Limited License Legal Technician Board
The Limited License Legal Technician (LLLT) Board derives its authority from the Washington State Supreme Court under Rule 28 of the Admission and Practice Rules (APR) adopted and effective Sept. 1, 2012. APR 28 authorizes a new level of licensed legal professionals who meet certain educational requirements to advise and assist clients on specific areas of law.
With the rule, the Supreme Court established the LLLT Board to administer the Legal Technician Program. In December 2012, the Supreme Court appointed the first LLLT Board, which includes several non-attorneys and a legal educator. The Board's charter for the first year was to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the Legal Technician Program. This includes regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
The Board began its work in January 2013. As one of its first actions, the Board recommended family law to become the first practice area for Legal Technicians to be licensed for practice. The Supreme Court unanimously approved the Board's recommendation in March 2013.
On Jan. 8, 2015, the Supreme Court adopted the Limited License Legal Technician Rules of Professional Conduct. The primary purpose of the rules is to establish the ethical conduct rules for practicing legal technicians. The rules are effective Feb. 3, 2015.
The LLLT Board recently suggested amendments to APR 28, the rule that governs the LLLT license:
APR 28 C, D, and Regulation 3
APR 28 F and Regulation 2A
Comments are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court by either U.S. mail email no later than 45 days after the first date of publication. The comment period on these rules ends May 13, 2016. Please send comments to: The Clerk of the Supreme Court, P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, Washington 98504-0929, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments submitted by email must be limited to 1,500 words.
The LLLT Board generally meets the third Thursday of each month 1:30–4:30 p.m. at the Washington State Bar Association office. See complete sets of meeting materials, including approved meeting minutes.
*Any discrepancy or conflict between the information provided here and the rules and regulations set by the Washington State Supreme Court, or the bylaws and policies of the Washington State Bar Association, is unintentional and will be resolved in favor of strict compliance with the rules, regulations, bylaws and policies.
A new class of legal professionals for better access to judicial system
Approved meeting minutes and complete sets of materials from past meetings.
For information send email to LLLT@wsba.org
LLLT Board Chair
Stephen R. Crossland
Board of Governors Liaison
WSBA Staff Liaison
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