Committee on Professional Ethics
The Committee on Professional Ethics (CPE) issues advisory opinions to address recurring or emerging ethics issues faced by WSBA members. The advisory opinions cover a broader context and provide members with in-depth guidance on the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) as applied to a wide variety of practice areas. The CPE also plays a key role in the review and suggestion of potential amendments to the RPCs.
The WSBA Board of Governors authorized the creation of the CPE in May 2013 to succeed the former Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) Committee.
The Washington Supreme Court recently posted for public comment proposed RPC 1.2, Comment  regarding conduct permissible under I-502. The comment period expires 60 days from the publication date of July 8, 2014. All comments should be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to a request by the Washington Supreme Court and the WSBA Board of Governors, the Committee on Professional Ethics issued a report and recommendations concerning the ethics of legal practice under Initiative 502 which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington State. The CPE report and recommendations were approved by the Board at its January 2014 meeting and are currently under review before the Supreme Court Rules Committee.
CPE Report and Recommendations
All meetings are held at the WSBA offices in Seattle.
June 13, 2014
April 11, 2014
February 21, 2014
December 13, 2013
October 18, 2013
WSBA Staff Liaison
Jeanne Marie Clavere
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