Licensed legal professionals in the state of Washington are required to continue their legal education throughout their careers in order to remain eligible to practice law. The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board plays a critical role in defining and determining compliance with the minimum education requirements. The Board meets five times a year to consider MCLE policy issues and review requests from legal professionals, including requests for waiver and extension of time to meet their minimum education requirements, and holds hearings on denied requests.
John Bender, Chair │ Todd Alberstone │ Andrew L. Benjamin │ Ayanna Colman │ Melissa Skelton │ Rebecca Stewart-LeVon │ Asia N. Wright
BOG Liaison: Alec Stephens
Staff Liaison: Adelaine Shay
Proposal to Amend APR 11
After receiving a request/suggestion from the WSBA Diversity Committee, the MCLE Board is considering an amendment to require that, of the six required ethics credits for legal professionals, one credit be required in each of these three topics: Inclusion and anti-bias, mental health and addiction, and technology security. The MCLE Board would appreciate some initial feedback from you. The preliminary amendment proposal and the background information is provided in the Report and Preliminary Recommendation of the Washington Supreme Court Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board Re: Proposed Amendment to APR 11.
Please provide your feedback by emailing the MCLE manager, Adelaine Shay at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 8,2019, or by attending the MCLE Board meeting on Aug. 16, 2019, where comments will be heard 10:05-10:25 a.m. at WSBA, 1325 Fourth Ave, Suite 600, Seattle, WA.
Please note: the original request/suggestion was created in partnership with and supported by the Washington Women Lawyers and eight MBAs—the Asian Bar Association of Washington, Cardozo Society of Washington State, Filipino Lawyers of Washington, Pierce County Minority Bar Association, Loren Miller Bar Association, Latina/Latino Bar Association of Washington, South Asian Bar Association of Washington, and QLaw.
Meeting Dates and Minutes
May 3, 2019
Aug. 16, 2019
Direct all correspondence, petitions, notices, and other written communications to:
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Ave., Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101-2539
Please submit all requests and notices to the MCLE Board in writing. Requests and petitions must be received two weeks prior to a board meeting in order to be placed on that meeting's agenda.
To request a MCLE Petition of Undue Hardship, please contact our MCLE Team at 206-733-5987, or email us at email@example.com.