WSR 03-07-046

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ March 12, 2003 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENT TO APR 6 )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-764


The Washington State Bar Association having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendment to APR 6, and the Court having determined that the proposed amendment will aid in the prompt and orderly administration of justice and further determined that an emergency exists which necessitates an early adoption;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) That the amendment as attached hereto is adopted.

(b) That pursuant to the emergency provisions of GR 9(i), the amendment will be published expeditiously and become effective upon publication.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 12th day of March 2003.
Alexander, C.J.


Johnson, J.


Ireland, J.


Madsen, J.


Chambers, J.


Bridge, J.


Owens, J.


Sanders, J.


Mary E. Fairhurst



SUGGESTED AMENDMENT

ADMISSION TO PRACTICE RULES (APR)

APR 6. LAW CLERK PROGRAM




(a) Applicants. Every applicant for enrollment in the law clerk program shall:

(1) Be of good moral character;

(2) Present satisfactory proof of having been granted a bachelors degree, other than a bachelor of laws, by a college or university offering such a degree on the basis of a 4-year course of study;

(3) Obtain regular, full-time employment in the State of Washington as a law clerk with (i) a judge of a court of general, limited, or appellate jurisdiction, or (ii) a lawyer or firm of lawyers licensed to practice in this state and actively engaged in the practice of law;

(4) Submit on forms provided by the Bar Association (i) an application for admission to the law clerk program, (ii) the tutor's statement required by subsection (b)(3) of this rule, and (iii) an application fee;

(5) Appear for an interview, provide any additional information or proof, and cooperate in any investigation, as may be deemed relevant by the Board of Governors; and

(6) Pay such fees as may be set by the Board of Governors with the approval of the Supreme Court.

(b) Tutors. A lawyer or judge may act as a tutor for only one law clerk at a time. To be eligible to act as a tutor in the law clerk program, a lawyer or judge shall:

(1) Be an active member in good standing of the Bar Association, or be a judicial member who is currently elected or appointed to an elected position, provided that if a disciplinary sanction has been imposed upon the lawyer or judge within the 5 years immediately preceding approval of the law clerk's application for enrollment, the Board of Governors shall have the discretion to accept or reject the lawyer or judge as tutor;

(2) Have been actively and continuously engaged in the practice of law or have held the required judicial position for at least 10 years immediately preceding the filing of the law clerk's application for enrollment; this may be a combination of active practice and judicial experience; and

(3) Provide a tutor's statement certifying to the law clerk's employment and to the tutor's eligibility, and agreeing to instruct and examine the law clerk in the curriculum prescribed by the Law Clerk Committee with the approval of the Board of Governors.

(c) Length of Study. [No change].

(d) Course of Study. [No change].

(e) Examination. [No change].

(f) Certificates. [No change].

(g) Termination. [No change].

(h) Advanced Standing. [No change].

(i) Effective Date. [No change].

Reviser's note: The brackets and enclosed material in the text of the above section occurred in the copy filed by the agency and appear in the Register pursuant to the requirements of RCW 34.08.040.

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