Public Member Positions on Law-Related Boards

The following boards, which are housed at the WSBA, have specific positions designated for members of the public, who are not WSBA members. Board service provides an excellent opportunity to get an insider’s view of how the practice of law is regulated in Washington state. Applicants from outside the legal community are especially welcome; former or nonpracticing attorneys are asked not to apply. 

Applications for positions starting in fall 2017 will be accepted in January 2017. Please check back then for information on how to apply.

  • Access to Justice Board: Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the ATJ Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers.
  • Character and Fitness Board: This board deals with matters of character and fitness related to the practice of law in Washington. It conducts hearings on the admission of applicants, considers petitions for reinstatement after disbarment, and makes recommendations to the WSBA and Supreme Court. Hearings generally are held every month. 
  • Council on Public Defense: The Council on Public Defense addresses concerns about the quality of indigent defense services in Washington State. 
  • Disciplinary Board: The Disciplinary Board reviews recommendations for suspension or disbarment of attorneys. The full board meets three to six times a year, and each member serves on a review committee. Considerable reading and meeting preparation are required. 
  • Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Board: This board reviews claims for reimbursement of financial loss sustained by reason of an attorney's dishonest actions or failure to account for client funds.
  • Limited License Legal Technician Board: The Limited License Legal Technician Board authorizes non-attorneys who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law. 
  • Limited Practice Board: This board oversees administration of and compliance with the Limited Practice Rule, which authorizes certain lay persons to handle legal documents pertaining to real estate and other property transactions.
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board: The MCLE Board oversees the administration of and compliance with rules established by the state Supreme Court regarding continuing education for attorneys. 
  • Practice of Law Board: This board educates the public about how to receive competent legal assistance and considers new ways for non-lawyers to provide legal and law-related services. 


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