Washington Law Review


Unauthorized practice of law is practice by one who has not been admitted to practice by the supreme court and who is not a member in good standing of the state bar association. It is now undisputed that the supreme court has sole jurisdiction over admission to practice and apparently may deal with unauthorized practice as an incident of its power over admission. However, unauthorized practice has also been the subject of legislative enactment. It follows, therefore, that the sanctions which are imposed to prevent the unauthorized practice of law in this state are of both judicial and legislative creation. At the outset it may be conceded that these acts are not inherently evil. Why then have the court and legislature undertaken to discourage practice by persons who are not technically qualified?

First Page