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2017 License Renewal, MCLE, and
Start date. License renewal will begin in
mid-November and must be completed by
Feb. 1, 2017.
Demographic Information. This year you
may update your demographic information
when filing your annual license renewal.
With this information, we can better understand the demographics of our membership.
Providing confidential demographic information is optional.
License fee payment plan option available.
If you are experiencing financial challenges, you may contact us about our payment
plan option available to all active and inactive members. Payment plans are for three
months beginning Dec. 1 and all license fees
must still be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2017. A
one-time hardship exemption is available
for active attorney members who qualify.
Visit wsba.org/licensing to learn more.
Join or renew your Section membership. As
the Section Membership Year is Oct. 1,
2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, we encourage
you to join or renew sections now or when
licensing opens to receive the full benefit
of the membership.
Certify MCLE compliance. If you are in the
2014–16 reporting period, then you are due
to report CLE credits and certify MCLE
compliance. The deadline for completing
credits is Dec. 31, 2016. The certification
must be completed online or be postmarked or delivered to the WSBA by Feb.
1, 2017. Visit wsba.org/MCLE to learn more.
Judicial members. Please note that you are
required to inform the Bar within 10 days
of your retirement or your ineligibility for
judicial membership (and you must apply to
change to another membership class or to resign). Visit wsba.org/licensing to learn more.
• Dec. 1, 2016: Enrollment deadline for
Hon. John F. Kuntz Receives WSBA
optional payment plan
• Dec. 31, 2016: Members in the 2014–16
reporting period must complete re-
quired MCLE credits
• Feb. 1, 2017: Request deadline for optional
one-time hardship exemption
• Feb. 1, 2017: License renewal, payment and
MCLE certification must be completed on-
line, postmarked, or delivered to WSBA
Administrative Law Section’s 2016
Frank Homan Award
The WSBA Administrative Law Section presented Hon. John F. Kuntz, a health law judge
with the state Department of Health, with the
Frank Homan Award on Sept. 20, 2016.
In 1995, Kuntz joined the Department
of Health as a staff attorney, and in 1999 he
became a health law judge and has served in
that capacity ever since. Judge Kuntz’s broad
experience in administrative law, commitment to excellence, professional demeanor,
and active mentorship personifies the essence of the Homan Award for his lifetime
achievement and contributions to the profession. In his capacity as a review judge, Kuntz
is responsible for some of the most complex
cases that come before the Department of
Health. Kuntz also provides judge training
classes, including courtroom control and
judicial demeanor, as well as ongoing individual and group mentoring.
Established in 2005, the Frank Homan
Award is given to people in recognition of
noteworthy contributions to the improvement or application of administrative law;
for long-term distinguished service; in recognition of a single, extraordinary contribution or project; and/or by significant commitment to administrative law, the justice
system, and the public.
WSBA Launches CLE Faculty
If you are currently serving as CLE faculty or are interested in working with the
WSBA as a future CLE faculty member,
we encourage you to register in our CLE
faculty database. Serving as a faculty
member provides you the opportunity
to engage with other attorneys across
the state, give back to your profession
and expand your professional growth.
Whether it’s upcoming changes in the law,
emerging hot topics, or substantive content, our goal is to ensure we are engaging with the right faculty at the right time,
matching practice expertise and knowledge to our educational programming
needs. We hope to capture the information of all of those who plan to teach in
the future, both current CLE faculty and
those interested in future opportunities.
Please log on and register in the CLE faculty database today at www.mywsba.
Join the WSBA New Lawyers List
This list serve is a discussion platform for
new lawyers of the WSBA. In addition to
being the best place to receive news and
information relevant to new lawyers, this is
a place to ask questions, seek referrals, and
make connections with peers. To join, email
Take the Call to Duty Pledge
The WSBA Call to Duty initiative is designed to inform, inspire, and involve
members in meeting the legal needs of
veterans and their families. Take the
pledge and commit to serving Washington veterans in 2016. As part of the
pledge, we will support you by providing
both legal and non-legal resources to
serve veterans, education and CLEs, and
the chance to answer the various calls to
duty in serving veterans. You can sign up
to take the pledge at www.mywsba.org/
ALPS Attorney Match
Attorney Match is a free online networking
tool made available through the WSBA-endorsed professional liability partner,
ALPS. This resource allows attorneys to
set up a profile and indicate whether they
are looking for or available to act as a
mentor. Mentorship programs that meet
requirements are now eligible for MCLE
credits. The WSBA provides information
and links to the ALPS Attorney Match
online system as a service to the legal
community. For more information, email
WSBA Board of Governors
Nov. 18, Seattle; Jan. 26–27, 2017, Spokane
With the exception of the executive session, Board of Governors meetings are
open, and all WSBA members are welcome to attend. RSVPs are appreciated
but not required. Contact Margaret Shane
at 206-727-8244, 800-945-9722, ext.
8244, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete Board of Governors meeting schedule is available on the WSBA website at
Volunteer Custodians Needed
The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers as
potential ELC 7. 7 volunteer custodians. 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