Emeritus Pro Bono Membership and Return to Active Membership
Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 8(e) provides for a limited license for lawyers who are not currently practicing law to practice on a volunteer basis for Qualified Legal Services Providers (QLSP). WSBA members who are Emeritus Pro Bono members cannot practice law outside of providing free legal services through their supervising QLSP.
Note: Emeritus Pro Bono Membership is not the equivalent of Honorary Membership, nor is it similar to the “retired” status that other jurisdictions may offer. Emeritus Pro Bono members continue to pay the same annual license fee as Inactive members. EligibilityHow To ApplyFrequently Asked QuestionsReturning to Active Membership
To qualify for Emeritus Pro Bono membership, you must have the following:
If you have a disciplinary sanction imposed on you within 15 years immediately preceding the filing of the application for Emeritus Pro Bono membership, the Board of Governors shall have the discretion to accept or reject the application.
The application process is different for WSBA members than it is for non-WSBA members.
You must notify the WSBA and coordinate the change to a new QLSP with our office. Do not engage in the practice of law until you receive approval and a new ID card for your new QLSP. Contact WSBA via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact WSBA at email@example.com. We will put you in touch with our Public Service Programs Manager, who can connect you with an organization that meets your needs.
Contact WSBA at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on whether your organization is eligible to be a QLSP.
Notify WSBA at email@example.com. Your license must be terminated immediately. If you are a WSBA member, we will transfer you to Inactive membership, and you can decide whether to return to Active or to pursue another option. If you are a non-member, your license is terminated. If you wish to otherwise practice law, you will need to apply under another appropriate limited license or for full admission.
In order for an Emeritus Pro Bono member to return to Active membership, you must be current on MCLE requirements, annual licensing fees, and all conditions set forth in the WSBA Bylaws and the Admission and Practice Rules (APR).
Submit a Request for Application to Active Membership form with the required non-refundable $100 investigation fee so that we may determine your eligibility and requirements to return to Active membership. A form is also available from the WSBA by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting Membership Changes at 206-239-2131.
Following receipt and processing of the required fee and request form, we will provide you with the necessary forms and individual requirements to return to Active membership. Because the requirements for each particular membership change are based on the facts of the individual member's situation and require investigation of that member's records, the WSBA cannot assess or discuss individual requirements prior to receiving the Request for Application to Active Membership form and the investigation fee.
All membership changes to Active require a review of the information for possible character and fitness issues, and it is possible that a character and fitness investigation and/or hearing could be required if warranted by the available information. Processing times for membership changes to Active vary greatly depending on each individual situation and time of year. Membership changes are not effective until confirmed in writing by the WSBA.
Membership changes are granted in accordance with the provisions of the WSBA Bylaws. Members should review Article III of the WSBA Bylaws as changes in the Bylaws can affect membership change requirements. Some key provisions to consider are:
Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.
Application form (WSBA members only)Application to Emeritus
Qualified Legal Services Provider List
A training certification form will be provided upon receipt of a qualifying application. Training consists of completing 6 hours of online and/or live training and orientation with your qualified legal services provider.
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