Limited Practice Officers
LPO Rules and Regulations
Some changes to the rules and regulations have been enacted, effective on various dates in 2016.
Summary of 2016 Changes
APR 12 Appendix/Regulations
LPO Continuing Education Regulations
LPO Rules of Professional Conduct
Rules for Enforcement of LPO Conduct
Disciplinary Regulations Applicable to ELPOC Title 15
Proposed changes to the Admission and Practice Rules are published for comment on the Washington Supreme Court website:
December 2016 - Proposed Rules Published for Comment
LPO practice and licensing is regulated under APR 12 and accompanying regulations. The APRs cover similar topics concerning exams, admissions, and license renewal for LPOs, lawyers, and Limited License Legal Technicians (LLLT). Currently, the rules include differing schedules and procedures for each license type, complicating administration. The proposed changes seek to streamline WSBA’s administration of these processes by combining them where possible.
The comment period is open until April 30, 2017. Any changes adopted by the Court would be effective no earlier than September 2017.
WSBA Bylaws amendments were approved by the Board of Governors September 2016.
Review a summary of bylaws amendments.
The changes define LPOs as "members" of the WSBA along with lawyers and LLLTs, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Some changes will be rolled out through 2017, others may require approval of the APRs by the court. We will send additional information as changes take effect.
© 2017 Washington State Bar Association, all rights reserved.