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rapidly expanding with a large number
of newer lawyers entering the profession
while older lawyers are starting to retire.
These newer lawyers are more diverse
and more technologically savvy than
previous generations of lawyers.
The new rule recognizes, in its re-
quirements, that a lawyer who is not
practicing law in the traditional sense is
still licensed to practice while an active
member of the Bar. The rule, therefore,
attempts to strike a balance between the
need to protect the public and the need of
all lawyers who may or may not be prac-
ticing law but could do so at any moment
in any given situation.
The rule is also an attempt to use edu-
cation to prevent disciplinary problems.
The task force recognized the impor-
tance of work-life balance and creating
and maintaining good lawyer-client re-
lationships and office practices. Allowing
lawyers to use MCLE to address lawyer-
client, stress management, or office man-
agement issues will more likely increase
overall client satisfaction and assist in
preventing the types of issues that lead
to lawyer discipline cases and malprac-
The new rule also recognizes the fact
that the profession is self-regulating.
The task force has a great deal of trust
and respect for the membership and
strongly believes that lawyers, in terms
of both a profession and as individuals,
are perfectly capable, and should be able,
to choose the education that best suits
their needs for their particular situation.
Learning something relevant to one’s
situation is one of the key factors for successful learning. The recommendations
are designed to address the needs of all
lawyers by trusting each lawyer to decide
what he or she most needs to remain
competent and fit to practice law.
The MCLE Task Force was charged with
suggesting amendments to the MCLE
rules in light of the changes in the areas
of education and training, the rapidly
changing legal services marketplace, and
the widely varied needs of Washington
lawyers and their clients in the 21st cen-
tury. In order to accomplish their charge,
the task force of about 20 members of
the Bar Association met once a month for
nearly a year. In between meetings, task
force members studied MCLE-related
articles, information relating to best
learning practices, and evolving drafts
of proposed APR 11 revisions. During
the course of its work, the task force also
heard from several different stakeholders
and experts in related fields:
• Paula Littlewood, WSBA executive
director, who discussed the future of
the legal profession and the changes
The task force
and creating and