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 effective September 1, 2012. APR 28 authorizes non-attorneys 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 program. In late 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 is to begin creating and drafting the operational details for the LLLT program. This includes regulations for professional conduct, exam procedures, continuing education requirements, and disciplinary procedures.
The LLLT Board began its work in January 2013. As one of its first actions, the Board recommended family law as the first practice area in which to license LLLTs, which the Supreme Court unanimously approved in March 2013.
In early 2015, the LLLT Board is expected to begin accepting applications for the licensing exam in March 2015 and begin licensing of LLLTs in Spring 2015.
On August 18, 2014, the LLLT Board submitted to the Supreme Court suggested amendments to APR 28. See the GR 9 cover sheet and suggested amendments to APR 28. The purpose of the suggested amendments is to provide for the efficient administration of the program and to clarify one issue related to the LLLT's scope of practice. The Court has published the proposed rules for a 60-day comment period ending December 1, 2014. Comment now.
On August 18, 2014 the LLLT Board submitted to the Supreme Court suggested LLLT Rules of Professional Conduct (LLLT RPC). See the GR 9 cover sheet and the suggested LLLT RPC. The primary purpose of the LLLT RPC is to establish the ethical conduct rules for practicing LLLTs. The Court has published the proposed rules for a 60-day comment period ending December 1, 2014. Comment now.
The LLLT Board will meet on on October 16, 2014, from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and on November 20, 2014, from 2-5 p.m. at the Washington State Bar Association office. See the meeting materials for the September 11, 2014, meeting. See complete sets of meeting materials, including approved meeting minutes.
Stephen R. Crossland
Board of Governors Liaison
WSBA Staff Liaison
*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.
APR 28 limited license for nonlawyers
The Supreme Court's order approving the limited license legal technician rule
Approved meeting minutes and complete sets of materials from past meetings.
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