Limited Practice Board

The Limited Practice Board oversees administration of, and compliance with, the Limited Practice Rule (APR 12) authorizing certain lay persons to select, prepare, and complete legal documents pertaining to the closing of real-estate and personal property transactions. The Board is responsible for the certification and regulation of limited practice officers (LPOs). See also Resources for LPOs.

Board Members

Kevin Plachy, Chair (WSBA Member)

WSBA Representatives: Lana M. FloydDavid J. Grant, Jay A. Goldstein

At-large Representative: Mike Melville

Real Estate Representative: John M. Deely

Lending Representative: Robert W. Golden

Escrow Representative: Dee McComb

Title Representative: Kim V. Miller

Notice: Opportunity to apply to serve a four-year term on the Limited Practice Board beginning January 1, 2015. Of the 9 positions on the Board, 4 must be WSBA lawyer representatives, 4 must be industry representatives, and one is "at-large" with no specific requirements. This opportunity is for the at-large position therefore it is open to LPOs or non-LPOs in any related industry (escrow, lending, title, real estate).

The deadline for nonlawyers to apply is March 21, 2014 (lawyer deadline March 7).  

The Limited Practice Board meets 4 to 6 times per year for half-day meetings at the WSBA office in Seattle. See APR 12 for the duties of the Limited Practice Board. The Board members work together as a group and in Committees. The time commitment outside of the meeting times depends on the issues and projects before the Board.

If interested, please submit your application to or mail to:

Washington State Bar Association
Communications Department
1325 Fourth Ave., Ste. 600
Seattle, WA 98101

Note there are several other WSBA and Supreme Court Boards recruiting nonlawyer volunteers. You are encouraged to apply for any that interest you.




Contact Us

WSBA Staff Liaison: Talia Clever 

BOG Liasion: Vernon Harkins