Practice of Law Board

justice statue with sunrise backgroundCurrent Mission

  • Educate the public about how to receive competent legal assistance.
  • Promote expanded access to affordable and law-related services.
  • Expand public confidence in the administration of justice.
  • Consider new avenues for people who are not lawyers to provide legal and law-related legal services.
  • Issue advisory opinions.
  • Receive complaints alleging the unauthorized practice of law and refer them to appropriate authorities.

Gather Input about the Future of the Practice of Law Board

The Washington Supreme Court directed the Practice of Law Board to meet with interested people to discuss the future of the Practice of Law Board and report to the Court. If you are interested in more information, please contact the Board.


The Practice of Law Board will meet on June 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the WSBA offices. Agenda and meeting materials will be posted on this page. Meetings are open to the public.


Oct. 20
Sept. 15
Aug. 18
July 21
June 16
May 19
April 21
March 17
Feb. 18
Jan. 21

Resources for Legal Assistance

Mortgage Modifications for Washington Real Property

Loan Mortgage Modification Interpretive Statement
Washington Law Help
Attorney General Office – Foreclosure & Mortgage Assistance


American Bar Association – Notario Fraud

American Bar Association – Consumer Education

Stop Notario Fraud

Office of the Attorney General – Immigration Services

Office of the Attorney General – Crack Down on Illegal Immigration Assistance

Department of Justice – Recognition & Accreditation Program

Limited License Legal Professionals

Limited License Legal Technician Board

Limited Practice Board

Contact Us

Chair: Hon. Paul Bastine, ret.

Staff Liaison: Julie Shankland

Board of Governors Liaison: TBD

Supreme Court Order Reconstituting the Board

GR 24

Definition of the Practice of Law

GR 25

Rule Creating the Board

Appendix GR 25 Regulations

Practice of Law Board Regulations

Board Roster

Complaint Form

Advisory Opinions

Pre-July 2015 Action

by the Practice of Law Board