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.

Initiative 502

Washington Supreme Court Adopts New Comment to RPC 1.2

On November 5, 2014, the Washington Supreme Court meeting en banc adopted new Comment [18] to RPC 1.2, effective December 9, 2014. Under the subheading, Special Circumstances Presented by Washington Initiative 502, the comment addresses the ethical conduct of lawyers who wish to counsel and assist clients involved in marijuana-related business enterprises under a state law passed by voters in 2012 which legalized marijuana.

Prior to adoption of the comment, the Court published the suggested amendment for a 60 day public comment period which ended September 6, 2014. 

Committee Meetings

All meetings are held at the WSBA offices in Seattle from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

  • Oct. 10, 2014
  • Dec. 19, 2014
  • Feb. 27, 2015
  • April 17, 2015
  • June 26, 2015
  • Aug. 28, 2014


Aug. 22, 2014

June 13, 2014

April 11, 2014

Feb. 21, 2014

Dec. 13, 2013

Oct. 18, 2013

Contact us 

Committee Chair

Mark Fucile

WSBA Staff Liaison

Jeanne Marie Clavere

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