Washington Provisional Admission Following a Major Disaster
Rule 27 of the Admission to Practice Rules governs temporary admission for out-of-state attorneys following a major disaster.
In rare circumstances, the Washington Supreme Court may declare a major disaster has occurred that affects all or part of the Washington judicial system, the judicial system in another jurisdiction, or a major disaster has caused people in need of legal services to reside in Washington. Following such a major disaster, attorneys in good standing may be granted temporary admission for pro bono services.
Attorneys allowed to practice under this rule may not make court appearances except as otherwise provided under Washington’s Pro Hac Vice requirements or the court grants blanket permission under this major disaster rule.