Updated: Sept. 2, 2021

Small Town and Rural Committee

The WSBA Small Town and Rural (STAR) Committee is committed to strengthen and support the practice of law in the rural communities throughout Washington state. Members of the STAR Committee will work to ensure that the practice of law in rural communities is present, growing, and thriving.

Practitioners in rural communities are few and far between. Additionally, many of these practitioners are nearing retirement without a clear plan of succession for their clients, leaving a void of access to legal representation and counsel. The STAR Committee members will guide policy and program development, serve as ambassadors between the WSBA and these communities, explore and advocate for creative and innovative solutions, and regularly assess the legal landscape in rural communities to determine if WSBA policy, advocacy, and program development require further resource for sustainability and improvements.

The formation of the STAR Committee is the result of work conducted by the Rural Practice Project.

Meet the STAR Committee Members

2021–2022

Hunter Abell, Chair
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2022

Peter Grabicki, Board of Governors Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Allison Foreman, At-large Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2023

Rusty McGuire, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Kathryn Burke, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sep. 30, 2022

Sarah Cuellar, Rural Member
Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2023

Elizabeth Penoyar, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Laurie Powers, Gonzaga Law School Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sep. 30, 2022

TBD, University of Washington Law School Member
Term: TBD

TBD, Seattle University Law School Member
Term: TBD

Merf Ehman, Qualified Legal Service Provider Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

Zachary Bryant, Young Lawyer Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2024

TBD, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2022

Julianne Unite, Staff Liaison

For questions, please email barleaders@wsba.org