If your organization is a federal, state, local, or military agency or organization — or an organization primarily funded by one or more of the preceding (but excluding colleges, universities, law schools, and graduate schools) — then your organization is considered a government agency. (Regulation 101(j))
Generally, yes. You must pay a $35 late fee, in addition to the standard application fee, when submitting your Form 1. Accreditation will then usually be determined in the normal manner.
No. Any private law firm, in-house legal department, or government agency (jointly called "private legal sponsors") that contracts with an outside provider is the true sponsor of the course and must register as such, even if the course is open to outside attorneys. The private legal sponsor bears responsibility for applying for course accreditation and reporting attendance. (Regulation 104(a)(2)(A) and Regulation 104(a)(3)(A))
Example: The law firm of Smith & Brown brings in an outside CLE provider, Justice Tutors (JT), to present a series of seminars. Some of the seminars are open to outside attorneys and some are closed. The attorneys are taught by JT staff and are given JT materials. However, the law firm of Smith & Brown is considered the course sponsor.
We understand that, traditionally, attorneys speak of "in-house" activities as being closed to attorneys not employed by the sponsoring law firm, in-house legal department, or government agencies (jointly called "private legal sponsors"). Under the MCLE regulations , however, the "open" or "closed" nature of the activity is immaterial. All activities sponsored by private legal sponsors are subject to the provisions of the MCLE regulations, including course accreditation application deadlines, attendance report submission requirements, and lawyer credit limitations (for the 2005-2007 and 2006-2008 reporting periods).
Course evaluation forms can be modeled after the WSBA Model Course Evaluation, or you may download and use this form as it is.
The completed forms, or a compilation of all numerical ratings and all comments, must be retained by the sponsor for two years and copies must be provided to the MCLE Board upon request. All course evaluation submissions should be identified by the course Activity ID number. (Regulation102(e))
Yes. A lawyer who is associated with or employed by a private law firm or corporate legal department that maintains an office within Washington State may not apply to receive credit for a continuing legal education course sponsored by that private law firm or corporate legal department for which the sponsor did not submit a completed Form 1. The private law firm or corporate legal department sponsor is required to submit the Form 1 in order for the WSBA-member course attendees to be able to get credit. (APR 11 Regulation 104(b)(2)).
For more information, contact the WSBA Service Center at 206-443-9722, 800-945-9722, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors can login to seek approval and report attendance.
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