Updated: Oct. 1, 2020

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

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.