INSURANCE TASK FORCE
The Mandatory Malpractice Insurance
Task Force issued an interim report with
a tentative conclusion that malpractice
insurance should be mandated for Wash-ington-licensed lawyers, with specified
exemptions (in Oregon, for example,
exempted groups include government
attorneys, in-house private-company
attorneys, and others). The task force’s
preference thus far is to mandate a
minimum level of coverage, purchased
through the open
its final report is
due in early 2019, the
task force will focus
on details (what exemptions? what minimums?) for rule drafting. Members are
encouraged to read the interim report
and provide comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please note: Limited
License Legal Technicians and Limited
Practice Officers are already obligated
to show proof of financial responsibility,
which is typically established by certifying malpractice insurance coverage.) To
read the interim report and task force
minutes and resources, go to www.wsba.
Need to Know News and information of interest to WSBA members. Email email@example.com if you have an item you would like to share.
RENE WAL AND MCLE
Renew your license
and certify MCLE
compliance on my-wsba.org—it’s easy. License renewal must be completed by Feb. 1,
2019. A 30 percent late-payment fee
will apply if the annual license fee
remains unpaid after that date.
Certify MCLE Compliance. If you
are in the 2016-2018 reporting period, then you are due to report CLE
credits and certify MCLE compliance. The deadline for completing
credits is Dec. 31, 2018. The certification must be completed online,
postmarked, or delivered to the
WSBA by Feb. 1, 2019. A late fee will
apply if either deadline is missed.
Visit wsba.org/MCLE to learn more.
Judicial Status. Please note that
you are required to inform the Bar
within 10 days of your retirement or
your ineligibility for judicial status
(and you must apply to change to
another status or to resign). Visit
wsba.org/licensing to learn more.
• DEC. 31, 2018: Licensed legal
professionals in the 2016-2018
reporting period must complete
required MCLE credits.
• FEB. 1, 2019: Deadline for
requesting the one-time License
Fee Hardship Exemption.
• FEB. 1, 2019: License
renewal, payment(s), and MCLE
certification, if applicable, must be
completed online, postmarked, or
delivered to WSBA.
WSBA’s 2019 budget is available at
The budget was approved at the Board
of Governors September meeting
before the end of the WSBA
fiscal year. To learn
more about the WSBA
F Y19 budget, and the
programs and services
that it supports, visit
VOLUNTEER CUSTODIANS NEEDED
The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers as potential volunteer custodians under Rule
for Enforcement of Lawyer
Conduct (ELC) 7. 7. An appointed
custodian is authorized to act
as counsel for the limited purpose of protecting a client’s interests whenever a lawyer has
been transferred to disability
inactive status, suspended or
disbarred, or dies or disappears, and no person appears
to be protecting the client’s
interests. The custodian takes
possession of the necessary
files and records and takes
action to protect the client’s
interests. The custodian may
act with a team of custodians
and much of the work may be
performed by supervised staff.
If the WSBA is notified of the
need for a custodian, the WSBA
would affirm the willingness
and ability of a potential volunteer and seek his or her appointment as custodian. Costs
incurred may be reimbursed.
Current WSBA members of all
practice areas are welcome to
apply. Contact Sandra Schilling
at firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-
239-2118 or 800-945-9722,
ext. 2118; or Darlene Neumann at darlenen@wsba.
org, 206-733-5923 or 800-
945-9722, ext. 5923.