Nov. 2021 > Need to Know

News & Information of Interest to WSBA Members

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License Renewal

License renewal began in November and must be completed by Feb. 1, 2022. License renewal includes paying the annual license fee and any mandatory assessments, certifying MCLE compliance, completing the trust account declaration, and disclosing professional liability insurance or financial responsibility.

Certify MCLE Compliance

If you are in the extended 2018-2021 or 2019-2021 reporting period, then you are due to report CLE credits and certify MCLE compliance. The deadline for completing credits is Dec. 31, 2021. The certification must be completed online or be postmarked or delivered to the WSBA by Feb. 1, 2022. Visit to learn more.

License Fee Payment Plan Option Available

If you are experiencing financial challenges, you may contact us about our payment plan option available to all licensed legal professionals. Payments may be made in up to five installments with the balance required to be paid in full by Feb. 1, 2022. A license fee hardship exemption is available for active licensed legal professionals who qualify. Visit to learn more.

Voluntary Demographic Information

Please update your information at or contact the Service Center to request a paper form. This information assists the WSBA in understanding the demographic makeup of our licensed legal professionals.

Join a Section or Renew Your Membership

The Section Membership Year is Jan. 1–Dec. 31. Visit to learn more.

Pro Bono Status

If you are considering going inactive, pro bono status (formerly known as emeritus pro bono status) is a great alternative that lets you provide pro bono services through a qualified legal services provider. Starting with the 2021 licensing year, the license fee will be waived for pro bono status members who completed at least 30 hours of pro bono service with a qualified legal service provider in the prior year. Visit to learn more.

Judicial Status

Please note that you are required to inform the Bar within 10 days of your retirement or your ineligibility for judicial status (and you must apply to change to another status or to resign). Visit to learn more.

Important Dates

  • Dec. 31, 2021: Licensed legal professionals in the extended 2018-2021 and 2019-2021 reporting period must complete required MCLE credits.
  • Feb. 1, 2022: Deadline for requesting the one-time License Fee Hardship Exemption.
  • Feb. 1, 2022: License renewal, payment(s), and MCLE certification, if applicable, must be completed online or postmarked.

WSBA Board Feedback

Send your feedback to boardfeedback@wsba.orgPlease note that all WSBA emails are subject to public records requests.

Receive Notice of Upcoming Board Meetings

Join the Board meeting notice subscription list to receive WSBA Board of Governors meeting notices straight to your inbox! To join, email or complete the form at

Opportunities to Comment on Proposed Court Rule Amendments

The WSBA encourages members to actively monitor and provide feedback when the Washington Supreme Court is considering amendments to its rules. Keep track of opportunities to comment at, or visit the court’s website at


Character and Fitness Board

The Character and Fitness Board seeks board members from Congressional Districts 4, 8, and 9 with more than five years as an active WSBA member. Members on this unique board conduct hearings to determine whether applicants for admission to the practice of law can meet their burden to demonstrate that they have the good moral character and fitness required to engage in the practice of law. Terms are three years. The Board generally convenes one day a month, and most hearings last all day. If interested, please email or visit

NJP Board

The WSBA Board of Governors is accepting applications for the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) Board of Directors. The Board of Governors will appoint three attorney members to serve three-year terms, commencing January 2022. Incumbents are eligible to apply. This is an opportunity for accomplished individuals who are passionate about NJP’s mission and who have a commitment to providing high-quality civil legal services to low-income people. For more information, please contact César Torres,; or Chiedza Nziramazanga, To apply, email a letter of interest and résumé to by Nov. 19.

Volunteer with the Lawyer Discipline System

Learn more about volunteering as an adjunct disciplinary counsel (ADC). ADCs assist as needed in carrying out the functions of the lawyer discipline system pursuant to Rule 2.9 of the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct. An ADC must have been an active lawyer or judicial member of the WSBA for at least seven years at the time of appointment. Appointment is for a five-year term. Visit or contact to learn more.

Custodians Needed

The WSBA is seeking interested lawyers as potential volunteer custodians of files and records to protect clients’ interests. Visit, or contact Sandra Schilling:, 206-239-2118, 800-945-9722, ext. 2118; or Darlene Neumann:, 206-733-5923, 800-945-9722, ext. 5923.


DEI Resource Library

The DEI Resource Library is where WSBA members can learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts. There are compiled resource lists, books, and articles on the criminal legal system, identity and intersectionality, microaggressions/bias, and race. Visit

Practice Guides Available

Access two practice guides—”The Law Firm Guide to Document Retention” and “The Law Firm Guide to Disaster Planning and Recovery”—as well as other law firm guides and templates at

Special Discount on WSBA Career Center Extended

Nonprofit, government, and small-firm employers can post job openings on the WSBA Career Center,, at 50 percent of standard rates. This special discount, offered to prevent pricing from becoming a barrier as the legal community continues to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, has been extended through March 31, 2022. Contact Mike Credit at 727-494-6565 Ext 3332 or for more information.

Career Consultation

Get help with your résumé, networking tips, and more——or email

Free Consultations and Practice-Management Assistance

The WSBA offers free resources and education on practice management issues. For more information, visit You can also schedule a free phone consultation with a WSBA practice-management advisor. Visit to get started.

Lending Library

The WSBA Lending Library is open to members for both in-person and online checkouts. We have made a few changes to be aware of. For more information, visit or email


Ethics Line

Members facing ethical dilemmas can talk with WSBA professional responsibility counsel for informal guidance. Learn more at or call 206-727-8284.

WSBA Advisory Opinions

WSBA advisory opinions are available online at For assistance, call the Ethics Line at 206-727-8284.


Judges Need Help Too

The Judicial Assistance and Services Program (JASP) provides confidential support for judges, or those who are concerned about a judge. Contact Susanna Kanther, Psy.D., at 415-572-3803. Visit

The ‘Unbar’ Alcoholics Anonymous Group

The Washington Unbar Alcoholics Anonymous group for legal professionals has been meeting weekly for almost 30 years. The group meets Wednesdays, 12:15–1:30 p.m., and Sundays, 7–8 p.m. Currently, the group meets online via Zoom, and attorneys from all over Washington participate. For more information and Zoom credentials contact


Sign Up for Low Bono

The Moderate Means Program connects moderate income clients with family, housing, consumer law, and unemployment cases to legal professionals who offer reduced fees. Family law lawyers and LLLTs are especially needed due to a backlog of cases stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more at or email

New Lawyers List Serve

This list serve is a discussion platform for new lawyers of the WSBA. To join, email

ALPS Attorney Match

Attorney Match is a free online networking tool made available through the WSBA-endorsed professional liability partner, ALPS. Learn more at, or email


Nov. 2021 Usury

The usury rate for November 2021 is 12.00%. The auction yield of the Oct. 4, 2021, auction of the six-month Treasury Bill was 0.056%.


Goldmark Award Luncheon

The Legal Foundation of Washington’s 36th Annual Goldmark Award Luncheon will be a virtual gathering on Feb. 22, 2022, from noon to 1 p.m. Please save the date and join LFW in honoring Annie Lee, executive director and co-founder of TeamChild, with the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award. All proceeds support civil legal aid for families and youth experiencing poverty in Washington. Register at

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COVID-19 News to Know

Court Emergency Operations & Closures

The Washington Supreme Court has published a COVID-19 response page, which is a compilation of its emergency orders and court modifications:

Law Office Reopening Guide

The WSBA Coronavirus Response Task Force compiled recommendations for how to safely reopen a law office. Find the guide “Reopening Safely: A Guide for Washington State Law Offices,” at