sanctions or actions for violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC). The ELC were adopted by the Washington Supreme Court in 2002. After more than five years of experience with the ELC, the Board of Governors (BOG) believed it was appropriate to analyze the impact and effectiveness of the rules in light of the purposes of lawyer discipline, and to determine whether modifications and improvements were warranted. The ELC Drafting Task Force was appointed by the BOG to undertake this review.  See the Task Force Roster for a list of members and their contact information.

Formed in 2008, the ELC Drafting Task Force has gathered input from a variety of sources and undertaken a thorough review of the ELC. The Task Force sought input from various stakeholders in the lawyer discipline system, including members of the public. The Task Force's review has also been informed by the recommendations of the BOG Discipline Committee, which addressed the recommendations of the August 2006 Report on Washington State's Lawyer Regulation System sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (ABA Report). Three subcommittees of the ELC Drafting Task Force have worked on different sections of the ELC. 


The Task Force began meetings in November 2008.  See complete sets of meeting materials and approved meeting minutes.


See the Task Force Chair's reports, along with minority reports.   


See the Task Force's latest redlines of suggested amendments to the ELC and accompanying amendments to RPC 5.8.

Submission of Suggested Rules to Supreme Court

On October 15, 2012, the Task Force's suggested rule changes, as approved by the BOG, were submitted to the Supreme Court under General Rule (GR) 9.  See the GR 9 Cover Sheet, the redline of suggested amendments to the ELC, the redline of suggested amendments to RPC 5.8, and the Reporter's Explanatory Comments.

Contact Information

Geoff Gibbs
Anderson Hunter Law Firm PS
2707 Colby Ave., Ste. 1001
PO Box 5397
Everett, WA 98206-5397

WSBA Staff Liaison/Reporter
Scott Busby
1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539

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Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct (ELC)

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ELC Task Force Charter and Rosters

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ABA Discipline Report

August 2006 Report on the Washington State Lawyer Regulation System

BOG Discipline Committee Report

September 2008 Report

ELC Task Force Materials

Meeting materials from past meetings

ELC Task Force Minutes

Approved minutes from past meetings

ELC Task Force Reports

Chair's reports to the BOG and minority reports