Professional Responsibility Program
The Professional Responsibility Program is dedicated to helping WSBA members fulfill their ethical obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct. The program is staffed by the WSBA Professional Responsibility Counsel who answers inquiries from members received on the Ethics Line, speaks at CLE presentations, and staffs the Committee on Professional Ethics which issues advisory opinions and makes recommendations on amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct.
The program is also assisted by two staff attorneys, two paralegals, and support staff. The Ethics Line does not handle lawyer discipline, attorney-client disputes, or provide guidance on rules other than the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Ethics FAQs (answers to frequently asked ethical questions)
Recent Advisory Opinions
Advisory Opinion 201701 concerns the disclosure of confidential client information in a motion to withdraw before Washington's Superior Court.
Advisory Opinion 201601 addresses the ethical considerations of a Virtual Law Office.
More advisory opinions can be found on the Advisory Opinions database. Another source of ethics information are the ethics articles featured in the NW Lawyer bar publication and in NW Sidebar, the WSBA's blog.
Recent Amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
On June 2, 2016, the Supreme Court adopted several amendments to the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct, effective Sept. 1, 2016, in response to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 revisions to the Model Rules. See Order 25700-A-1146.