Voluntary resignation may apply in any situation in which a member does not want to continue practicing law in Washington for any reason (including retirement from practice) and for that reason does not want to continue membership in the WSBA. There is, however, no requirement to resign when one is not practicing law.
Members may request to resign their membership by completing and filing the Voluntary Resignation of Membership Form.
If there is a disciplinary investigation or proceeding then pending against the member, or if the member has knowledge that the filing of a grievance of substance against such member is imminent, resignation is permitted only under the provisions of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct.
Applications to resign are generally confirmed within one week of receipt of the application, provided the member is eligible and everything is in order. See WSBA Bylaws Art. III.
During annual licensing renewal, as part of the licensing process, members may voluntarily resign online at www.myWSBA.org. Online resignations will be effective immediately upon submission.
Once resigned, a member may not practice law and must reapply for membership. Members seeking readmission after resignation must comply with the WSBA Bylaws.
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