Updated: Oct. 7, 2021

Practice of Law Board

Current Work NEW

On July 1, 2021, the Practice of Law Board Chair Michael Cherry presented the Washington State Supreme Court with a Blueprint for a Legal Regulatory Sandbox. The meeting can be viewed on TVW. Read NWSidebar's blog post.

Chair Michael Cherry presented the Practice of Law Board's work report to the WSBA Board of Governors at their May 20, 2021 meeting. The meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Current Plans NEW 

The Board has been working for several years to create a tool called the Legal Checkup, to help a person determine if they have a legal issue and guide them to resources. 

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

The Board is working to propose a Legal Regulatory Laboratory (formerly known as "Sandbox"). The Laboratory proposes following the Utah Supreme Court's Legal Regulatory sandbox model. 

Board Responsibilities

  • Educate the public about how to receive competent legal assistance
  • 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
  • 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.

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

LegalZoom Assurance of Discontinuance

Meetings

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

The Board met with the Washington State Supreme Court on Feb. 4, 2021 and July 1, 2021. Archived videos of the meetings are available on TVW.

Meeting Schedule

October 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda

2020–2021 Minutes

Oct. 15, 2020

Nov. 19, 2020

Dec. 17, 2020

Jan. 21, 2021

Feb. 18, 2021

 

March 4, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 27, 2021

July 22, 2021

Aug. 19, 2021


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: Michael Cherry
Staff Liaisons: Thea Jennings and Kyla Jones
Board of Governors Liaison: Sunitha Anjilvel