Updated: May 21, 2024

Practice of Law Board

Board Responsibilities

The Practice of Law Board is a Washington Supreme Court-created board governed by General Rule 25. The Board's responsibilities include:

  • EDUCATE. Educate the public about how to receive competent legal assistance. See Education page for more information.
  • INNOVATE. Consider and recommend to the Supreme Court new avenues for persons not currently authorized to practice law to provide legal and law-related services that might otherwise constitute the practice of law as defined in GR 24. See Innovation page for more information. 
  • COORDINATE. Receive complaints alleging the unauthorized practice of law in Washington by any person or entity. The Board will review and may refer complaints that allege harm to the public interest to appropriate enforcement agencies. More information on how to report UPL below. 

Announcements

The Board recently made presentations to the Washington Senate Law and Justice Committee, and the Interbranch Advisory Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law on the Board’s recommendations to the Washington Supreme Court on data-driven legal regulatory reform.

The Board has launched a tool called the Legal Checkup, to help a person determine if they have a legal issue and guide them to resources. View this tool here on the Board's Education page.

Current Plans

The Board is working to address diversity and inclusion, outlined in a letter to the Washington Supreme Court.

Meetings

The Board meets monthly via video conference 1–3 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas and meeting materials will be posted on this page. Zoom call-in information is listed on each meeting's agenda.

Meetings with the Supreme Court

The Board met with the Court on Jan. 4, 2023. 

FY 2024 Meeting Schedule

Next meeting: May 15, 2024

Agenda

Meeting MaterialsAgenda

 

Meeting Minutes

April 17, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

Jan. 17, 2024

Sept. 27, 2023

Aug. 16, 2023

July 19, 2023

June 21, 2023

June 9, 2023

May 17, 2023

April 19, 2023

Feb. 15, 2023

Jan. 18, 2023

Dec. 21, 2022

Nov. 16, 2022

Oct. 19, 2022

FY 2021 Annual Report | FY 2022 Annual Report

 


Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaints

The Practice of Law Board is authorized by the Washington Supreme Court to receive and review complaints that allege the unauthorized practice of law in Washington. The Board may refer complaints that allege harm to the public to appropriate enforcement agencies. The practice of law is defined in GR 24RCW 2.48.180 makes the unlawful practice of law a crime in Washington. 

Please note: The Board does not have the authority to investigate complaints or determine whether a particular action is the authorized practice of law, and does not offer any enforcement or protective services. If you are concerned with threatening behavior or are in immediate danger, please contact your local police department. Most information submitted to WSBA or the Board is subject to WSBA's public records policy and subject to disclosure. Please redact sensitive information prior to submission.

Complaint Form

GR 24

GR 25

RCW 2.48.180

Unauthorized Practice of Law Resources

LegalZoom Assurance of Discontinuance

Stop Notario Fraud

Office of the Attorney General – Immigration Services

Office of the Attorney General – Crack Down on Illegal Immigration Assistance


Contact Us

Chair: Lesli Ashley
Staff Liaisons: Thea Jennings and Emily Crane
Board of Governors Liaisons: Jordan Couch, Governor At-Large