Brian J. Kelly
is a WSBA
a lawyer and a
Kelly is a principal in the Cheha-
lis law firm Hillier Scheibmeir Vey
& Kelly P.S., where his practice
focuses on business, tax, real
property, probate, and municipal
law, with an emphasis on business
succession and estate planning.
He can be reached at bkelly@
How $1 of License Fee Revenue Supports WSBA Programs and Operations in FY20141
DISCIPLINE & DISABILITY SYSTEMS: Includes costs to handle consumer inquiries and written grievances through disposition (
including disciplinary counsel, hearing officer, and disciplinary board costs) and to administer the WSBA audit program. Last year,
the WSBA handled 8,503 Consumer Affairs inquiries; reviewed 2,228 written grievances; dismissed 1,839 grievances; concluded
disciplinary proceedings with 94 actions imposed ( 32 disbarments, 30 suspensions, 26 reprimands, and 6 admonitions); concluded 10 disability matters with transfers to disability inactive status; and diverted from discipline 30 less serious grievances. The
WSBA Audit Program reviewed 131 trust account overdraft notices and conducted in-depth audits of 16 trust account overdraft
files. In addition, WSBA disciplinary counsel and auditors spoke at 36 programs around the state, educating 2,500+ members, law
students, and legal professionals about legal ethics, trust account compliance, and the lawyer discipline system.
LICENSING SERVICES: This category includes costs to process forms, license and respond to inquiries for nearly 36,000 members,
and to maintain and respond to questions about members and their public membership information. Admission expenses are
intended to be self-supporting; however, a fraction of the costs in this category supported expenses associated with the WSBA’s
transition to the Uniform Bar Exam.
GENERAL COUNSEL: Services include legal representation to the WSBA, Board of Governors, and other boards, task forces, and
committees; records request and litigation management; oversight, interpretation, and analysis of WSBA Bylaws and other legal
issues; and investigation of unauthorized practice of law complaints.
OTHER LEGAL PROFESSIONALS: This category includes development costs for the Supreme Court mandated Limited License
Legal Technician (LLLT) program. Once implemented, the LLLT program is intended to be self-supporting; revenues generated
will be credited back to cover these development costs.
MEMBER BENEFITS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Includes costs for Ethics Line (around 3,000 calls per year), Ethics School,
Law Office Management Assistance Program, Lawyers Assistance Program; as well as WSBA-sponsored benefits, including
free legal research (accessed by 22,000+ members last year) and our new member assistance program through Wellspring. This category also supports new
and young lawyer education, training and leadership, and staff support to nearly
900 WSBA volunteers.
PUBLIC SERVICE & DIVERSITY: Supports the Access to Justice Board and WSBA’s
public service programs, including the Moderate Means Program, and other pro
and low bono initiatives that served 4,600+ members of the public last year. Additionally includes WSBA’s efforts to advance diversity and equality in the legal
profession, as guided by the 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Plan. These activities
are supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Bar Foundation.
COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH: Includes member support through the Service
Center ( 63,000+ contacts last year); dedicated staff outreach to local, county,
and specialty bars; member communications through WSBA’s NWLawyer magazine; WSBA’s blog, NWSidebar; WSBA’s website, wsba.org ( 1. 68+ million visits in
FY13); and the WSBA Career Center (185,000+ visits to job postings in FY13).
Also includes legislative support provided to WSBA leadership and sections.
MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS: WSBA Board of Governors, leadership, management, and internal support.
1 This chart reflects WSBA activities supported in any way by member license fees. It does not include income-generating services or
programs that cover — or more than cover — their own costs (i.e., Mandatory CLE services, the Limited Practice Officer program, etc.).
Licensing Services —$0.08
General Counsel —$0.06
Other Legal Professionals — $0.01
Member Bene ts & Professional
Public Service & Diversity — $0.06
Engagement & Outreach — $0.13
Management & Opera ons — $0.14
Discipline & Disability Systems