Small Town and Rural Practice Committee
The WSBA Small Town and Rural Practice — 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. To learn more about the STAR Committee's purpose, composition, scope of work, and roles, review the STAR Committee Charter.
The formation of the STAR Committee is the result of work conducted by the Rural Practice Project.
Meet the STAR Committee Members
Kari Petrasek, Chair
Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors member
Kathryn Burke, Rural Member
Elizabeth Penoyar, Rural Member
Merf Ehman, Qualified Legal Service Provider Member
Laurie Powers, Gonzaga Law School Member
Erin Lloyd, University of Washington Law School Member
Hunter Abell, WSBA President
Rusty McGuire, Rural Member
Jesse Lamp, Rural Member
Zachary Bryant, Young Lawyer Member
Allison Foreman, At-large Member
Ashley Cummins, Seattle University Law School Member
Matthew Dresden, Board of Governors liaison
Staff Liaison: Julianne Unite, email@example.com
Staff Support: Chelle Gegax, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association that a Small Town and Rural Committee meeting will be held on:
Meeting ID: 879 0573 6111 │ Passcode: 811616
The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to discuss, deliberate, and take potential final action regarding the following agenda items (no final disposition regarding any matter will occur at the meeting except as indicated on this notice).
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Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email email@example.com.
Note: Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the agenda. The time and order of agenda items are subject to change at the discretion of the committee chair.
Past Meeting Materials & Minutes