Committee on Professional Ethics

The Committee on Professional Ethics (CPE) issues advisory opinions to address recurring or emerging ethics issues faced by WSBA members. The advisory opinions cover a broader context and provide members with in-depth guidance on the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) as applied to a wide variety of practice areas. The CPE also plays a key role in the review and suggestion of potential amendments to the RPCs.

The WSBA Board of Governors authorized the creation of the CPE in May 2013 to succeed the former Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Committee.

Initiative 502

June 2014

The Washington Supreme Court recently posted for public comment proposed RPC 1.2, Comment [18] regarding conduct permissible under I-502. The comment period expires 60 days from the publication date of July 8, 2014. All comments should be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or

January 2014

In response to a request by the Washington Supreme Court and the WSBA Board of Governors, the Committee on Professional Ethics issued a report and recommendations concerning the ethics of legal practice under Initiative 502 which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington State. The CPE report and recommendations were approved by the Board at its January 2014 meeting and are currently under review before the Supreme Court Rules Committee.

CPE Report and Recommendations 

GR 9 Cover Sheet

Committee Meetings

All meetings are held at the WSBA offices in Seattle from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

  • Oct. 10, 2014
  • Dec. 19, 2014
  • Feb. 27, 2015
  • April 17, 2015
  • June 26, 2015
  • August 28, 2014


August 22, 2014

June 13, 2014

April 11, 2014

February 21, 2014

December 13, 2013

October 18, 2013

Contact us 

Committee Chair

Mark Fucile

WSBA Staff Liaison

Jeanne Marie Clavere

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