Legislative Committee


Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee of the WSBA ADR Section

Members: 23
Latest Activity: May 20

Stay On Top of Legislative Matters Re ADR!

This is the place for members interested in legislative matters affecting ADR in Washington. The Legislative Committee is tasked with monitoring legislation that may be of interest to our members and making recommendations to the Executive Committee.

Any ADR Section member can join this LegCom group page on the website. You might find yourself becoming active in the LegCom itself! So join the group and stay in touch.

THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETS THE 3RD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH at the offices of Seattle Law and Mediation, 1215 4th Ave, Suite 940, Seattle,  Noon.

Meeting Participants May Call in:

 Dial 1-866-577-9294

 listen to prompt and enter Pass Code:  5016527

Participants may hear music while waiting for Monitor to begin.


Meeting Dates 2015: May 20,  June 17, July 15, August 19, Sept. 16, October 21, November 18, December 16.

Legislative Committee Agenda:

WICAA  Washington Internat’l Commercial Arbitration Act 

   Passed and signed by the Governor! 

Early Mandatory parenting mediation  

   Proposed changes RCW

Mediation and Ethics -  Opinions and rules.  Advisory Opinion 2223

   Planning - 

Mediation Standards/Certification




 Working Sub-committees meet separately, please contact the Committee chairperson for information.



Legislative update and agenda for 1-19-15 committee meeting

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by John K Butler May 20. 2 Replies

As you may know, the 2015 regular session of the Washington legislature convened  this Monday.HB 1070 - previous HB 1069 - the International Commercial Arbitration Act was introduced pre-session and was heard in the House Judiciary Committee on…Continue

Tags: Legislation

Reminder for Noon meeting today of the Legislative Committee

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by John K Butler Apr 8, 2014. 1 Reply

Don't forget to attend!Continue

Legislative Committee Meeting.

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Rina Goodman Mar 11, 2014. 3 Replies

Our next meeting of the Legislative Committee is April 8th at Noon.  Information is on the committee webpage at http://wsba-adr.org/groups/legislativecommittee.Unfortunately, the WICAA,…Continue

MEETING - January 30 Judicary Hearing January 17

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Paul W. McVicker Jan 16, 2014. 2 Replies

The next meeting of the Legislative committee will be on January 30 at noon at the offices of Seattle Law and Mediation, P.S. 1214 4th Ave, Suite 940, Seattle.  Call in information is posted above.This is an important meeting during this early part…Continue

Note from the Legislative Committee Chairman – ICAA Forum October 23 - Next Meeting October 31.

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Mark Baumann Oct 17, 2013. 1 Reply

 Our forum on the proposed International Commercial Arbitration Act is next Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  at the WSBA Offices at 1325 4th Avenue, Seattle, Suite 600. Please try to attend.  Bring your friends, co-workers…Continue

Committe Update - Next meeting Sept 17.

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Jeff Bean Sep 17, 2013. 1 Reply

Quick update:At the last meeting the committee approved amending 26-09-015 (4), see above.  The proposal is before the ADR Executive Committee.The Forum for the proposed ICAA (International Commercial Arbitration Act) is tentatively set for October…Continue

August 20, 2013 meeting Agenda

Started by Paul W. McVicker Aug 19, 2013. 0 Replies

I've posted the agenda for the meeting on Tuesday August 20 on the Legislative Page:http://wsba-adr.org/group/legislativecommittee Note the proposed amendments to 26.09.015.Continue

Forum for ICAA - International Commercial Arbitration Act - new RCW 7.04B

Started by Paul W. McVicker. Last reply by Paul W. McVicker Aug 23, 2013. 7 Replies

Any thoughts on a form for the proposed Act?  Thoughts about timing? We could have it at the WSBA Conference Center if available.  Alternatively the WSBA Offices are a possibility as well.  The advantage of both is that we can webcast the…Continue

Tags: Arbitration, International, Commercial

Comment Wall


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Comment by Paul W. McVicker on January 15, 2015 at 10:26am

John -  that's an old post from last April regarding the Tuesday meeting.  The committee is meeting next Monday, the 19th (A court holiday).  I've posted an update on matters above.

Comment by John K Butler on January 13, 2015 at 9:41am

Hi Paul, I know your reminder today said we're meeting at noon Tuesday, but this page says that the meeting is on Monday, January 19, 2015, at 4pm. Is the info on this site incorrect? If the meeting is today at noon, I am afraid I cannot make it, as I have a meeting with the Education Committee at noon. 

Comment by Jeff Bean on February 12, 2013 at 12:06pm

I'm on the conference call - are we still meeting?

Comment by Paul W. McVicker on December 14, 2012 at 4:57am

The Legislative Committee  will meet on Wednesday December 19th at 1215 4th Ave, Suite 940, Seattle, at 5:00p.m.  Participation may also be by telephone: Dial 1-866-577-9294 PARTICIPANT – Pass Code 5016527


The Agenda follows:

 - UCLR --  Status of UCLR/A work group. Status on legislation/rules.

 - FFA Mediation -  How do we best use the recently completed work-study project on the UMA application to the FFA.

 - Work -study project 2013 – Status on early mediation in family law cases with children. Identifying other studies

 - Early ADR -- status reports

 - Qualification of mediators --   Status of  ABA Section on International Law Family Law Committee standards for the qualifications of mediators

- RCW 26.09.015- Mediation Proceedings status and discussion.

- Model Arbitration Act

- Apology Legislation related to air

- Other Business

Comment by Jeff Bean on June 11, 2012 at 3:12pm

Budget thought: I'd like to see us fund a scholarship/fellowship for 2013 with the thought this would reinstitute the program we had before and be an on-going project. Unlike this year, with advance planning it could be more merit-based and include all three law schools. Could be a great way to engage with them. Unlike the previous program we stopped, this time I'd like to see it each year focus on providing an academic research product on a subject that advances our mission. We could set the topic or use the applicants' ideas as criteria. (This program doesn't necessarily need to be a LegComm-thing at all, but since we did it in 2012, we can be the ones to suggest it for 2013.)

Comment by Jeff Bean on May 3, 2012 at 3:27pm

BOG March Minutes finally posted. Include discussion of UCLA/R.

Comment by Jeff Bean on March 20, 2012 at 11:48am

FYI, ExecComm approved a motion for a scholarship this summer to provide legal research project regarding the intersection of the UMA and foreclosure mediation programs. Paul's tied-up in trial, so I'll start the two things that need to happen:

  • get authorization from WSBA Dep Dir for Finance for spending from fund balance, and how to make payments to the scholar;
  • contacting Alan Kirtley, which the motion explicitly said we should seek to coordinate with.

I'll keep all apprised here, and if anyone else wants to be in on those discussions, let me know and I'll copy you in. (Paul, you'll be copied-in, of course!)

Comment by Jeff Bean on March 6, 2012 at 5:26pm

Rep. Orwall just informs that the FFA amendments, amended onto HB 2614, just passed the house. 

Comment by Jeff Bean on March 6, 2012 at 10:10am

Kathryn's update:

Finally, some good news…in the great tradition of The Princess Bride, the FFA was only mostly dead after the coup on the Senate floor this past Friday…and Rep. Orwall and others have moved mountains and they figured out a way to resuscitate the FFA.

Last night, the FFA (HB 2421) wasamended onto HB 2614, an act relating to residual debts following short sales of owner-occupied residential property secured by deeds of trust.  The title of the bill has also been amended and will now be:  An act relating to assisting homeowners in crisis by providing alternatives, remedies, and assistance.  (Note:  Changing the title of a House bill is very difficult to do, so they must have full agreement in the House on this maneuver.) 

The bill was voted off the Senate floor 47-1.  We’re not quite done -- it now goes back to the House for final passage…

I've added a link to the new bill above.

Comment by Courtney Kaylor on March 4, 2012 at 2:22pm



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