GR 12.1 - Washington State Bar Association Administration of Supreme Court-Created Boards and CommitteesComments for GR 12.1 must be received no later than November 27, 2006.
GR 9 Cover Sheet
Submitted by the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association
Purpose: This proposed new General Rule (GR) 12.1 is intended to clarify and formalize the authority of the Washington State Bar Association for boards and committees created by Supreme Court rule or order which are administered by the bar association. There are currently seven boards and committees established by the Supreme Court that the WSBA is directed to administer: the State Board of Continuing Legal Education, the Disciplinary Board, the Limited Practice Board, the Character and Fitness Committee, the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Committee, the Practice of Law Board, and the Access to Justice Board. In drafting this proposed rule, meetings were held with representatives from the Practice of Law Board and the Access to Justice Board, and their concerns were considered in adopting the language of the proposed rule.
The proposed rule provides that for these committees and boards, the WSBA will provide and manage staff support, supervise and monitor their general functions, pay expenses reasonably and necessarily incurred pursuant to a budget approved by the Board of Governors, perform other functions and take other actions as provided in court rule or order or delegated by the Supreme Court, and take other actions as are necessary and proper to enable the board or committee to carry out its duties or functions. This proposed rule follows the current practice of the WSBA in administering these boards and committees.
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