Return to Active or Inactive Membership from Suspension
To reinstate to active membership, a member must be current on MCLE requirements, annual licensing fees, and all conditions set forth in the WSBA Bylaws and the Admission to Practice Rules. In addition, the member must resolve the suspension and meet any other terms of the suspension order.
To begin the return-to-active process, please submit either a request online or fill out and email back the Request for Application to Active form, so the Bar may determine your eligibility and requirements to return to active membership. A form is also available from the Bar by sending an email to email@example.com 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. If warranted, a character and fitness investigation and/or hearing might be required.
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.
Reinstatement from suspension is granted in accordance with the provisions of the WSBA Bylaws. Members should review Article III of the Bylaws as changes can affect membership change requirements. Some key provisions to consider are:
A suspended member may apply for inactive membership by completing and filing the Application for Change of Membership Status from Suspended to Inactive. To be reinstated to inactive membership, a member must be current on annual licensing fees and all conditions set forth in the WSBA Bylaws and the APR. In addition, the member must resolve their suspension and meet any other terms of the suspension order.
For the amount of license fees due, contact Membership Changes at (206) 239-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Processing times for reinstatement from suspension to inactive vary greatly depending on each individual situation. Expect two-to-four weeks on average.
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.
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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