LPO Rules and Regulations

Some changes to the rules and regulations have been enacted, effective on various dates in 2016.

Summary of 2016 Changes

Current Rules and Regulations

APR 12

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

Notice: Board to Consider Proposed Amendments at Sept. 30 Meeting

Please be aware of the upcoming WSBA Board of Governor’s meeting, which you may attend in-person or via webcast on Sept. 29 & 30. On Friday, Sept. 30, beginning at approximately 9 a.m., the Board is scheduled to make a decision on whether to approve proposed changes to the and WSBA Bylaws and/or recommend proposed changes to the Admission and Practice Rules (APRs). Changes could impact LPOs, lawyers, and others licensed to practice law by the Washington Supreme Court. 

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. If the Board chooses to adopt the changes to the APRs, the proposed changes will then go to the Washington Supreme Court. Any changes adopted by the Court would be effective no earlier September 2017.

The proposed changes to the WSBA Bylaws focus on membership and governance of the Washington State Bar Association, including expanding the definition of Bar “member” to include LPOs and LLLTs as well as lawyers and to include an LPO or LLLT on the Board of Governors. There is also a recommendation to change the name of the WSBA to Washington State Bar. If adopted by the Board in September, the Bylaws could go into effect as early as Oct. 1, 2016.

You may submit comments regarding the proposals in advance of the meeting via email to taliac@wsba.org. All comments received before the meeting will be forwarded to the Board of Governors.

View more information and meeting materials for the Sept. 29-20 Board of Governors meeting.