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 Nov. 16, 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.

Nov. 16, 2017 Meeting Agenda


May 18, 2017
April 20, 2017
Feb. 16, 2017
Jan. 19, 2017
Dec. 15, 2016
Nov. 17, 2016
Oct. 20, 2016
Sept. 15, 2016
Aug. 18, 2016
July 21, 2016
June 16, 2016
May 19, 2016
April 21, 2016
March 17, 2016
Feb. 18, 2016
Jan. 21, 2016

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: Brian Tollefson

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