Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force
At its Sept. 28, 2017, meeting, the Board of Governors approved the formation of a Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force and a Charter for the Task Force. The Task Force Roster is composed of WSBA members, industry professionals, and members of the public. The Task Force began convening in January 2018 and held its last meeting on Jan. 30, 2019.
The purpose of the Task Force was to collect input and examine current mandatory malpractice insurance systems. The Task Force used this information to determine whether to recommend mandatory malpractice insurance for all licensed legal professionals.
The Board of Governors extended the Task Force’s Charter to March 2019. The Task Force issued its Report to the Board of Governors in February 2019. The Task Force presented its Report and recommendations to the Board of Governors at the Board's March 7, 2019, meeting. Watch video of the presentation.
NEW! SPECIAL BOARD MEETING ON MANDATORY MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
All members and the public are invited to provide direct feedback to the WSBA Board of Governors about the Mandatory Malpractice Insurance Task Force Report, possible exemptions, or anything else during a special Board meeting from 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the WSBA Conference Center. Participant call in: 877-331-7677. No access code is needed. Callers will be greeted by an operator and placed into the conference call. Check the Board's webpage the day of the meeting to view a live webcast. Members and the public are also invited to submit supporting materials or more information to email@example.com.
Member Comments and Open Forum
The WSBA is still accepting comments at firstname.lastname@example.org; however, comments received after Jan. 30, 2019, will be considered directly by the Board of Governors rather than the Task Force given that the work of the Task Force is now concluded.
Review all comments received, including three different sets of comments and a webcast open forum:
Comments for the Board of Governors
Includes comments submitted directly to the Board of Governors after Jan. 30, 2019 (the date of the last Task Force meeting). [Updated on April 19, 2019]
Task Force Comments Received on or before Dec. 1, 2018
Includes comments distributed to the Task Force that were received by the Dec. 1, 2018, comment deadline. View a snapshot summary of those comments.
Comments Received after Dec. 1, 2018, and through Jan. 30, 2019
Includes comments distributed to the Task Force that were received after the Task Force comment deadline of Dec. 1, 2018, and through Jan. 3, 2019 (the date of the last Task Force meeting).
All members were invited to provide direct feedback to the Task Force about the interim report, possible exemptions, minimum coverage levels, or anything else during an open forum held on Oct. 16, 2018, at the WSBA Conference Center. A recording of the forum can be viewed online here.
“Why is mandatory malpractice insurance gaining ground,” ALPS in Brief Podcast, Chris Newbold and Douglas J. Ende, March 22, 2018.
“WSBA Board of Governors Explores Mandatory Malpractice Insurance,” by Kim Risenmay and Douglas J. Ende, NWLawyer, September 2017, page 26.
Comments and questions for the WSBA Board of Governors can be directed to email@example.com.
WSBA Staff Liaison: Douglas J. Ende