Updated: Sept. 22, 2021

Character and Fitness Board

The Character and Fitness Board (APR 20) deals with matters of character and fitness bearing upon qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in the state of Washington or the rehabilitation of petitioners for reinstatement after disbarment. Upon referral from Bar counsel, it conducts hearings, prepares written findings, and makes recommendations to the Washington Supreme Court. The Board meets as frequently as necessary, generally meeting one day a month at the WSBA offices for hearings.

By Washington Supreme Court rules, hearings are confidential and not open to the public, except hearings regarding the character and fitness of petitioners for reinstatement after disbarment.

Chair: Knowrasa T. Patrick

Staff Liaison: Renata Garcia

Board of Governors LiaisonBryn Peterson

Notice of Hearing on Petition for Reinstatement of PAUL EUGENE  SIMMERLY 

A petition for reinstatement after disbarment has been filed by Paul Eugene Simmerly (WSBA No. 10719) who was admitted in 1980 and disbarred in 2012. A hearing on Simmerly’s petition will be conducted before the Character and Fitness Board on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, by remote video teleconference only. Except by the Character and Fitness Board’s leave, no person other than the petitioner shall be heard orally by the Board. 

Public access will be available by phone only starting at 8:30 a.m. Below are the details: 

Remote Participant Information:

Zoom Conference Call Lines:

LOCAL OPTION: (253) 215-8782 || TOLL-FREE OPTION: (888) 788-0099 
Meeting ID: 837 6255 3983 || Password: 724447


If you experience technical difficulties, please contact WSBA Service Center at  Toll-free: 800-945-9722   Local: 206-443-9722.

Questions about accessibility or require accommodation please contact admissions@wsba.org

There are no recordings to be made of this hearing other than the recording being made by the official court reporter.

Any communications to the Character and Fitness Board should be sent to Renata Garcia, Counsel to the Character and Fitness Board, Washington State Bar Association, 1325 Fourth Ave., Suite. 600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539, or to renatag@wsba.org.

This notice is published pursuant to APR 25.4(a)