Need to Know
News and information of
interest to WSBA members
Opportunity for Service
Legal Foundation of Washington
Board of Trustees
Application deadline: Oct. 9, 2015
The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting
letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving a two-year term
on the Legal Foundation of Washington
Board of Trustees. Appointees will serve a
term that commences on Jan. 1, 2016, and
ends on Dec. 31, 2018. There are three positions available; two positions are held by
incumbents who are eligible for reappointment. The Legal Foundation of Washington
is a private, not-for-profit organization that
promotes equal justice for low-income
people through the administration of IOLTA
and other funds. Trustees should have a
demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of the need for legal services and how
these services are provided in Washington.
For more information about trustee responsibilities, email caitlindc@legalfoundation.
org. Please submit letters of interest and
résumés to: WSBA Bar Leaders, WSBA
Communications Department, 1325 Fourth
Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle, WA 98109-2539, or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 License Renewal, MCLE and
Complete your license renewal and MCLE
certification online — it’s easy. License renewal will begin in mid-October and must be
completed by Feb. 1, 2016. Please note: Our
service provider will charge you a separate
transaction fee of 2.5% on all bank card
transactions. There is no transaction fee if
you renew online and mail in your check.
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 fees must
still be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2016. 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,
2015, through Sept. 30, 2016, we encourage
you to join or renew sections in October to
receive the full benefit of the membership.
Certify MCLE compliance. If you are
in the 2013–15 reporting period (Group 3),
then you are due to report CLE credits and
certify MCLE compliance. All credits must
be completed by Dec. 31, 2015, and certification must be completed online or be
postmarked or delivered to the WSBA by
Feb. 1, 2016. Visit wsba.org/MCLE to learn
Judicial members are required to complete the annual license renewal and pay
a $50 license fee to maintain eligibility to
transfer to another membership class when
their judicial service ends. 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.
Dates to Remember
dec. 1, 2015: Enrollment deadline for
optional payment plan
dec. 31, 2015: Group 3 (2013–15)
members must complete required
feb. 1, 2016: Request deadline for
optional hardship exemption
feb. 1, 2016: License renewal,
payment, and Group 3 MCLE
certification must be completed
online, postmarked or delivered to
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
Washington Young Lawyers
The Washington Young Lawyers Committee will be meeting on Sat., Dec. 5, at the
WSBA offices in Seattle. For more information or to attend, email newlawyers@wsba.
Apply for a WYLC Public Service
Would you like the opportunity to attend a
WYLC Local Leader Award
WSBA CLE for free? Apply now to receive a
WYLC Public Service Incentive Award. Ap-
plications are due Mon., Dec. 21. This award
was created to encourage and support new
and young lawyers who engage or would
like to engage in public service and public
service volunteer opportunities, as de-
scribed in RPC 6. 1.
Do you know a new and/or young lawyer
who deserves to be recognized for their
long-term service or extraordinary contribution to the legal community? Nominate
an exemplary young lawyer to receive the
WYLC Local Leader Award. Nominations
are due Dec. 30.
Register Now for the WSBA Trial
Registration is open for the annual WSBA
Trial Advocacy Program. New lawyer pricing is available! The program will be held
Oct. 23–24 at the WSBA Conference Center
and via webcast. An optional mock trial is
scheduled for Nov. 7 in Seattle and Nov. 14
Open Sections Night in Spokane
Open Sections Night is back in Spokane!
This popular event is a great opportunity to learn about the WSBA’s 28 practice
sections and meet new and experienced
practitioners in a fun, casual atmosphere.
Open Sections Night is scheduled for Oct.
22 at the Spokane Club. RSVP to sections@
New MCLE Rule Takes Effect in 2016
The new MCLE rule taking effect on Jan. 1,
2016, gives lawyers the opportunity to customize their continuing education to best
meet their needs. Lawyers will be able to
take advantage of new MCLE approved
course subjects and activities to address
important topics like lawyer-client issues,
office management, personal and professional development, and stress management. The increased flexibility is designed
to create more meaningful learning opportunities to support excellent lawyer-client
relationships and office practices and ultimately improve work-life balance, job satisfaction, and career stability.
At least 6 credits must be in ethics and
professional responsibility. At least 15 credits must be from attending approved courses in the subject of law and legal procedure.
The remaining 24 credits can be earned in
the above categories, as well as in new subject areas and activities that include professional development, personal development