The Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board derives its authority from the Washington Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Washington Supreme Court Admission and Practice Rules (APR) adopted and effective Sept. 1, 2012, and as amended since that date. APR 28 authorizes a new level of licensed legal professionals who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law.
With APR 28, the Washington Supreme Court established the Board to oversee the Legal Technician Program. In December 2012, the Washington Supreme Court appointed the first LLLT Board, which includes lawyers and members of the public. The Board's charter for the first year was to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the Legal Technician Program. This included regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
The Board began its work in January 2013. As one of its first actions, the Board recommended family law to become the first practice area for Legal Technicians to be licensed for practice. The Washington Supreme Court unanimously approved the LLLT Board's recommendation in March 2013. On Jan. 8, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician Rules of Professional Conduct. The primary purpose of the rules is to establish the ethical conduct rules for practicing legal technicians. The rules became effective Feb. 3, 2015.
New Practice Area Under Consideration
The LLLT Board is studying a new proposed practice area for legal technicians. Known as Consumer Money and Debt Law, this proposed practice area is designed to provide the public with economic protection and legal assistance on certain financial matters and consumer debt issues.
Please email your comments about this proposed practice area to the LLLT Board at LLLT@wsba.org.
Rules and Regulations Update
The Washington Supreme Court has entered an Order adopting amendments to the Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 28 enhancing the scope of the Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) domestic relations practice area. The Supreme Court also adopted conforming amendments to the LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) and the lawyer RPC. Amendments will become effective upon publication. The LLLT Board will develop mandatory supplemental education due to the changes in the permitted scope of practice for LLLTs.
The LLLT Board generally meets 1–4 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Washington State Bar Association office. Please see the Events Calendar for the complete meeting schedule. See complete sets of meeting materials, including approved meeting minutes.
Beginning October 2017, meeting materials are linked to the meeting event item in the WSBA Event Calendar. This static list will not be updated.
*No meeting in April 2017
*No meeting in April
*No meeting in June
*No meeting in July
*No meeting in April
For more information, send inquiries to LLLT@wsba.org or contact us at 206-727-8289.