WSR 08-01-015

RULES OF COURT

STATE SUPREME COURT


[ December 6, 2007 ]

IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE AMENDMENTS TO APR 11 -- CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION AND APR 11 REGULATIONS 101 THROUGH 112 OF THE CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD )

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ORDER

NO. 25700-A-888


The Washington State Bar Association having recommended the adoption of the proposed amendments to APR 11 -- Continuing Legal Education and APR 11 Regulations 101 through 112, and the Court having approved the proposed amendments for publication;

Now, therefore, it is hereby

ORDERED:

(a) That pursuant to the provisions of GR 9(g), the proposed amendments as attached hereto are to be published for comment in the Washington Reports, Washington Register, Washington State Bar Association and Office of the Administrator for the Court's websites in January 2008.

(b) The purpose statement as required by GR 9(e), is published solely for the information of the Bench, Bar and other interested parties.

(c) Comments are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Supreme Court by either U.S. Mail or Internet E-Mail by no later than April 30, 2008. Comments may be sent to the following addresses: P.O. Box 40929, Olympia, Washington 98504-0929, or Camilla.Faulk@courts.wa.gov. Comments submitted by e-mail message must be limited to 1500 words.

DATED at Olympia, Washington this 6th day of December, 2007.
For the Court
Gerry L. Alexander
CHIEF JUSTICE

GR 9 COVER SHEET


Suggested Amendments

ADMISSION TO PRACTICE RULES (APR)

Rule 11 and Appendix APR 11: Continuing Legal Education

Submitted by the Board of Continuing Legal Education



Purpose: Admission to Practice Rule (APR) 11 establishes the Board of Continuing Legal Education (herein referred to as the MCLE Board) and sets forth its duties and responsibilities. It also establishes the continuing legal education requirements for Washington-licensed lawyers, and sets forth rules relating to administration of the compliance aspects of mandatory continuing legal education for lawyers.

The suggested amendments to APR 11 would:

change the official title of the Board of Continuing Legal Education to the "Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board" or "MCLE Board";
bring all of the credit requirements for mandatory continuing legal education for lawyers into one rule (APR 11.2), pulling some out of the existing regulations;
reduce the number of credits that must be earned as "live" credits;
do away with a three-month grace period for lawyers to become compliant with their MCLE requirements after the end of their actual reporting period; and
separately set out provisions of APR 11.4 and 11.6 regarding enforcement and appeals from decisions, to make them easier to locate and understand.
The suggested amendments to APR 11 Appendix - Regulations of the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education (herein APR 11 Appendix) substantially modify the existing APR 11 Appendix regulations for determining accreditation and administration of the mandatory CLE system. The suggested amendments would:

make the requirements for course accreditation and the requirements imposed on all sponsors more uniform, assuring quality education through a system of advance submission of agendas, review of course materials (when appropriate), evaluations by attendees, and spot audits of seminars;
eliminate the existing limits on the number of credits that can be earned through open and closed in-house CLE seminars sponsored by private law firms, corporate legal departments, and government agencies, addressing concerns raised by those groups regarding current Regulation 104;
increase the list of topics eligible for accreditation, allowing for accreditation of more topics applicable to small- and solo-practices and more topics related to mental health issues;
revise requirements for sponsors to become "accredited sponsors" (sponsors allowed to set credit awards for their own courses, subject to review by MCLE Board);
streamline some regulatory processes; and
clarify and simplify the wording of the regulations.

RULE 11. CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION


RULE 11.1

PURPOSE



It is of primary importance to the members of the Washington State Bar Association (referred to in these rules as the Bar Association) and to the public that attorneys lawyers continue their legal education throughout the period of their active practice of law. These rules will establish state the minimum requirements for continuing legal education.


[Adopted effective January 1, 1977; amended effective May 2, 2000.]


RULE 11.2

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT



(a) Minimum Requirement. Each active member of the Bar Association, and other lawyers who are required by the APRs to complete continuing legal education credits, shall must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of approved or accredited legal education (as provided in APR 11.4) every 3 years, as provided in the regulations to this rule by December 31 of the last year of the lawyer's three-year reporting period as assigned by the Bar Association. Specific requirements are the following, and are described in Appendix APR 11 - Regulations of the Washington State Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education: If a member completes more than 45 credits in a 3-year reporting period, up to 15 of the excess credits may be carried forward and applied to that members education requirement for the next reporting period.

(1) A lawyer may earn all of the required credit hours, and must earn at least half of the required credits, as live credits, as described in Regulation 103(b) of Appendix APR 11.

(2) A lawyer must earn a minimum of six of the required 45 credit hours of accredited legal education in the area of ethics, as that is defined in Regulation 101(g) of Appendix APR 11.

(3) A lawyer may earn a maximum of one-half of the required credit hours for any reporting period through self-study, as defined in Regulation 103(h) of Appendix APR 11.

(4) A lawyer may earn a maximum of six credit hours annually through pro bono training and service carried out strictly in compliance with Regulation 103(f) of Appendix APR 11.

(5) A lawyer may earn a maximum of six of the required credit hours for any reporting period for participation in law school competitions, moot court, or mock trials programs, as described in Regulation 103(g) of Appendix APR 11.

(b) New Admission. Newly admitted members shall must complete 45 continuing legal education credits anytime after the member's date of admission or the next 4 full during the four full calendar years after the member's date of admission. If the newly admitted member earns more than 45 credits during that new admission period, up to 15 of the excess credits may be carried forward to the next reporting period. Following the new admission period, the member shall complete 45 credits every 3 three years as required by APR 11.2(a).

(c) Ethics/Professionalism Component. The 45 continuing legal education credit hours required in section (a) shall include a minimum of 6 credit hours devoted to the areas of legal ethics, professionalism, or professional responsibility. The 15 credit hours that may be carried forward pursuant to section (b) may include 2 credit hours toward the legal ethics, professionalism, or the professional responsibility requirement of this section.

Carryover of excess earned credits. If a member completes more than the required credits for any one reporting period, up to 15 of the excess credits may be carried forward and applied to that member's education requirement for the next reporting period. Of the 15 credit hours that may be carried forward to the next reporting period, pursuant to sections (a) and (b) of this rule:

(1) A maximum of two credit hours may be applied toward the ethics requirement; and

(2) A maximum of five credit hours may be applied to self-study credits.


[Amended effective September 1, 1992; September 1, 1995; May 2, 2000.]


RULE 11.3

BOARD OF MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION



There is hereby established a Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (referred to herein as the CLE MCLE Board) consisting of seven members. Six of the members of the CLE MCLE Board must be active members of the Bar Association. The seventh member shall not be a member of the Bar Association. The Supreme Court shall designate a chairperson of the CLE MCLE Board, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Court court. The members of the CLE MCLE Board shall be nominated by the Board of Governors of the Bar Association and appointed by the Supreme Court. Appointments shall be staggered for a 3-year term. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Terms shall end on September 30 of the applicable year.


[Adopted effective January 1, 1977; amended effective May 2, 2000.]


RULE 11.4

POWERS OF THE MCLE BOARD OF CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION



The CLE MCLE Board shall: approve individual courses and may accredit all or portions of the entire legal educational program of a given organization which, in the CLE Board's judgment, will satisfy the education requirements of these rules. It shall determine the number of credit hours to be allowed for each such course. The CLE Board may adopt regulations pertinent to these powers subject to the approval of the Board of Governors and the Supreme Court. Individual compliance with the educational or time requirements of these rules may be waived or modified by the CLE Board upon a showing of undue hardship, age, or infirmity. The CLE Board may set fees and fines for failure to comply with these rules, and may from time to time adjust such fees and fines, with the approval of the Board of Governors. The CLE Board has authority to waive or reduce the fee or fine on a proper showing by the petitioner.

(a) Accredit and determine the number of credit hours to be allowed for all or portions of individual courses that satisfy the education requirements of these rules and Appendix APR 11 Regulations;

(b) Accredit all or portions of the entire legal educational program of a given organization that satisfy the education requirements of these rules and Appendix APR 11 Regulations;

(c) Adopt regulations pertinent to these powers subject to the approval of the Board of Governors and the Supreme Court;

(d) Waive or modify individual compliance with the educational or time requirements of these rules upon a showing of undue hardship, age, or infirmity;

(e) Set and adjust fees and fines for failure to comply with these rules and to defray the reasonably necessary costs of administering these rules with the approval of the Board of Governors; and

(f) Waive or reduce fees or fines on a proper showing by the petitioner.


[Adopted effective January 1, 1977; amended effective May 2, 2000.]



RULE 11.5

EXPENSES OF THE CLE MCLE BOARD



Members of the CLE MCLE Board shall not be compensated for their services,. but For their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, they shall be reimbursed by the Bar Association in a manner consistent with the Bar Association's reimbursement of its committee members. The Bar Association shall furnish the CLE MCLE Board with the necessary staff and clerical help to carry out its duties. and shall pay all expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred by the CLE Board, pursuant to a budget for the CLE Board which the The CLE MCLE Board, directly or through the staff provided, annually shall submit a budget annually to the Bar Association, which shall be subject to approval by the Board of Governors. The CLE Board and Board of Governors shall clarify in writing their relationship regarding the CLE Board's budget and personnel issues.


[Amended effective May 2, 2000.]


RULE 11.6

REPORTS AND ENFORCEMENT



(a) Reports Reporting and Other Activities.

(1) Sponsor Report Reports. The sponsor of each approved program (or each program for which approval is sought) will must make available attendance reports to be completed by those attorneys lawyers in attendance to show the actual time spent by each lawyer in attendance. The form of the reports will be determined by the CLE MCLE Board. Attorneys who wish credit for attending the program will complete the report and return it to the sponsor at the conclusion of the program (or earlier if the attorney does not attend the entire program). Attorneys who fail to return their forms to the sponsor may send them directly to the Bar Association. All forms must be sent The sponsor must send a report, consisting of a compilation of the information contained in these forms, to the Bar Association not later than 30 days after conclusion of the program.

(2) Other Activities. Consistent with the provisions of Appendix APR 11 Regulations, in In the case of some programs for which approval has not been sought or obtained by the sponsor, or for other activities which may qualify for CLE credit under these rules, individual attorneys lawyers may apply for credit by direct application to the CLE MCLE Board, using the form or forms specified by the CLE MCLE Board for that purpose.

(3) Confidential Member Credit Status Reports.

(A) Not later than July 1, of each year, the Bar Association shall advise each active member and other lawyers required to report in the current reporting cycle of the number of earned credit hours and courses posted to their credit reflected in that lawyer's records with the Bar Association.

(i) If the lawyers do not request changes to their records within forty-five days of the mailing of the report, the reported credits will be deemed correct.

(ii) After 45 days, the records may be changed upon a showing of good cause.

(B) By not later than December 15 of each year, a A similar report shall be provided to all active members and other lawyers required to report continuing education credits. of the Bar not later then Decemver 15 of each year. Attorneys may request changes to the reported credits for a period of forty-five days from the receipt of the report, after which the reported credits will be considered to be correct. They may be changed by a showing of good cause

[Moved to APR 11.6.(a)(3)(A)(i) and (ii).]

(b) Compliance Report Certification. Each active member or other lawyer required to complete and report continuing legal education requirements must shall submit an CLE MCLE compliance report certification form by February 1 following the end of the lawyer's three-year reporting period as specified in the regulations, or as approved by the CLE MCLE Board pursuant to rule 11.4. If a member lawyer has not completed the minimum education requirement for that members lawyer's reporting period, compliance may still be accomplished, as specified in the regulations, the lawyer may complete and return to the MCLE Board a petition, which shall be accompanied by a declaration(s) or affidavit(s) in support of the request, for an extension of time to complete the requirements. If the petition is approved, the lawyer by making shall make up the deficiency, within the first 4 months of the next succeeding calendar year, filing file a supplemental report with the Bar Association by May 1 of that year, and by paying pay a special filing late compliance filing fee by the date set forth in the agreement or order extending the time for compliance.

(c) Delinquency. Any member lawyer required to do so who has not complied by May 1 of each year, or such other the certification deadline, or by the date as is set forth in an agreement or order extending the time for compliance, may be ordered suspended from the practice of law by the Supreme Court.

(1) Pendency Notice. To effect such suspension removal the CLE The MCLE Board may shall by send a written notice to the non-complying member advise of the pendency of suspension removal proceedings by certified mail to any lawyer who has not complied with either the educational or certification requirements of APR 11 and the Appendix APR 11 Regulations by the certification deadline for that lawyer's reporting period or extended deadline granted by the MCLE Board. It will be sent to the lawyer's address of record with the Bar Association. The notice shall advise the member of the pendency of suspension proceedings and state that the MCLE Board will recommend suspension of the lawyer's license to practice law unless the lawyer becomes compliant or completes and returns to the MCLE Board a petition for extension of time, exemption from compliance, or ruling of complete compliance as set forth below. The MCLE Board shall include with the pendency notice a copy of the form of petition to be used.

(2) Petition for extension, waiver, modification or finding of compliance.

(A) Timing. Within unless within 10 days of receipt of such the pendency notice, such member shall a lawyer may complete and return to the CLE MCLE Board an accompanying form of a petition which may be accompanied by affidavit(s) in support of request for requesting an extension of time, a waiver of compliance, modifications to the requirements, or a for or exemption from compliance with Section (a) above or for a ruling by the CLE MCLE Board of complete compliance therewith with the standard requirements.

(B) Supporting documents. The petition may be accompanied by supporting affidavit(s) or declaration(s).

(1) (3) No timely petition filed; suspension recommendation. Unless such petition be so is filed, the noncompliance is deemed agreed. The CLE MCLE Board shall report such fact the lawyer's noncompliance to the Supreme Court with its recommendations for appropriate action. The Supreme Court shall enter such order((,)) as it deems appropriate. The provisions of RAP 17.4 and RAP 17.5 shall apply to any motion for reconsideration of such order.

(2) (4) Petition Filed. If such petition be so is filed, in its consideration of the petition, the CLE MCLE Board shall consider factors of undue hardship, age, or disability. One of the following shall result from consideration of a petition:

(A) Approval without hearing. The MCLE Board may, in its discretion, approve the same petition without hearing, or

(B) Agreement with lawyer. The MCLE Board may enter into agreement on terms with such member lawyer as to time and requirements for achieving compliance with the provisions of APR 11.2(a) and APR 11.6(b) Section (a).; or

(C) (3) Hearing on petition. If the CLE MCLE Board does not so approve such petition or enter into such an agreement with terms, the CLE MCLE Board (or a subcommittee of one or more CLE MCLE Board members) shall hold a hearing upon the petition.

(i) The Board and shall give the member lawyer at least 10 days notice of the time and place thereof.

(ii) Testimony taken at the hearing shall be under oath, and audio-recorded an audio or stenographic record will be made at the request and expense of the lawyer. The oath shall be administered by the chairperson of the CLE MCLE Board or the chairperson of the subcomittee subcommittee.

(iii) For good cause shown the CLE MCLE Board may rule that the member lawyer has substantially complied with these rules for the year reporting period in question or, if he or she has not done so, it may grant the member lawyer an extension of time within which to comply, and may do so upon terms as it may deem deems appropriate.

(iv) For each hearing, As to each such application the CLE MCLE Board shall enter written findings of fact and an appropriate order,. The MCLE Board shall mail a copy of the findings and order which shall be mailed forthwith to the member lawyer at the address on file with the Bar Association.

(v) The MCLE Board's Any such order shall be is final unless within 10 days from the date thereof the member lawyer shall file files a written notice of appeal with the Supreme Court and serve serves a copy of on the Washington State Bar Association. The member lawyer shall pay to the clerk Clerk of the Supreme Court, a docket fee of $250.00.

(4) In its consideration of petitions for relief hereunder, the CLE Board shall consider factors of hardship such as age or disability, or of restricted practice. [Moved to Rule 11.4(d).]

(d) Review to by the Supreme Court. To perfect such review the member shall at the members expense, within Within 15 days of the filing of the a notice with the Supreme Court for review of the MCLE Board's findings and order, after a non-compliance petition hearing, the lawyer shall cause the record or a narrative report of such reviews, cause to be transcribed and filed with the Bar Association a narrative report of proceedings in compliance with RAP 9.3 to be transcribed and filed with the Bar Association.

(1) The CLE MCLE Board chairperson or chairperson of the subcommittee shall certify that any such record or narrative report of proceedings contains a fair and accurate report of the occurrences in and evidence introduced in the cause.

(2) The CLE MCLE Board shall prepare a transcript of all orders, findings, and other documents pertinent to the proceeding, before the CLE MCLE Board;, which transcript shall must be certified by the CLE MCLE Board chairperson or chairperson of the subcommittee.

(3) The CLE MCLE Board shall then file promptly with the Clerk of the Supreme Court the record or narrative report of proceedings and the transcripts pertinent to the proceedings before the CLE MCLE Board.

(4) The matter shall be heard in the Supreme Court pursuant to procedures established by order of the Court.

(e) Time. The times set forth in this rule for filing notices of appeal are jurisdictional. The Supreme Court, as to appeals pending before it, may, for good cause shown:

(1) Extend extend the time for the filing or certification of said statement of facts record or narrative report of proceedings and transcripts,; or

(2) Dismiss dismiss the appeal for failure to prosecute the same diligently.

(f) Costs. If the member lawyer prevails in his or her appeal before the Supreme Court, the member lawyer shall be awarded costs against the Bar Association in an amount equal to his or her reasonable expenditures for the preparation of the statement or statements of facts record or narrative report of proceedings.

(g) Change of Status. Once an attorney a lawyer has been ordered suspended from practice for noncompliance with these rules, the attorney lawyer affected must comply with the then applicable regulations of the CLE MCLE Board and the WSBA Bylaws for transfer from suspended inactive in order to return to active status.


[Amended effective May 14, 1982; September 1, 1992; January 1, 2001.]



RULE 11.7

CONFIDENTIALITY



The files and records of the Bar Association, as they may relate to or arise out of any failure of a member of the Association, or other lawyers, to satisfy these continuing legal education requirements, shall be deemed confidential and shall not be disclosed except in furtherance of its duties, or upon request of the attorney lawyer affected, or pursuant to a proper subpoena duces tecum, or as directed by this Court court. The records and information contained therein should not be available to any sponsosring sponsoring organization, including the Continuing Legal Education Department of the Bar Association. In any matter referred to the Supreme Court under these rules, the file, record, briefs, and arguments shall not be subject to this confidentiality rule.


[Adopted effective January 1, 1977; amended effective May 14, 1982; May 2, 2000.]


REGULATIONS OF THE

WASHINGTON STATE BOARD OF MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD

Approved as Amended by the Board of Governors and Supreme Court



Regulation 101. Definitions

As used in these Regulations, the following definitions shall apply:

(a) "Legal education" shall mean training obtained by lawyers already admitted to practice that maintains or enhances their competence as lawyers. It is recognized that education is important to lawyers. However, not all education is legal education within the meaning of these rules.

(a) (b) "Approved" or a Accredited legal education activity" shall means any method by which a lawyer may earn MCLE credits, and includes individual seminar, courses, self-study, teaching, pro bono legal services, law school competitions, nexus, and writing and editing, as described in these regulations or other continuing legal education activity approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education_(Continuing Legal Education Board).

(c) "Active member" shall mean any person licensed to practice law in the state of Washington as an active member of the Washington State Bar Association.

(b) (d) "Accredited sponsor" shall means an organization that meets the requirements of Regulation 105 for accreditation of its whose entire continuing legal education program subject to review by the MCLE Board has been accredited by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education, pursuant to Regulation 106 herein. A specific, individual continuing legal education activity presented by such a sponsor constitutes an "approved" legal education activity.

(c) "APR 11" means Admission to Practice Rule 11, including subsequent amendments.

(d) "Attending" means:

(1) Presenting for or being present in an audience, either in person or through an electronic medium, at an accredited live continuing legal education course at the time the course is actually being presented; or

(2) Engaging in self-study using pre-recorded audiovisual or audio-only courses that have been accredited by the MCLE Board.

(e) "Chairperson" means the chairperson of the MCLE Board, except where otherwise indicated. "CLE Board" shall mean the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education.

(f) "Course" means an organized program of learning dealing with matter directly relating to the practice of law or legal ethics, including anti-bias and diversity training, and substance abuse prevention training. "Quorum" of the CLE Board shall consist of four (4) or more members of the Board.

(g) "Ethics" includes discussion, analysis, interpretation, or application of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, Code of Judicial Conduct, judicial decisions interpreting these rules, and ethics opinions published by bar associations relating to these rules. It also includes the general subject of professional conduct standards for lawyers representing clients and the public interest. Ethics credits may also be awarded for accreditable activities in the areas of diversity and anti-bias with respect to the practice of law, or the risks to ethical practice associated with diagnosable conditions of stress, anxiety, depression, and addictive behavior. "Chairperson" shall mean the chairperson of the CLE Board, except where other usage of that term is indicated.

(h) "Executive Secretary" shall means the executive secretary of the MCLE Board.

(i) "Form 1" means the CLE course accreditation application form. "APR 11" shall mean Admission to Practice Rule 11, together with any subsequent amendments thereto, as adopted by the Supreme Court of the State of Washington.

(j) "Governmental agency" means federal, state, local, and military agencies and organizations, and organizations primarily funded by one or more of the preceding, but excludes colleges, universities, law schools, and graduate schools. "Teaching" in an approved continuing legal education activity shall mean and encompass the delivery of a prepared talk, lecture or address at such activity.

(k) "Groups 1, 2, and 3" means three groups of lawyers for purposes of the reporting periods to which they are assigned: Group 1 consists of lawyers admitted through 1975 and in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, etc.; Group 2 consists of lawyers admitted 1976 through 1983, and in 1992, 1995, 1998, etc.; and Group 3 consists of lawyers admitted 1984 through 1990 and in 1993, 1996, 1999, etc. New admittees shall be assigned to these Groups in the same manner upon admission. "Participating" in an approved continuing legal education activity shall mean and encompass taking part in such activity as a member of a panel discussion, without the preparation of written materials or the delivery of a prepared talk, lecture or address.

(l) "Legal education" means activities that meet the requirements of these regulations and that maintain or enhance the competence of lawyers with respect to the practice of law.

"Attending" an approved continuing legal education activity shall include and encompass:

(1) Presence in an audience of two or more persons being addressed by participants in an approved continuing legal education activity, and

(2) Viewing or listening individually to video or audio tapes, CD-ROM, motion pictures, simultaneous broadcast or other such systems or devices approved by the CLE Board.

(m) "MCLE Board" means the Washington State Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. "Groups 1, 2, and 3": the active members of the bar shall be divided into three groups. Group 1 shall be those admitted through 1975 and in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000. Group 2 shall be those admitted 1976 through 1983, and in 1992, 1995, 1998. Group 3 shall be those admitted 1984 through 1990 and in 1993, 1996, 1999. Members shall continue to be assigned to Groups upon admission in the same consecutive manner.

(n) "Participating" means taking part in an accredited continuing legal education course as a contributing member of a panel. "Professionalism" is no more, and no less, than conducting one's self at all times in such a manner as to demonstrate complete candor, honesty, courtesy and avoidance of unnecessary conflict in all relationships with clients, associates, courts and the general public. It is the personification of the accepted standard of conduct that a lawyer's word is his or her bond. It includes respectful behavior towards others, including sensitivity to substance abuse prevention, anti-bias or diversity concerns. It encompasses the fundamental belief that a lawyer's primary obligation is to serve his or her clients' interests faithfully and completely, with compensation only a secondary concern, acknowledging the need for a balance between the role of advocate and the role of an officer of the court, and with ultimate justice at a reasonable cost as the final goal. The area of professionalism shall include the issues of and training in diversity, anti-bias, and substance abuse training in order to improve public confidence in the legal profession and to make lawyers more aware of their ethical and professional responsibilities.

(o) "Qualified legal services provider" means a not-for-profit legal services organization whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to low income clients, as defined in APR 8 (e)(2). "Ethics" shall include discussion, analysis, interpretation, or application of the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, Code of Judicial Conduct, judicial decisions interpreting these rules, and ethics opinions published by bar associations relating to these rules, as well as the general subject of standards of professional conduct expected of lawyers acting in the representation of clients and in the public interest.

(p) "Quorum of the MCLE Board" means four or more members of the Board. "Practicing law," for the purpose of this rule, is defined as the representation of one or more clients under the authority of a license to practice law in the state of Washington.

(q) "Teaching" means the delivery of a prepared talk, lecture or address at an accredited continuing legal education course.


[Regulation 101 amended effective May 2, 2000; October 1, 2002.]


Regulation 102. Continuing Legal Education Requirement

(a) As provided for in APR 11.2, each active member shall complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of approved legal education every three years. At least six of the 45 continuing legal education credit hours required during the reporting period shall be devoted exclusively to the areas of legal ethics, professionalism, or professional responsibility. If an active member completes more than 45 credits during a three-year reporting period, 15 of the excess credits may be carried forward and applied to that member's education requirement for the next reporting period. The fifteen credit hours that may be carried forward may include two credit hours toward the legal ethics, professionalism, or professional responsibility requirement.

(b) Ethics/Professionalism Requirement. As provided for in APR 11.2(c)

(c) All active members shall complete and report a minimum of six credit hours of approved or accredited legal ethics, professionalism, or professional responsibility continuing education for the reporting period terminating on December 31, 1998 and for each reporting period thereafter.


[Regulation 102 adopted effective July 26, 1995; amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 102. Standards for Approval and Accreditation. To be approved for credit, all courses must meet all of the following criteria, except where otherwise stated.

(a) A course must have significant intellectual or practical content relating to the practice of law or legal ethics. In determining whether courses have such content, the following factors should be considered:

(1) The topic, depth, and skill level of the material;

(2) The level of practical or academic experience or expertise of the presenters or faculty;

(3) The intended audience, which may include others besides lawyers;

(4) The written materials, which must be of high quality, in a hardcopy or electronic format, and distributed to all attendees at or before the course is presented. In some unusual cases, written materials may not be necessary, but that is the exception and not the rule; and,

(5) The physical setting, which must be suitable to the educational activity and free from unscheduled interruption.

(b) Any written, electronic, or presentation materials must be available for submission and review upon request by the MCLE Board. However, in the case of government-sponsored, closed seminars, where materials are subject by law to confidentiality rules or regulations, those portions of the materials subject to confidentiality may be redacted from the overall submission, provided that a list of the redacted materials, a general summary of the redacted materials, and the basis for confidentiality, is supplied.

(c) The course must be open to audit by the MCLE Board or its designees at no charge. However, this requirement may be waived in cases of government-sponsored, closed seminars if the reason stated on the Form 1, as required by Reg 104 (a)(3), is approved by the MCLE Board.

(d) The sponsor must keep accurate attendance records and retain them for six years. The sponsor must provide copies to the MCLE Board upon request. In addition, the sponsor must report attendance within 30 days of the end of the program as required by APR 11.6 (a)(1).

(e) The attendees must be provided with a critique form or evaluation sheet to complete. The completed forms, or a compilation of all numerical ratings and comments, must be retained by the sponsor for two years and copies must be provided to the MCLE Board upon request.

(f) There must be no marketing of any law firm or any company that provides goods or services to lawyers or law firms during the presentation of the program in the room where the program is being held.

(g) Aside from indicating that an activity has been accredited for the number and type of credits approved by the MCLE Board, people and organizations must not state or imply that the WSBA or the MCLE Board approves or endorses any person, law firm, or company providing goods or services to lawyers or law firms.

(h) A course must not focus directly on a pending case, action or matter currently being handled by the sponsor if the sponsor is a private law firm, corporate legal department, or a government agency.

(i) If the course is sponsored by a private law firm, no client, former client, or prospective client of the private law firm may directly or indirectly pay for or underwrite the course, in whole or in part.


Regulation 103. Earning and Calculating Credits: Computation WSBA MCLE staff, the Executive Secretary, or the MCLE Board will apply APR 11 and these regulations to determine approval or denial of accreditation, and to determine the number of credits a lawyer can earn for each activity.

(a) Accreditable activities. A lawyer may earn cContinuing legal education credit may be obtained by attending, or teaching, or participating in, accredited continuing legal education activities, subject to all restrictions, limitations, and conditions set forth in APR 11 and these regulations. which have been (1) approved by the CLE Board, (2) afforded retroactive approval by the CLE Board pursuant to APR 11 and these Regulations, or (3) conducted by an accredited sponsor, as set forth herein.

(1) A lawyer may earn credits through an accreditable activity even if neither the lawyer nor the activity is in Washington State (see Regulation 103 (e)(1), 103(k), and 107(e)); and

(2) To be accreditable, an activity must have no attendance restrictions based on race, color, national origin, religion, creed, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status.

(3) A lawyer may earn teaching and preparation credits through teaching a pre-admission course required by APR 5(b) and APR 18 (c)(1)(i).

(b) Live credits. A lawyer may earn "live credits" by attending in person or via an electronic medium, or teaching or participating in an accredited course at the time the course is actually being presented.

(1) Teleconferences, videoconferences, and webcasts are considered "live" if there are presenters or expert moderators available to all course attendees at the time the course is actually being presented and all attendees can hear or see other attendees' questions and the resultant responses at the time they happen.

(2) Viewings of pre-recorded courses, presented by one or more expert moderators qualified and available at the time of the viewing to answer questions and expand on topics may also be considered "live".

(3) Writing credits, as defined in Regulation 103(j), are considered to be live credits. Credit shall be awarded on the basis of one (1) hour for each sixty (60) minutes actually spent by a member in attendance at an approved activity. Otherwise stated, a "credit hour" equals one (1) clock hour of actual attendance.

(c) Credit for attending accredited courses. A lawyer may earn one credit for each 60 minutes spent attending actual instruction at an accredited course. A lawyer may earn no more than eight credits per day spent attending courses. A lawyer may earn credit only once for attending the same approved course. Meals and Banquets. Credit may not be denied merely because continuing legal education activities are presented at a meal or banquet.

(d) Credit for Tteaching or participating in accredited courses. A lawyer may earn Ccredit toward the continuing legal education requirement set forth in APR 11.2(a) and Regulation 102 may be earned through by teaching or participating in an approved accredited continuing legal education course. activity on the following basis:

(1) An active member Additionally, a lawyer who is teaching or participating in an approved accredited activity course shall may receive earn credit on the basis of one credit for each sixty (60) minutes actually spent by such member the lawyer in attendance at and teaching in preparing for the presentation of the course, such activity. Additionally, an active member teaching in such an activity shall also be awarded further credit on the basis of one credit hour for each sixty (60) minutes actually spent in preparation time, provided that in no event shall more than up to a maximum of ten (10) hours of credits per course. be awarded for the preparation of one hour or less of actual presentation. A lawyer may earn credit only once for teaching or participating in the same accredited course, regardless of the number of times the course is presented.

EXAMPLES: Attorney Lawyer X, an active member, gives a one hour lecture presentation and attends the other five hours at a six (6) credit hour seminar course presented in each of three cities, and attends the rest of the course on each of those days. Attorney If Lawyer X is entitled to one credit hour for each sixty (60) minutes of actual attendance and teaching at presentation of the seminar. In addition, attorney X may be awarded up to ten (spent 10) additional credits for time spent in preparation. Accordingly, Attorney X, if he attends and teaches in an entire presentation of the seminar, may claim a total of sixteen (hours preparing for the presentation, Lawyer X may earn a total of 16) credits. maximum for his involvement in the three-city series of seminars.

EXAMPLE: Attorney Y, Lawyer X an active member, gives a two (2) hour presentation and attends the other four hours at a six credit hour course presented in three cities, and attends the rest of the course on each of those days. If Lawyer X spent 15 hours preparing for the presentation, Lawyer X may earn a total of 16 credits. lecture at the same seminar. Attorney Y is entitled to one credit hour for each sixty (60) minutes of actual attendance and teaching at presentation of the seminar. In addition, Attorney Y may be awarded up to twenty (20) additional credits for time spent in preparation. Accordingly, Attorney Y, if he attends and teaches in an entire presentation of the seminar, may claim a total of twenty-six (26) credits maximum for his involvement in the three-city series of seminars.

(2) An active member participating in an approved activity shall receive credit on the basis of one credit hour for each sixty (60) minutes actually spent by such member in attendance at presentation of such activity. Additionally, an active member participating in such an activity shall also be awarded further credit on the basis of one hour for each sixty (60) minutes actually spent in preparation time, provided that in no event shall more than five (5) hours of credit be awarded for such preparation time in any one such continuing legal education activity.

EXAMPLE: Attorney Z, an active member, participates in a one hour panel discussion at a six (6) credit hour seminar presented in each of three cities. Attorney Z is entitled to one credit hour for each sixty (60) minutes of actual attendance at presentation of the seminar. In addition, Attorney Z may be awarded additional credits for preparation time for the panel discussion. Accordingly, Attorney Z, if he actually attends an entire presentation of the seminar, may claim a total of eleven (11) credits maximum for his involvement in the three-city series of seminars.

(e) Credit for attending or teaching Llaw Sschool Ccourses.

(1) Attending. A lawyer may earn Credit under the provisions of APR 11 shall be computed on the basis of one (1) credit for each clock hour 60 minutes of instructed law school class time actually the lawyer attendsed in law school courses at the J.D. or advanced education level. The course may be taken within or outside the United States, and the lawyer is not required to take or be successful on any examination given in connection with the course in order to earn CLE credits for attending the course. To earn credit, the lawyer must: up to a maximum of 15.00 hours per course. For example, under this formula an active member who actually attends 30 hours of instruction in a law school course may claim a maximum of 15.00 hours of credit under APR 11, with the remaining 15.00 hours being inapplicable toward the requirement and not capable of being carried over to the next reporting period. However, an active member attending two separate courses may earn a maximum of 15.00 hours of credit per course and in such instance may carry the excess 15.00 hours of credit over to the next reporting period.

(A) An active member taking such a course shall aArrange with for the instructor or law school registrar to for verifyication of the active member's lawyer's actual attendance at the various sessions of the course and for the to reporting of such attendance to the MCLE Board.; and

(B) Comply with the applicable regulations of the law school or university involved.

Success on any examination given in connection with such a course is not a prerequisite to obtaining CLE credit for attendance at the a course under the provisions of APR 11.

(2) Teaching. Full time teachers and lawyers whose primary employment is teaching law school courses may not earn credit for teaching or preparation of law school courses, but a lawyer who is acting as a part-time adjunct professor or lecturer may earn credit in connection with that lawyer's first presentation of a specific law school course, as follows:

(A) Presentation time- one credit for each 60 minutes of presentation time for that lawyer's first presentation of a specific law school course, up to a maximum 15 credits for actual presentation time; and

(B) Preparation time- one credit for each 60 minutes the lawyer spends preparing for each 60 minutes of presentation time, up to a maximum of 10 credits of actual preparation time for each 60 minutes of presentation time.

(f) An active member shall receive a maximum of one-third of the continuing legal education required under APR 11.2(a) through self-study credits or audio/videotaped instruction (defined in Regulations Section 104 (b)(1)).

(f) (g) Credit for Ppro Bbono Llegal Sservices: A member lawyer may earn up to six (6) hours of credits annually if: by certifying that the member has fulfilled the following requirements under the auspices of a qualified legal services provider:

(1) Each attorney seeking CLE credit will have The lawyer receivesd at least two (2) hours of education in a given calendar year, under the auspices of a qualified legal services provider, which may consist of:

(A) (i) Nnot less than two (2) hours of training in MCLE Board-approved with live presentation(s); or

(B) (ii) Nnot less than two (2) hours individually viewing or listening individually to video or audio tapes pre-recorded training courses approved by the MCLE Board; or

(C) (iii) Not less than two hours of any combination of the foregoing training; or

(D) (iv) Not less than two hours serving as a mentor to a participating attorney lawyer who has completed the foregoing training; and

(2) Each attorney seeking CLE credit also will have subsequently The lawyer completesd not less than four (4) hours of pro bono work in that same calendar year by:

(A) pProviding legal advice, representation, or other legal assistance to low-income client(s) through a qualified legal services provider; or

(B) in sServing as a mentor to other participating attorney(s) lawyer(s) who are providing such legal advice, representation, or assistance to low-income client(s) through a qualified legal services provider.


[Regulation 103 amended effective May 2, 2000; August 3, 2004.]


(g) (h) Credit for Llaw school Ccompetitions. A lawyer Credit may be earned one general - not ethics - credit for each 60 minutes spent judging or for preparing Llaw Sschool students for and judging law competitions, mock trials, and or moot court arguments at an ABA accredited law school. Up to a maximum of six credits per reporting period may be earned provided the following conditions are met: Ethics and professionalism credit hours are not available for participation in this type of CLE activity. CLE credit hours are not available for grading written briefs or other written papers in connection with this type of CLE activity. No additional credit may be earned for preparation time. The sponsor of the CLE activity is responsible for issuing appropriate certification documenting the name of the attorney, name, date and location of thw course or program and the number of CLE credit hours earned.

(1) Prior to the event, the sponsor provides the lawyer "judge" training in the feedback process to be used by Law School Competitions: One (1) credit hour may be earned for each sixty (60) minutes of participation in an ABA accredited law school competition provided that the law school training activity is structured to require that the "judge" provide specific to give performance review feedback to each student participant during the event. Such training must incorporate the requirements of Regulation 102(a), and it can be conveyed The performance review must conform to a redetermiuned "feedback process" to be established and agreed upon by the Law School and the participating attorney through a prior-to-the-activity communication (e.g. watching a by live or video-taped training, reviewing a written outline of for points to be covered by the "judge", or other acceptable method. etc.). The educational elements must be structured into the competition and must be consistent with Regualtion 104.

(2) The lawyer "judge" provides specific performance feedback to each student participant during the event. Maximum of six (6) CLE credit hours may be earned for participation in this type of CLE activity during any one reporting cycle.

(3) The sponsor issues appropriate certification documenting the name of the lawyer, the activity name, date, and location, and the number of CLE credits earned.

(4) The lawyer does not earn credits for preparation time or for grading written briefs or other written papers in connection with this type of activity.


Regulation 104. Standards for Approval

(a) Basis for approval of courses. Courses will be approved based upon their content. An approved course shall have significant intellectual or practical content relating to the practice of law. In evaluating content, course presenters and audience may be considered but those will not be the principal criteria for approval. Courses involving federal or state taxation issues, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution, as examples, may appeal to persons from disciplines other than law, but may still be approved courses.

(1) Definition. The course shall constitute an organized program of learning dealing with matter directly relating to the practice of law, legal ethics, or professionalism, including anti-bias and diversity training, and substance abuse prevention training.

(2) Factors in evaluating. Factors which should be considered in evaluating a course include:

(i) The topic, depth, and skill level of the material.

(ii) The level of practical or academic experience or expertise of the presenters or faculty.

(iii) The intended audience.

(iv) The quality of the written, electronic, or presentation materials, which should be high quality, readable, carefully prepared and distributed to all attendees at or before the course is presented. In some cases, written material may not be necessary, but that is the exception and not the rule.

(v) The physical setting is suitable to the educational activity, free from unscheduled interruption, and should include a writing surface where feasible.

(b) Basis for approval of activities. Credit will also be given for certain activities which are not approved courses. The following activities will qualify for continuing legal education credit, subject to the restrictions set forth below.

(h) (1) Credit for Sself-Sstudy Credits. A lawyer Attorneys may receive earn credit for self study by completing MCLE Board-approved pre-recorded audiovisual or audio-only courses, under the following conditions: watching or listening to video or audio tapes, CD-ROM, motion pictures, simultaneous broadcast, electronic or other such systems or devices approved by the CLE Board or by engaging on computer-assisted legal study programs, which meet the content requirements of (a), above.

(1) Requirements for lawyers.

(A) (i) For all To claim CLE credits earned through self-study courses, the lawyer must attorneys are required to report on their CLE Certification a Form 1 for each activity:

(i) The sponsor and title of the course;

(ii) The original date the activity was recorded;

(iii) The date the lawyer completed the course; and

(iv) Tthe number of credits for which the course tape, CD-ROM, motion pictures, electronic or other such systems or devices, or computer assisted self-study program was approved., the sponsor, the title of the seminar or program, and the date the seminar or program was originally recorded or, in the case of computer assisted self-study programs, its most recent edition year.

(B) The lawyer must declare on the reporting period By signing the CLE Certification form, attorneys will declare that they lawyer did not knowingly have not violated any copyright laws in earning the credits reported in the Certification.

(2) (ii) Requirements for sponsors regarding accreditation of self-study courses.

For all pre-recorded courses approved for credit by the MCLE Board:

(A) The Ssponsors are required to must affix on the outside of the recording: each audio or video tape, CD-ROM, motion pictures, electronic or other such systems or devices approved for credit by the Board,

(i) Tthe name of the sponsor;,

(ii) Tthe name of the program course;,

(iii) Tthe date originally recorded;,

(iv) Tthe total running time length of the tape in hours and minutes; and

(v) Tthe number of credits for which it has been approved. Computer assisted self-study programs are not subject to this provision.

(B) (iii) Sponsors are not required to submit a copyies of the self-study course audio or video tape, CD-ROM, motion pictures, electronic or other such systems or devices with applications for approval the Form 1, but must provide copies to. Tthe MCLE Board on request, however, reserves the right to obtain on demand a copy of any tape, CD-ROM, motion pictures, electronic or other such systems or devices, submitted for approval.

(C) (iv) If a live seminar course was is approved by the Board, the video or audio tape pr electronic recorded version of that seminar course is deemed automatically approved if the sponsor creates a "duplicate" Form 1 at the MCLE web site or submits a paper Form 1 for the recorded version of the course without the sponsor submitting a second application for approval.

(D) Written materials distributed at the live course seminar must also be distributed with the pre-recorded course taped or electronic seminar.

(v) Regulation 104(a) regarding the distribution of written materials applies to taped or electronic seminars as well as live seminars. It does not necessarily apply to computer assisted self-study programs.

(E) (vi) As a general rule, tThe accreditation-of all tapes, the pre-recorded course expires five years after the date the course was originally recorded, except those determined by the MCLE Board to be purely skills training tapes courses., expires five years after the date the tape was originally recorded.

(2) Attendance at courses that have not applied for or received approval as courses. Applicants may receive individual approval for attendance at a course which would have been approved if the sponsor had applied for credit by submitting Form 1.

(i) (3) Credit for Nnexus courses credit. A lawyer may earn credits for actually Aattending, or teaching, or participating at a course that does not qualify for approval under these regulations and does not directly deal with the practice of law but that where there is a substantially relatedionship to the lawyer's field area of practice. To earn such credits, and the lawyer must demonstrates that the topic, depth, and skill level will improve the lawyer's competence to practice law. A course which does not directly deal with the practice of law, such as a medical course, a child abuse program or some similar offering, may not qualify for approval of a course under Regulation 104(a). Individual attorneys who practice in those areas will have a direct benefit from attending such a course, however. Upon a showing of nexus between an individual's law practice and such a course. CLE credit may be given to that individual attorney even though the course itself does not qualify for credit.

(j) (4) Credit for Wwriting and Eediting Aactivities. Credit for writing and or editing activities may be is granted sparingly, and only on a case by case basis. A lawyer may earn one live credit for every 60 minutes spent in writing and editing activities, up to a maximum of 10 live credits per writing activity, under the following conditions:

(1) that prior approval is secured and tThe writing or editing in question meets the standards of Regulation 104(a) these regulations;,

(2) and that it The writing is actually published for the education of the Bar by an entity recognized in the legal community as a publisher of legal works; and

(3) The Wwriting or editing is not performed for or on behalf of a client or prospective client, for marketing purposes, or in the course of the regular practice of law, is not eligible for credit. See Regulation 104 (d)(3). Credit for writing or editing activities shall be granted sparingly, and only on a case by case basis. In appropriate circumstances, the CLE Board may waive the prior approval requirement and grant credit retroactively if the quality standards are met. The CLE Board may also waive the prior approval requirement where the publisher has demonstrated uniform adherence to the Standards of 104(a). Writers or editors, whose work has been approved, may claim up to a maximum of 10.00 CLE credit hours. The number of actual hours claimed should be based on the number of hours spent in preparing the material, but in no case may more than 10.00 credit hours be claimed.

(k) Credit for courses for lawyers in foreign countries and/or remote locations in the United States.

(1) A lawyer may earn credit for programs outside the United States, including courses concerning laws of jurisdictions outside the United States, if those courses are approved for credit by the MCLE Board.

(2) A lawyer residing in a foreign country where standard live CLE courses are unavailable may earn credit for courses that do not fully meet the standards of these regulations and which would not be approved if offered within the United States. In determining whether to grant credit for such courses, the MCLE Board shall consider, among other things, the availability of courses in the area involved and the good faith attempts of the lawyer to comply with the requirements of APR 11 and these regulations.

(3) With approval from the MCLE Board, a lawyer in a foreign country with no reasonable opportunities for attendance at live CLE programs may earn a maximum of 45 credits per reporting period through approved self-study courses or by attending informal CLE programs developed and presented by lawyers in the foreign jurisdiction.

(4) With approval from the MCLE Board, a lawyer in a location within the United States that is very remote and removed from reasonable opportunities for attendance at live CLE programs may earn a maximum of 45 credits per reporting period through approved self-study courses. Such approval will be granted sparingly.

(l) (c) Examples of courses or activities that may qualify for credit. The following types of activities may be approved for credit, subject to the other provisions of these regulations:

(1) Courses about Attending or participating in programs that deal with the problems of running a law office may be approved. - iIn particular, docket control, malpractice avoidance, and education on substance abuse by lawyers and other legal professionals, or assistants will qualify for approval, time management, increasing office efficiency, business planning, office financial management, billing and collections procedures, office technology, and customer service, as each relates to the practice of law.

(2) Programs Courses that are designed to improve an attorney's lawyer's communication skills for communicating with his or her clients and or to improve the attorney lawyer-client relationship will be approved.

(3) (2) Courses or self study programs on how to conduct electronic legal research may be approved subject to the other provisions of these regulations.

(4) (3) Alternate dispute resolution courses may be approved subject to the other provisions of these regulations.

(4) CLE credit will be given for attending law school courses, including courses offered at the J.D. or advanced education levels based upon the actual hours of attendance. Applicants need not take exams to qualify for credit, but must otherwise comply with the applicable regulations of the law school or university involved. Credit for teaching law school courses by full-time teachers will not qualify for credit. However, for the first preparation leading to the teaching of a specific law school course by an adjunct (not a full-time) professor, credit will be given on the basis of ten hours of preparation credit for each hour of presentation time, and one credit will be given for each hour of class presentation time to a maximum of 15 credit hours of presentation time each year.

(5) Credit will not be given for A lawyer's attendanceing at Bbar review/refresher courses offered in preparation for the Washington State Bar examination, but credit may be given for attending bar review/refresher course offered in jurisdictions other than Washington, on the basis of 1.00 one credit for each classroom hour of actual instruction or audio/videotaped instruction.

(6) Courses sponsored by or involving participation by a company that provides services or products to the legal community, but only if the written material does not include prepared promotional literature, and:

(A) There is no marketing of that company during the program; or

(B) There is equal treatment in any discussion and written materials of alternate vendors of the particular product or service.

Programs outside the United States may be given credit, subject to the following provisions.

(i) Seminars concerning laws of jurisdictions outside the United States can qualify for CLE credit. It is not necessary to return to the United States or to Washington State in order to obtain CLE credits.

(ii) In recognition of the potential unavailability, in certain geographical areas, or courses and programs meeting the criteria of Regulation 104, the CLE Board, or its Executive Secretary, may grant approval of courses, offered in such areas, which do not fully meet the standards of Regulation 104 and which, accordingly, would not be approved if offered within the United States. Decisions relative to the approval of such courses are within the discretion of the CLE Board, which shall, among other things, consider the availability of programs in the area involved and the good faith attempts of the member affected to comply with the requirements of APR 11.

(iii) If the foreign location is very remote and removed from reasonable opportunities for attendance at live CLE programs, it is possible to fully comply with CLE requirements by viewing videotapes, listening to audiotapes or by attending informal CLE programs developed and presented by lawyers in the foreign jurisdiction, with approval of the CLE Board. Under any of these circumstances, CLE credits may be awarded on the basis of 1.00 credit per hour. Applications should be made in advance of the activity in question, in order to confirm that CLE credit is available, prior to the commitment of time and resources to the activity.

(iv) CLE credit may be given for attending law school courses, including courses offered at the J.D. or advanced education levels based upon actual hours of attendance. Applicants need not take exams to qualify for credit, but must otherwise comply with the applicable regulations of the law school or university involved.

(m) (d) Examples of The following activities will that do not qualify for credit: The following types of activities will not be approved for credit:

(1) Teaching a legal subject to non-lawyers in an activity or course that would not qualify those attending be approved for CLE credit if taught to lawyers.

(2) Programs that are primarily designed to teach attorneys lawyers how to improve market share, attract clients or increase profits will not be approved, unless the program primarily focuses on topic areas that include, but are not limited to, marketing ethics, case law updates, conflicts of interest, or conflicts of law.

(3) nor will pPrograms primarily designed to be a sales vehicle for a service or product. While a company which provides services or products to the legal community may wish to participate in or sponsor law office management seminars, those courses will be approved for credit only if there is no discussion or literature promoting that company, other than the biographical material about the speakers, or there is equal treatment in discussion and written materials of alternate vendors of the particular product or service, and the written material does not include prepared promotional literature.

(4) (3) Writing for or on behalf of a client, or for the regular practice of law.

(5) (4) As a reward for mMeritorious legal work, such as pro bono work, except as provided in Reg. 103(f)(g).

(6) Bar review/refresher courses offered in preparation for the Washington State Bar examination.

(7) (5) Jury duty.

(8) (6) Programs primarily designed to enhance a person's ability to present or prepare a continuing education program will not be approved.

(9) Private law firm, corporate legal department, or government agency sponsored courses that are focused directly on a pending case, action or matter being handled by the private law firm, corporate legal department or government agency sponsor.

(e) Private Law Firm, Legal Department, and Government Agency Education. In addition to compliance with the requirements of Regulation 104(a) and the limitations described below, courses presented by Private Law Firms ("Law Firms"), in-house Legal Departments ("Legal Departments"), and federal, state, local, and military agencies and organizations ("Government Agencies") may be approved for credit under the provisions of APR 11 on the following bases:

(1) Approval of such courses may be granted only on a case by case basis. Accredited Sponsor status (as set forth in Regulation 106) will not be available for Law Firm, Legal Department, or Government Agency sponsors. The CLE Board may, however, consider the sponsoring organization's experience in presenting similar programs.

(i) If a Private Legal Sponsor contracts with an outside CLE provider to present a CLE, then the Private Legal Sponsor must register as the sponsor of the CLE program. The outside CLE provider is not the sponsor in this situation.

(ii) Nothing herein, however, shall be construed to prohibit or discourage Private Legal Sponsors from contracting with CLE providers to provide training, nor shall a CLE sponsor lose its accredited status because it provides courses or training to Private Legal Sponsors.

(2) All information called for by Form 1, including a complete course schedule with time allocations, must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date scheduled for the class. High quality written materials are required and should be distributed to all attendees at or before the time the course is presented. A critique form or evaluation sheet and an attendance sheet, which attendees will complete, must be submitted to the CLE Board within 30 days after the program.

(3) The course must be attended by five (5) or more lawyers admitted to any Bar Association, excluding the instructors.

(4) Courses sponsored by Private Legal Sponsors may be open or closed to non-members of the Private Legal Sponsor provided that notice of such courses shall be published on the WSBA's MCLE web page.

(5) Marketing of the Private Legal Sponsor in any manner is not permitted including but not limited to the display of brochures, pamphlets or other Private Legal Sponsor advertising. Persons or organizations may not state or imply that the WSBA or the CLE Board approves or endorses any person or organization.

(6) No course provided by a Private Legal Sponsor shall focus directly or indirectly on a pending case, action or matter being handled by the Private Legal Sponsor.

(7) Additional regulations pertaining to Law Firms:

(i) No course provided by a Law Firm shall be paid for or in any way underwritten in whole or part, directly or indirectly by a client or prospective or former client of the Law Firm.

(ii) Members shall be entitled to a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours in any reporting period for courses provided by a Law Firm.

(8) Additional regulation pertaining to Legal Departments - Members shall be entitled to a maximum of fifteen (15) credit hours in any reporting period for courses provided by a legal Department.

(9) Additional regulation pertaining to Government Agencies - If a course is closed, any written materials need to be made available to any inquirer.


[Regulation 104 adopted effective July 26, 1995; amended effective May 2, 2000; July 11, 2000; March 30, 2004; amended effective November 8, 2005.]


Regulation 1045. Procedure Applying for Approval Accreditation of Continuing Legal Education an Activityies. Subject to the requirements and restrictions of APR 11 and these regulations, sponsoring organizations or individual lawyers may apply for accreditation of an activity. The MCLE Board, with the approval of the WSBA Board of Governors, may adopt and assess a fee on sponsoring organizations or individuals for the purpose of defraying the costs of processing applications for accreditation of courses or activities.

(a) Application by sponsor.

(1) Submitting Form 1. An active member or sponsoring organization desiring approval may apply for accreditation of a continuing legal education course or activity shall by submitting a completed Form 1 to the WSBA MCLE Board staff, together with payment of the required fee, if any all information called for by Form No. 1.

(2) Private law firm and corporate legal department sponsors. Private law firms and corporate legal departments must:

(A) Register as the sponsor of a course if they either present the course or contract with an outside CLE provider to present the course.

(B) Submit completed Form 1s by no later than 14 days before the first presentation day of the activity. Failure to submit the Form 1 at least 14 days in advance of the activity may result in imposition of a late fee and/or denial of accreditation for the activity.

(3) Government sponsors. Government sponsors must:

(A) Register as the sponsor of a course if they either present the course or contract with an outside CLE provider to present the course;

(B) Submit completed Form 1s by no later than 14 days before the first presentation day of the activity. Failure to submit the Form 1 at least 14 days in advance of an activity may result in imposition of a late fee and/or denial of the accreditation of the activity; and

(C) If a closed course cannot be audited by the MCLE Board or its designees due to confidentiality rules or regulations, this must be stated on the Form 1.

(4) Accreditation of same course. A sponsor may apply for accreditation of a course that is the same as an accredited course presented by that sponsor within 12 months from the original date of accreditation, by creating a duplicate Form 1 on the MCLE website or submitting a paper Form 1 for each subsequent presentation. Such duplicate or paper Form 1s must be submitted by no later than one day before the subsequent presentation of the previously approved activity.

(b) Approval shall be granted or denied in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 108 herein.

(5) (c) Accreditation statement in brochures. If As to a course that has been approved and accredited within the last twelve months, the sponsoring organization may announce, in informational brochures and/or registration materials: "This course has been approved for ______ hours of Washington MCLE credit, including _____ hours of ethics/professionalism credit."

(6) Reporting attendance. After the conclusion of the presentation of a course, the sponsor must submit an attendance report showing the actual attendance time of each lawyer, either through the MCLE website or by submitting it to the Executive Secretary, within 30 days after the program.

(b) Application by individual lawyer.

(1) Submitting Form 1. A lawyer may apply to receive credit for a continuing legal education course or activity by submitting a completed Form 1 to the WSBA MCLE staff for that activity, along with any other materials or information required by these regulations or requested by the WSBA MCLE staff, the Executive Secretary, or the MCLE Board.

(2) No individual application for private law firm or corporate legal department sponsored course. A lawyer who is associated with or employed by a private law firm or corporate legal department that maintains an office within Washington State may not apply to receive credit for a continuing legal education course sponsored by that private law firm or corporate legal department for which the sponsor did not submit a completed Form 1.

(3) Individual lawyer as sponsor. A lawyer who is the sponsor of a CLE program must submit a Form 1 as a sponsor, not as an individual lawyer, and follow all rules and regulations applicable to sponsors.

(d) The CLE Board may establish and assess sponsoring organizations or individuals a fee for the purpose of defraying the costs of processing applications for accreditation of courses submitted for CLE credit, such fee to be established from time to time by the CLE Board and approved by the Board of Governors.


[Regulation 105 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 1056. Accreditedation of Sponsorsing Organizations

(a) General provisions. The Executive Secretary CLE Board may extend approveal to a sponsoring organizations as for all of the continuing legal education activities sponsored by such organization which conform to Regulation 104. A sponsoring agency to which such general approval has been extended shall be known as an "accredited sponsors". The following apply to all accredited sponsors:

(1) Accredited sponsors are not required to seek approval for individual courses that they sponsor.

(2) All courses sponsored by an accredited sponsor and in compliance with APR 11 and these regulations are considered approved by the MCLE Board, subject to review by the MCLE Board.

(3) For any course it is sponsoring, an accredited sponsor may state the following (or something substantially similar) in the promotional or registration materials: This activity has been approved for Washington State MCLE credit in the amount of ____ hours (of which ____ hours will apply to ethics credit requirements).

(4) Approval of a course and/or the award of credits made by an accredited sponsor may be reviewed at any time, and accepted or rejected by the MCLE Board, Executive Secretary, and/or WSBA MCLE staff, based on the course's conformance to Regulation 102.

(5) The MCLE Board may set and assess fees and fines, or revoke an organization's accredited sponsor status, for repeated failure to correctly award credit for courses, failure to pay the annual accredited sponsor fee, or for failure to comply with accredited sponsor reporting or other requirements.

(6) Except as specified in this regulation, an accredited sponsor shall continue to be subject to and governed by all provisions of APR 11 and these regulations.

(b) Duties of accredited sponsors. Any sponsoring organization desiring to apply for status that is approved as an accredited sponsor must: shall submit to the CLE Board all information called for in the form required by the Board. Accreditation shall be granted or denied in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 108. A primary consideration in the evaluation of such a request for status as an accredited sponsor shall be the previous experience of the organization in sponsoring and presenting continuing legal education activities. A reasonable fee may be assessed by the CLE Board, with approval of the Board of Governors, with regard to the application. A private law firm shall not qualify for accredited sponsor status.

(c) Once a sponsoring organization has been granted the status of an accredited sponsor, it is not required to seek approval for individual educational activities sponsored while an accredited sponsor. Accredited sponsors

(1) (i) Accurately Shall be responsible for calculateing the number of credits hours to be awarded for each course, by applying the provisions of Regulations 102 and 103.

(2) Submit an accurately completed electronic Form 1 for a course at least one day prior to presentation of the live course or one day prior to making a pre-recorded course available to lawyers.

(3) Keep accurate attendance records for each live course and retain them for six years. An attendance report showing the actual attendance of each lawyer must be submitted through the MCLE website within 30 days of completion of the course.

(4) Provide a critique form or evaluation sheet to all live course attendees. The accredited sponsor must retain the completed forms, or a compilation of all numerical ratings and comments, for two years and provide copies to the MCLE Board upon request.

(5) Demonstrate a continuing ability to provide high-quality continuing legal education activities and to correctly determine credit awards for those activities.

(6) (ii) Shall be responsible for reporting those determinations to the CLE Board prior to the event in such manner as the CLE Board determines.

(iii) Are entitled to include in any materials which promote such activity, language that indicates the activity has been approved for Washington State MCLE credit in the amount of ____ hours (of which ____ hours will apply to ethics credit requirements).

(d) The CLE Board may set fees and fines for faiure to comply with accredited sponsor reporting requirements, including revocation of the accredited sponsor status.

(e) A sponsoring organization which has been granted the status of an accredited sponsor shall, except as otherwise provided in this Regulation 106, continue to be subject to and governed by all provisions of APR 11 and these Regulations.

(f) A sponsoring organization which has been granted the status of accredited sponsor shall provide the CLE Board aAt least yearly annually, provide to the MCLE Board with a list of all its course offerings, identifying the number of lawyers attorneys and non-lawyers attorneys attending each program, and providing any such additional information required by as the MCLE Board may require. The sponsoring organization shall also solicit critiques or evaluations from participants at each program, retain copies, and provide them to the CLE Board upon request. The CLE Board may, upon review of such information, advise the organization that its manner of compliance is improper, and may terminate the organization's status as an accredited sponsor for future offerings.

(7) Pay any required annual accredited sponsor fee.

(8) Permit course audits by the MCLE Board or its designees at no charge.

(9) For any pre-recorded programs not originally offered as a live program by the sponsor, the sponsor must:

(A) Review the content and materials of each such course; and

(B) Ensure that the course is in compliance with all provisions of APR 11 and these regulations.

(c) Applying to become an accredited sponsor.

(1) To apply to become an accredited sponsor, an organization must:

(A) Submit a completed application form and all required documentation, in the required format, to the Executive Secretary, along with payment of any required fee; and

(B) Provide proof to the Executive Secretary that the sponsoring organization has at least three years of previous experience in sponsoring and presenting at least 30 unique continuing legal education activities a year, and that the organization can correctly apply APR 11 and these regulations to determine and award credit for such activities; and

(C) Provide on request information about 10 courses from the previous three years, selected by the Executive Secretary, for evaluation of course content and attendee evaluations.

(2) No private law firm or corporate legal department may be an accredited sponsor.

(3) A request for accredited sponsor status shall be granted or denied by the Executive Secretary after consideration of the application and other materials submitted.

(4) An adverse determination by the Executive Secretary regarding an application for accredited sponsor status may be appealed to the MCLE Board for a final review and decision on the application in a manner consistent with the provisions of Regulation 106.(c).


[Regulation 106 amended effective May 2, 2000; amended effective November 8, 2005.]


Regulation 1067. Delegation by MCLE Board and Executive Secretary

(a) To committees: The MCLE Board may delegate tasks and duties to committees for the purpose of administering and enforcing APR 11 and these regulations.

(b) To Executive Secretary.

(1) Subject to review by the MCLE Board, To facilitate the orderly and prompt administration of APR 11 and these Regulations, and to expedite the processes of, inter alia, course approval, sponsor accreditation and the interpretation of these Regulations, the Executive Secretary is authorized to may act on behalf of the MCLE Board, in reviewing, granting or denying applications for accreditation of continuing legal education activities or applications for accredited legal sponsor status, ensuring compliance with reporting and other requirements and regulations, granting or denying petitions for waivers or for extension of time deadlines, and in providing interpretations of APR 11 and these regulations. The Executive Secretary may delegate to WSBA MCLE staff such of these duties and responsibilities as may be appropriate for timely and orderly administration of the Board's work, subject to review by the Executive Secretary and MCLE Board. pursuant to delegated authority from the Board, under APR 11 and these Regulations. Any adverse determinations and all questions of interpretation of these Regulations or APR 11 by the Executive Secretary shall be subject to review by the CLE Board upon written application by the person adversely affected.

(b) The CLE Board may organize itself into committees for the purpose of considering and deciding matters arising under APR 11 and these Regulations.


[Regulation 107 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 108. Executive Secretary's Determinations and Review

(2) (a) Pursuant to guidelines established by the MCLE Board, the Executive Secretary shall provide a written description of any action taken, in response to written requests for approval of courses or accreditation of sponsors, awarding of credit for attending, teaching or participating in approved courses, writing and editing, waivers, extensions of time deadlines and interpretations of APR 11 and these rRegulations., make a written response describing the action taken. The Executive Secretary may seek a determination of the Board before making such response.

(3) Upon request by At each meeting of the MCLE Board, the Executive Secretary shall report on all determinations made since the last meeting of the MCLE Board.

(c) (b) Review of Executive Secretary's actions.

(1) Any person or organization affected by The CLE Board shall review any appeals of adverse determinations or any question of interpretation of these regulations or APR 11 made by the Executive Secretary or his or her delegate may seek MCLE Board review by filing a written petition.

(2) The petitioning active member person or the sponsoring organization affected may present information to the MCLE Board in writing or in person or both.

(3) If tThe MCLE Board shall review petitions for review of adverse determinations made by the Executive Secretary.

(4) The MCLE Board finds that the Executive Secretary has incorrectly interpreted the facts, the provisions of APR 11, or the provisions of these Regulations, it may take such appropriate action as may be appropriate after review of a petition and any other relevant information presented to it, and the. The CLE Board shall advise the active affected person member or sponsoring organization affected in writing of its findings and any action taken.


[Regulation 108 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 109. Submission of Information _ Credit for Teaching or Participating

An active member who seeks credit for teaching or participating in an approved continuing legal education activity shall report additional credits pursuant to Regulation 103(d) in the member's CLE certification every three years.


[Regulation 109 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 10710. Exemptions, Waivers, Modifications

(a) Undue hardship, age, or disability. As a general proposition, aAll active members of the Bar Association WSBA and other lawyers as established from time to time by the APRs or these regulations, are required to comply with the provisions of APR 11 and these regulations. The alternative to compliance is transfer to inactive status. The MCLE Board may grant extensions, waivers or modifications of the time deadlines or education requirements because of undue hardship, age, or disability of a lawyer. specified in APR 11 and these Regulations Applications for extensions, waivers or modifications shall be made in writing and supported by a sworn statement in the form of an affidavit or declaration.

(b) Undue Hardship, Age, or Disability. Exemptions from the continuing legal education requirement, or waivers, or modifications of such requirement, based upon undue hardship, age or disability should be granted only sparingly. All applications for exemptions, waivers and modifications shall be retained by the MCLE Board.

(1) Applications for extensions, waivers or modifications must be made in writing and supported by a sworn statement in the form of an affidavit or declaration.

(2) Consequently, before the CLE Board will consider granting an application for exemption, waiver or modification based upon these grounds, tThe applicant must establish to the satisfaction of the MCLE Board that (1) such condition of undue hardship, age, or disability warrants granting an exemption, waiver, or modification.;

(3) and (2) the applicant has not been in and will not be engaged in the unsupervised practice of law during the relevant period.

An application for exemption, waiver, or modification, including the sworn statement in support thereof, shall must be filed for each reporting period for which the exemption, waiver or modification is sought and shall be retained in the files of the CLE Board.

(4) Neither a lawyer's status with the WSBA, nor the lawyer's other duties and obligations as established by the WSBA bylaws or by court rules and regulations, are affected by the Individuals grantinged of an exemption, waiver, or modification from of the continuing legal education requirements under this regulation. on the above-stated basis may continue to hold the status of active member of the Bar Association. The granting of such an exemption does not, in any way, affect or diminish active member's duties and obligations as established by the bylaws, rules and regulations of the Bar Association or the Supreme Court.

(5) The MCLE Board may revoke an Eexemptions, waivers, or modification from the continuing legal education requirements may be revoked by the CLE Board upon if there is a change in the facts or circumstances upon which such exemption, waiver, or modification was granted.

(b) (c) Judicial exemption Status.

(1) Full time. Full-time judges, magistrates, court commissioners, administrative law judges, and the Washington State Supreme Court clerk or assistant clerk members of the judiciary, who are prohibited by statute, code, regulation, or court rule from practicing law, are exempt from the continuing legal education requirement established by APR 11. The exemption ends when the full-time judicial position ends, if the member is on active status with the WSBA.

(2) Part time. Part-time or pro- tem judges, magistrates, court commissioners, administrative law judges, and court clerks who are active members of the WSBA Bar Association, are fully subject to the requirements of APR 11.

Judges who have been exempt, upon return to active membership status, are fully subject to the continuing legal education requirements during the year in which they return to practice.

(c) (d) Legislative Status and gubernatorial exemption.

(1) Active WSBA Mmembers otherwise subject to the continuing legal education requirements of APR 11, who are also members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation and or Mmembers of the Washington State Legislature, or who are currently serving as the Governor of Washington State otherwise subject to the continuing legal education requirements of APR 11 as active members of the Bar Association, are specifically exempted, during terms of office and while otherwise members in good standing of the Bar Association, from the requirements of APR 11 for the reporting period(s) during which they are in office.

(2) This exemption applies only to the members of the Washington State Congressional Delegation, and to members of the Washington State Legislature, under the terms and conditions stated above. The exemption does not apply extend to active lawyers members who are of the Bar Association:

(A) (1) sServing in the legislature of any other state;

(B) (2) sServing in the administrative branch of any state government; or

(C) (3) sServing on the staff of any member of the Washington State Congressional Delegation or the Washington State Legislature, or the Washington State Governor.

(d) Active military duty. Active lawyers who are employed in the armed forces of the United States may be granted an exemption, waiver, or modification of the continuing legal education requirement established by APR 11, upon proof of undue hardship.

(e) No exemption for Aactive lawyers members living outside the United States. Active lawyers members of the Bar Association who live or are employed outside the United States are required to comply with the continuing legal education requirements of APR 11, unless they otherwise qualify under these regulations for an exemption for a different reason. as provided for in Reg. 104 (c)(6), or to transfer to inactive status until such time as compliance can be attained.

(f) Active Military Duty. Members employed by the military may be granted an exemption, waiver, or modification upon proof of undue hardship.


[Regulation 110 amended effective August 3, 2004]


Regulation 108. Reinstatement of Continuing Education Requirements.

(a) A lawyer who was not required to comply with the education or reporting requirements of APR 11 and these regulations for any reason, who returns to being subject to those requirements, retains the lawyer's original assigned reporting group (Group 1, 2, or 3), and is subject to the requirements immediately.

(b) Reinstatement is conditioned on compliance with the reinstatement requirements of the WSBA Bylaws.


Regulation 111. Noncompliance: Board Procedures

An active member who has not complied with the educational or reporting requirements of APR 11 and these Regulations by May 1 of each calendar year, may be ordered suspended from the practice of law by the Supreme Court pending compliance with APR 11.

To effect such removal, the CLE Board shall send to the non-complying active member, by certified mail directed to the member's last known address as maintained on the records of the Washington State Bar Association, a written notice of non-compliance advising such active member of the pendency of suspension proceedings unless within ten (10) days of receipt of such notice such active member completes and returns to the CLE Board an accompanying form of petition, which may itself be accompanied by supportive affidavit(s), in support of a request for extension of time for, or waiver of, compliance with the requirements of APR 11 and these Regulations or for a ruling by the CLE Board of substantial compliance with said requirements.

(a) If such petition is not so filed, such lack of action shall be deemed acquiescence by the active member in the finding of non-compliance. The CLE Board shall, pursuant to APR 11.6 (c)(1), report such fact to the Supreme Court with the CLE Board's recommendations for appropriate action. The Supreme Court shall enter such order as it deems appropriate.

(b) If such petition be so filed, the CLE Board may, in its discretion, approve the same without hearing, or may enter into an agreement on terms with such active member as to time and other requirements for achieving compliance with APR 11 and these Regulations.

(c) If the CLE Board does not so approve such petition or enter into such agreement, the CLE Board shall hold a hearing upon the petition and shall give the active member at least ten (10) days notice of the time and place thereof. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with APR 11.6 (c)(3). At the discretion of the chairperson, the hearing may be held before the entire Board or before a committee thereof. A full stenographic or tape record of the hearing may be taken at the request and expense of the active member affected. Testimony taken at the hearing shall be under oath and the oath shall be administered by the chairperson. The CLE Board or committee thereof may admit any relevant evidence, including hearsay evidence. As to each such petition and hearing, the CLE Board or committee thereof shall enter written findings of fact and an appropriate order, a copy of which shall be transmitted by certified mail to the active member affected at the address of such member on file with the Washington State Bar Association. Any such order shall be final and, in case of an adverse determination, shall be transmitted to the Supreme Court unless within ten (10) days from the date thereof the active member shall file a written appeal of the CLE Board's decision to the Supreme Court.


[Regulation 111 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 112. Appeal

(a) Appeal to Supreme Court. An adverse decision of the CLE Board may be appealed, by the active member affected, to the Supreme Court in accordance with the applicable provisions of APR 11.6. As to such appeals, the CLE Board shall be represented by its chairperson, such other member of the CLE Board as shall be designated by the chairperson, or by the Executive Secretary, or other counsel designated by the chairperson.


[Regulation 112 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 113. Reinstatement of Members Who Voluntarily Transferred to Inactive Status

(a) A person who transferred to inactive status while in full compliance with APR 11 and who desires reinstatement to active status must comply with the applicable bylaws and procedures of the Washington State Bar Association pertaining to such change of membership status, including the filing of an application with the Board of Governors of the Bar Association in such form as is prescribed by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors shall determine whether such application shall be granted and compliance with APR 11 and these Regulations is only one factor pertaining to such determination. Upon reinstatement to active status, if the person missed a reporting period during the time he or she was on inactive status, the person must report 15.00 credit hours per year since the person last reported credits.

(b) An active member who voluntarily transfers to inactive status when he or she has not complied with APR 11 and its Regulations, must make up any deficiency remaining at the time of the transfer to inactive status, complete an additional 15.00 credit hours for each year following the transfer to inactive status, and fully comply with the provisions of APR 11 and these Regulations before he or she can be reinstated as an active member.

(1) Upon compliance with the immediately preceding provision of this Regulation, the CLE Board shall notify the Board of Governors of the Bar Association that the inactive member has satisfied the minimum continuing legal education requirements of APR 11 and these Regulations. A copy of that notification shall be sent to the inactive member.

(2) Once notification of compliance has been received, the inactive member may seek reinstatement pursuant to Regulation 114(a).

(c) A person who has been transferred from inactive to active status by the Board of Governors shall, immediately upon transfer, be subject to the provisions of APR 11 and these Regulations as any other active member of the Bar Association.

(d) The reinstated member retains the original reporting period to which he or she was initially admitted to the Bar Association.

(e) An inactive member who is reinstated to active status in the second or third year of the member's assigned group reporting period will be required to report 15.00 credits per year of active status within the reporting period, i.e. second year reinstatement - 30.00 credits; third year reinstatement - 15.00 credits. These credits must be reported at the end of the reporting period.


[Regulation 113 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 10914. Reinstatement of Lawyers Members Suspended from Practice for Failure to Comply with APR 11

(a) To be reinstated to active status with the WSBA after being An active member who, pursuant to APR 11.6 (c) - (g), Regulation 112 or 113, is suspended from practice for failure to comply with APR 11 and its Rregulations, a lawyer must:

(1) File a completed application to return to active status with the WSBA, together with any required application fee;

(2) mMake up the any deficiency and fully comply with the provisions APR 11 and these Rregulations before he or she can be reinstated as an active member.;

(3) Pay all required fees, late fees, and/or penalties; and

(4) Fully comply with any additional requirements imposed by the Admission to Practice Rules or the WSBA Bylaws.

(b) Once a suspended lawyer member has complied with the immediately preceding provisions of this Regulation 109(a), the MCLE Board shall recommend to notify the Supreme Court that the suspended member lawyer be reinstated to active status, and refer the matter to the Supreme Court for entry of an appropriate order. has satisfied the requirements of APR 11 and these Regulations. A copy of that notification shall be sent to the suspended member.

(c) Once the Supreme Court has reinstated the suspended member, the reinstated member shall be subject to all provisions of APR 11 and its regulations and retains the original reporting period to which he or she was initially admitted to the Bar.

(d) A suspended member who is reinstated to active status in the second or third year of the member's assigned group reporting period will be required to report 15.00 credits per year of active status within the reporting period, i.e. second year reinstatement - 30.00 credits; third year reinstatement - 15.00 credits. These credits must be reported at the end of the reporting period.


[Regulation 114 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 11015. Rulemaking Authority

(a) The MCLE Board, subject to the approval of the Board of Governors and the Supreme Court, has continuing authority to make Rregulations consistent with APR 11 in furtherance of the development and regulation of continuing legal education for Washington attorneys and the regulation thereof lawyers.

(b) The MCLE Board may adopt policies, consistent with these regulations, to provide guidance in the administration of these regulations and APR 11. The MCLE Board will notify the Board of Governors of any policies that which it adopts. The Board of Governors will review any such policies at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Unless the Board of Governors objects, such policiesy will become effective 60 days after promulgation by the MCLE Board

(c) Subject to approval by the WSBA Board of Governors, the MCLE Board may adopt and assess any fees that may be required to timely and appropriately administer APR 11 and these regulations, as well as to offset the reasonably necessary costs of all functions under APR 11 and these regulations that are performed by the MCLE Board and its designees.


[Regulation 115 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 1116. Confidentiality

The files and records of the MCLE Board and/or the WSBA, as they may relatinge to or arisinge out of any lawyer's failure of a member of the Washington State Bar Association to satisfy comply with the continuing legal education requirements of APR 11 and these Rregulations, shall be deemed are confidential. Such records and shall not be disclosed except in furtherance of the MCLE Board's or WSBA's duties, or upon the affected lawyer's request of the member affected, the Supreme Court's direction, or pursuant to a proper subpoena duces tecum, or as directed by the Supreme Court.


[Regulation 116 amended effective May 2, 2000.]


Regulation 1127. Out-of-Sstate Compliance

(a) The MCLE Board has determined that the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements in Oregon, Idaho, and Utah substantially meet Washington's continuing legal education requirements. These states are designated as comity states.

(b) An active member lawyer whose principal office for the practice of law place of business is not in the State of Washington may comply with these rules and regulations by filing a certificate of compliance report from a comity state MCLE office as required by APR 11.6(b) in which the member that certifies that the member lawyer is subject to the MCLE Rrequirements of that other jurisdiction and that the member has complied with that other jurisdiction's the MCLE Rrequirements of that jurisdiction during the member's lawyer's reporting period, provided that the CLE Board has determined that the requirements established by these rule are substantially met by the requirements of the other jurisdiction.

(b) The CLE Board has determined that the Continuing Legal Education requirements in Washington are substantially met by the Continuing Legal Education requirements of the following other jurisdictions: Oregon, Idaho, and Utah.


[Regulation 117 amended effective May 2, 2000.]

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