Qualified Legal Service Providers
Qualified Legal Service Providers (QLSPs) are nonprofit legal service organizations dedicated to serving low income people. WSBA members who volunteer with a QLSP can get MCLE credit for their pro bono hours and access to free public service CLEs.
WSBA Powerful Communities Projects
The Washington State Bar Association is pleased to announce 14 new partners for the Powerful Communities Projects . This brand new initiative helps to advance the bar’s commitment to serve the public and its members as well as support the implementation of the Alliance for Equal Justice State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Legal Aid to Low-Income People.
Partners received up to $3,000 for projects that work in collaboration with marginalized communities across Washington state.
Northwest Justice Project’s Native American Unit
The STAR Project (serving Walla Walla and Columbia counties)
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services (serving Pacific County)
Become a QLSP
To become a Qualified Legal Service Provider, an organization must meet these five criteria:
- Must be a not-for-profit legal services organization whose primary purpose is to provide legal services to low-income clients, per APR 1(e)(8).
- Must have a financial screening mechanism in place to ensure clients are low-income.
- Must either provide malpractice insurance for volunteers or have a policy in place to require that all volunteers carry their own malpractice insurance.
- Ensure volunteers receive at least two hours of relevant training.
- Must be in Washington state or predominantly serve Washington state residents.
If your program meets the criteria, please submit a one page letter addressing how your organization qualifies and send to PublicService@wsba.org. for review. Including a program brochure or link to your organization is recommended.
A list of current QLSPs can be found here.
Benefits of Becoming a QLSP
By becoming a QLSP, a nonprofit legal services organization can benefit from the following:
Your volunteers can get free MCLE credits for pro bono hours.
For help reporting pro bono hours for MCLE credit, review this MCLE Self-Reporting Instructions for Pro Bono Credit or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Service CLEs
Your volunteers and staff can get free access to public service CLEs. QLSP staff and volunteers, licensed in Washington state, can be authenticated to receive free access to the on-demand Public Service Education CLEs. To be authenticated, contact PublicService@wsba.org.
WSBA Deskbooks and Coursebooks
The WSBA is pleased to offer all Qualified Legal Service Providers in Washington free online access to WSBA deskbooks and selected coursebooks through Casemaker Libra. This complimentary subscription allows users online access to a fully word-searchable version of WSBA deskbooks and coursebooks from any computer; all citations to cases and statutes are linked to the full text of these primary materials in the Casemaker database.
View a list of our titles. Please note that subscriptions are limited to research done onsite at the Qualified Legal Service Provider’s location. For more details or to request a free subscription for your not-for-profit legal services organization, please email email@example.com.
Pro Bono Portal
Your organization can be profiled in Washington's pro bono portal at www.probonowa.org where potential volunteers can search for opportunities. To be included in the portal, contact PublicService@wsba.org.
QLSP List Serve
You can access the WSBA QLSP list serve, an online forum for QLSPs to share information with each other and for WSBA to share resources and news relevant to QLSPs. To join, contact PublicService@wsba.org.
WSBA Public Service Specialist
You can access the WSBA Public Service Specialist who can help you market your organization and pro bono opportunities through various WSBA communications. The Public Service Specialist can also provide assistance with connecting with other QLSPs for potential collaboration and resource-sharing. Contact PublicService@wsba.org for assistance.