Innovation in Law
One of the Practice of Law Board's primary responsibilities is to consider and recommend to the Supreme Court new avenues for persons not currently authorized to practice law to provide legal and law-related services that might otherwise constitute the practice of law as defined in GR 24.
The Board is working to propose a Legal Regulatory Laboratory (formerly known as "Sandbox"). The Laboratory proposes following the Utah Supreme Court's Legal Regulatory sandbox model.
The first version of a brief to the Court describing the proposal with its new name, Data-driven Legal Regulatory Reform, is available here. This brief complements the Blueprint for Legal Regulatory Lab, and an updated version of the Blueprint complimenting the brief is being prepared.
NEW! The Board has published an FAQ on Data-Driven Legal Regulatory Reform, available here.
NEW! The Practice of Law Board met with the Washington Supreme Court for its annual meeting on Jan. 4, 2023. The Board presented the Court with a Recommendation for Data-Driven Legal Regulatory Reform. Meeting materials can be viewed here.
The Practice of Law Board met with the Washington Supreme Court for its annual meeting on March 2, 2022. The meeting can be viewed on TVW. Chair Michael Cherry presented the Court with an updated version of a Blueprint for a Legal Regulatory Lab.
On July 1, 2021, Practice of Law Board Chair Michael Cherry presented the Washington Supreme Court with a Blueprint for a Legal Regulatory Sandbox. The meeting can be viewed on TVW. Read NWSidebar's blog post.