Updated: Nov. 25, 2020

Solo and Small Practice Section

We serve as a clearinghouse for qualified law practice management and technology information for solo and small practice attorneys to support them in ethically conducting a profitable and satisfying business.

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Register Now for this Dec. 2 Program!

WEBINAR – Navigating Ethical Issues with Emerging Legal Technology

Developed in partnership with the WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section

Join the discussion on algorithms, automation, and artificial intelligence and the usefulness of each in caring for clients, improving productivity, and managing your practice to maximize efficiency. The program will cover:

  • The challenges and opportunities presented by advancing legal technologies for solo and small practices
  • Specific professional responsibility issues resulting from characteristics of these technologies, including those related to competence, confidentiality, and supervision
  • An overview of national trends in regulatory reforms accounting for advancing technologies
  • Strategies for navigating this rapidly developing landscape

We’ll look at your responsibility for managing this new technology as stated in RPC Sections 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.9, 1.18, 2.1, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4, and 5.5

When: Wednesday, Dec. 2
11:30 a.m. Login Opens
12-1 p.m.  Webinar

Credits: Approved for 1.0 Ethics CLE credit

Tuition: Free for members of the Solo & Small Practice Section); $35 Standard/Non-Section Members; $0 - Law Students.

Faculty: Prof. Drew Simshaw - Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane>

To Register:

Currently the WSBA website is not open for online registration. Members of the Solo & Small Practice Section may register by sending an email with your name, address and bar number to cle@wsba.org, referencing the Navigating Ethical Issues with Emerging Legal Technology webinar and identifying yourself as a member of the Section;  law students may register by sending similar information and providing your law student status in lieu of a bar number. For those wishing to register who are not members of the Solo & Small Practice Section or law students and need to pay for registration, please email to cle@wsba.org indicating your interest in registration for this webinar plus your bar number  and phone number and ask how you might arrange for registration processing.


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Access Members-Only Area

To access the Members-Only Area, login with user name SSP@wsba.org (not an active email address), type in the password you received with your section sign up/renewal, and then click continue. Resources in the members-only area include:

  • CLE Chapters and Articles
  • Management Tools, Tips, and Forms
  • Online Resources
  • The Blogroll

Whom We Serve

Solo and small practice firms comprise more than 60% of practicing lawyers in Washington. Small firm practitioners must handle their finances, marketing, business decisions and growth without the help of law firm administrators, comptrollers, marketing personnel and executive directors.

The Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association offers the resources to help manage these firms to maximum efficiency and profitability.

Who Serves You

The Section’s Executive Committee is made up of elected solo and small practice attorneys. They understand what you’re dealing with because they’re facing many of those same issues in their own practices. See the Section background page for details of the current members.

In addition, the Executive Committee enjoys input from the liaison for the Association of Legal Administrators, as well as various consultants to the legal industry, providing added perspective on solutions to solo and small practice challenges.

Want to join us? Find out more about serving on the executive committee. 


Member Benefits

Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including Practice Management Assistanceprofessional liability insurance, Casemaker, and Fastcase? Membership in the Section can put you in touch with resources that you can't find anywhere else. It's the next best thing to having your own law practice management consultant! 

When you join the Section, you will enjoy full access to:

  • List serve discussions where you can post questions for Section members and receive help with your most challenging issues. This vibrant list serve is a great tool for communicating with other Section members to pose questions, seek recommendations, and share information.
  • Links on our Member-Only pages to numerous helpful resources, including podcasts, past webinars, articles, CLE Chapters, videos, law practice management tips, and forms. .
  • Section-sponsored webinars with CLE credit throughout the year focused on solo and small practice issues and interests.
  • Discounted tuition for the annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference. 
  • Networking opportunities with other solo and small firm practitioners.

Starting in fall 2018, the bar began offering members a new resource when shopping for health insurance. Members can compare and purchase products from leading insurance providers through a private online exchange. For more information, please visit Health Insurance Exchange or contact HealthExchange@wsba.org.

Learn more about WSBA Member Benefits.


Section Impact

"You all have been a great resource for me, and I'd like to say THANK YOU. I am eternally grateful for any nuggets of direction and advice... You all take the time to write out beautiful explanations that I read word for word and cherish. Your time is valuable and I appreciate it."

Venu N. Sareen, Attorney at Law

From list serve post, May 7, 2015


Executive Committee

Chair: Shashi Vijay

Chair-Elect: Jordan Couch

Treasurer: Bruce Gardiner

Secretary: Darcel Lobo 

Immediate Past Chair: Kari Petrasek

 

Members   
Bruce Gardiner (2019-2021)
Jessica Jensen (2019-2021)
Kari Petrasek (2019-2021)
Shashi Vijay (2019-2021)
<Jordan Couch (2020-2022)
Kristina Larry (2020-2022)
Darcel Lobo ;(2020-2022)
Nicholas Pleasants (2020-2022)

Adviser Members*
Ann Guinn
John Redenbaugh
Pete Roberts

Board of Governors Liaison*: Sunitha Anjilvel

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Joseph Riemer

*Nonvoting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general questions, or to switch your list serve settings to a daily digest, please email inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Solo and Small Practice Section, please contact the Section Chair Shashi Vijay. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies.