APR Task Force
The area of Bar admissions is constantly developing and changing. Because of this, Washington’s Admission to Practice Rules (APRs) need periodic reviews to determine whether they accurately reflect Washington’s current situation and approach to admission to the practice of law and to the issuance of limited licenses to practice law in Washington.
The APR Review Task Force shall:
The APR Task Force completed its work in July 2012. The APR Task Force reviewed and considered all member comments and reported back to the Board of Governors in September 2012. The Board of Governors unanimously approved the recommendations of the APR Task Force at its September 20, 2012 meeting. The WSBA forwarded the recommendations to the Washington Supreme Court for consideration. Among the amendments are:
It submits the following report and recommended amendments to the Admission to Practice Rules:
APR Task Force Report to the Board of Governors, September 2012
Recommended Amendments to the Admission to Practice Rules, September 2012
Recommended Amendments to RPC 5.5 re House Counsel, July 2012 (no changes in September)
Recommended Amendments to LPORPC 1.12A, July 2012 (no changes in September)
Proposed Admissions Flow Chart, July 2012; illustrates various paths to admission in Washington under the proposed amendments. No changes in September.
The Washington Supreme Court has published for comment the above suggested amendments with the exception of the suggested amendments to APR 5(e) Contents of Oath [of Attorney]. The Court will not be amending the oath of attorney. Comments to the Court will be accepted through April 30, 2013. Suggested amendments and information about submitting comments may be accessed on the Court's website.
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Robert HenryWashington State Bar Association1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600Seattle, WA 98101
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