Need to Know
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Important Changes to Rule 9,
Effective Jan. 1, 2014
The Supreme Court of Washington has
amended Admission to Practice Rule 9.
These changes will be effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Both supervising attorneys and licensed
legal interns will be significantly affected.
Changes include scope of practice, supervising attorney’s responsibilities, terms of
the license, and eligibility. Learn more at
$25 MCLE Comity Certificate
There is a $25 fee for ordering or submitting MCLE comity certificates. Ordering
comity certificates can be done online or
via mail. See wsba.org/mcle for more information.
Email Address Required for All
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, all WSBA members
will be required to have an email address
on file with the WSBA. See Admission
and Practice Rule (APR) 13 and the WSBA
Bylaws, both as amended effective Jan. 1,
2014. This email address will be used for
important official WSBA email communications. Members may request that their
email not be published on the online lawyer directory.
Save the Date: Open Section
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014; 5: 30 – 7: 30 p.m.
WSBA Conference Center, Seattle
This professional networking event provides new and young lawyers the opportunity to learn about the benefits of a WSBA
Section membership, mingle with new and
experienced attorneys, and to learn about
the Washington Young Lawyers Committee (WYLC). This event is sponsored by the
Washington Young Lawyers Committee,
in partnership with WSBA Sections. To
learn more about this event, the WYLC,
and WSBA Sections, visit www.wsba.org/
legal-community. For inquiries, please
WSBA Board of Governors
Jan. 23, 2014, Olympia; March 7–8, 2014,
With the exception of the executive ses-
House Counsel —
Admission Required in 2014
Under amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct
(RPC) and the Admission to Practice Rules (APR) effective
Jan. 1, 2014, house counsel who are not admitted in Washington will be required to be admitted in Washington to continue
practice as house counsel. Amended RPC 5. 5(d) and APR 8(f).
House counsel in this situation will have three options available without having to sit for the bar exam:
1. Admission by Motion (amended
APR 3(c)). This is the best option for
house counsel admitted in another
U.S. jurisdiction. It provides full admission to the practice of law in
Washington. There are two primary
requirements for admission by motion.
a) Active legal experience for three
out of the last five years; practice as
house counsel in Washington (or anywhere) counts as active legal experience.
b) Passing the Washington Law
Component (WLC) test (http://bit.
ly/195SMvy), which is an online,
open-book, multiple-choice test that
applicants can complete anytime and
anywhere they have a computer with
an Internet connection. The WLC is
meant to be an educational tool so
lawyers practicing in Washington are
aware of unique or unusual aspects
of Washington law. All questions on
the test come from the WLC research
materials ( http://bit.ly/1aw9nZP).
2. Limited Admission as House Counsel (amended APR 8(f)). This is the
best option for those who do not have
three years of active legal experience
and who do not have a Uniform Bar
Exam score. Any lawyer admitted
anywhere in the world may apply under this rule. (Admission by exam will
no longer be a requirement under this
rule for foreign house counsel.) House
counsel admitted under this rule will
not be permitted to appear in court
and the practice will be limited to the
corporate client/employer. However,
despite the limited admission, house
counsel under this rule will have the
same application process and fees,
and the same licensing requirements
(license fees, MCLE, etc.) as a full
member of the WSBA. For this reason, we recommend that anyone with
at least three years of active practice
apply for admission by motion.
3. Uniform Bar Exam Score Transfer (amended APR 3 and Admission
Policies). This option is for those
who have a UBE score of at least 270
and who have been admitted less
than 40 months (and have less than
three years of active legal experience). House counsel in this situation
may apply at our online admissions
site ( www.admissions.wsba.org/ac-count/logon) at any time.
RPC 5. 5(d) currently governs
house counsel practice without licen-sure and is being amended so that
practice under that provision will be
temporary only. House counsel applying for admission can use this rule
while waiting for the application and
admission process to be completed.
Applications for admission by motion will be available online on Jan. 1,
2014. Application for limited admission as house counsel will require submission of a paper application, which
will be posted on the House Counsel
page ( http://bit.ly/housecounsel) after Jan. 1, 2014. No applications can be
accepted until after Jan. 1, 2014, when
the amendments take effect. There is
a $620 application fee and a separate
investigation fee that must be paid
to the NCBE for all applications. The
application/admission process will
take up to six months. Please address questions about house counsel
to email@example.com or call 206-