Judicial Membership and Return to Active Membership
Active members may request Judicial membership by submitting an Application for Change of Membership to Judicial to the WSBA to the attention of Membership Changes. You qualify for Judicial membership if you are one of the types of judicial officers listed in the WSBA Bylaws Art. III sec. A.3.:
(a) Current federal judges created under Article I of the United States Constitution, excluding Bankruptcy court judges, or created by the Code of Federal Regulations, who by virtue of their position are prohibited by the United States Code and/or the Code of Federal Regulations from practicing law; or,(b) Full-time Washington State administrative law judges in positions created by either the Revised Code of Washington or the Washington Administrative Code; or,
(a) Current federal judges created under Article I of the United States Constitution, excluding Bankruptcy court judges, or created by the Code of Federal Regulations, who by virtue of their position are prohibited by the United States Code and/or the Code of Federal Regulations from practicing law; or,
(b) Full-time Washington State administrative law judges in positions created by either the Revised Code of Washington or the Washington Administrative Code; or,
Judicial members who wish to preserve eligibility to transfer to another membership class upon leaving service as a judicial officer are required to provide annual registry information and pay a $50 annual license fee.
Judicial members who are administrative law judges must report MCLE credits in the same manner as Active members.
Beginning with the 2012 licensing year, Judicial members who do not pay the annual license fee or annually report registry information and later need or want to change to another membership class will be required to pay the active license fee for each year not in compliance from 2012 forward before changing to another membership class.
Judicial members who are no longer eligible for judicial membership and who take no action to change to another membership class will be transferred to Inactive membership. They will then need to comply with inactive membership requirements and failure to do so will result in suspension of their membership.
In order for a Judicial member to return to Active membership, you must be current on any CJE requirements, annual licensing fees, and all conditions set forth in the WSBA Bylaws and the Admission to 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. The WSBA Bylaws may be found on the WSBA website. Some key provisions to consider are:
Any Judicial member who did not pay the annual judicial license fee or provide annual registry information (beginning with the 2012 licensing year) must pay the Active license fee for each year not in compliance.
Bylaws Art. III: WSBA Membership section
APR 20–24: Character and Fitness
APR 20–24: Character and Fitness
ELC 14: Duties on Suspension
GR 24: Definition of the Practice of Law
BOG Licensing and Resinstatement Fees Policy, July 2010
All questions and inquiries about membership changes may be directed to email@example.com or 206-239-2131.
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