PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION


The WA State Bar, which is under the WA Supreme Court, means that the legal profession is our third branch of government! How can you argue otherwise?  This is not only wrong but it is the vortex of citizen unrest in New York, Georgia, Texas, Florida....


We must make the WA State Bar accountable to the people.   To make the Bar accountable to the people the WA State Bar's Board of Governors must be composed of non-lawyers who are elected for their terms by a vote of the people. It is also necessary to return to the "Grand Jury" for decisions on the evidence when attorney misconduct is alleged.  As long as lawyers hold the keys to justice, we are all at risk of being 'locked out' of our rights and lawful protections. 


To accomplish this goal it will be necessary to change the present law that describes the composition of the WA State Bar's Board.


The present law reads as follows...


 

RCW 2.48.030

Board of governors.

There is hereby constituted a board of governors of the state bar which shall consist of not more than fifteen members, to include: The president of the state bar elected as provided by the bylaws of the association, one member from each congressional district now or hereafter existing in the state elected by secret ballot by mail by the active members residing therein, and such additional members elected as provided by the bylaws of the association. The members of the board of governors shall hold office for three years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Any vacancies in the board of governors shall be filled by the continuing members of the board until the next election, held in accordance with the bylaws of the association.

     The board shall not be deemed to be unlawfully constituted and a member of the board shall not be deemed ineligible to serve the remainder of the member's unexpired term on the board solely by reason of the establishment of new or revised boundaries for congressional districts.




The amended statutes should look something like this;

 


 

RCW 2.48.030

Board of governors. (proposed)

There is hereby constituted a board of governors of the state bar which shall consist of  fifteen members. Members of the Board shall not be attorneys, nor have been a member of the Bar in the preceding 5-year period. New section: Each member shall be elected by a vote of the general population and to serve staggered terms. The president of the state bar elected as provided by the bylaws of the association, one member from each congressional district now or hereafter existing in the state.  The members of the board of governors shall hold office for three years and until their successors are elected and qualified. Any vacancies in the board of governors shall be filled by the continuing members of the board until the next election.


     The board shall not be deemed to be unlawfully constituted and a member of the board shall not be deemed ineligible to serve the remainder of the member's unexpired term on the board solely by reason of the establishment of new or revised boundaries for congressional districts.


 

RCW 2.48.060

Admission and disbarment. (proposed)

The said board of governors shall likewise have power, in its discretion, from time to time to adopt rules, subject to the approval of the supreme court, fixing the qualifications, requirements and procedure for admission to the practice of law; and, with such approval, to establish from time to time and enforce rules of professional conduct for all members of the state bar; and, with such approval, to appoint boards or committees to examine applicants for admission; and, to investigate, prosecute and hear all causes involving discipline, disbarment, suspension or reinstatement, and make recommendations thereon to the supreme court; and, with such approval, to prescribe rules establishing the procedure for the investigation and hearing of such matters, and establishing county or district agencies to assist therein to the extent provided by such rules; [New Section] and to convene a grand jury, if doing so is in the furtherance of justice, so as to hear all evidence and to hand down indictments;  PROVIDED, HOWEVER, That no person who shall have participated in the investigation or prosecution of any such cause shall sit as a member of any board or committee hearing the same.

 


  EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES


Here is an email list of WA State's Senators and Representatives. Just 'cut and past' this list into your emails 'TO:' address box and write a letter about this issue. OR simply refer them to www.fixthewsba.org and say that you support legislation that returns the "judicial br" back to the people of this state and to make the WSBA accountable to citizens.  THIS IS NOT A DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU TO DO!  PLEASE DO IT!


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