Updated: Jan. 2, 2024

Character and Fitness Board

The Character and Fitness Board (APR 20) deals with matters of character and fitness bearing upon qualifications of applicants for admission to practice law in the state of Washington or the rehabilitation of petitioners for reinstatement after disbarment. Upon referral from Bar counsel, it conducts hearings, prepares written findings, and makes recommendations to the Washington Supreme Court. The Board meets as frequently as necessary, generally meeting one day a month at the WSBA offices for hearings.

By Washington Supreme Court rules, hearings are confidential and not open to the public, except hearings regarding the character and fitness of petitioners for reinstatement after disbarment.

Chair: Adam Yanasak

Staff Liaison: Lisa Amatangel 

Board of Governors Liaison: Mary Rathbone, Governor District 4