Updated: Dec. 6, 2023

Solo & Small Practice Section

The Solo & Small Practice Section supports solo and small practice attorneys by providing important resources that help them to better run their practices, understand their ethical obligations, and grow their practice.

The Section provides complimentary educational programs on a regular basis in addition to collaborating with the WSBA for presentation of the annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, networking opportunities, a vibrant list serve, and a members-only area featuring helpful resources such as written materials from past conferences and video recordings.

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The Solo & Small Practice Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

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Section Information

Member Benefits

Recommended Resources

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Executive Committee Suggestion Box

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Upcoming Programs

NEW! Webinar — Introduction to Trauma-Informed Engagement

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Developed in partnership with the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section

This presentation will explore the individual and systemic impacts of trauma upon and within the law and justice sector. Attendees will be inspired to develop their own trauma recovery practices and learn how they can apply a trauma-informed approach to systems change in the work that they do. Ethical issues with be addressed as part of this program, including the preamble to the WA RPCs, along with a discussion of RPCs 1.1, 1.3, and 1.4.

    When: Dec. 13, 2023

    Time: Noon–1 p.m. PST

    Credits: 1.00 Ethics

    $0 - Solo & Small Practice Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
    $35 - Standard/Non-Section Members
    $0 - Law Students (after adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSNN and click checkout)

    For webinar technical support, please email bruce@gardinerlaw.com.

    Myrna McCallum, Miyo Pimatisiwin Legal Services, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

    11:45 a.m. Webinar Login Opens
    Noon Webinar Begins
    1 p.m. Adjourn

    Register Online Now!

    Save the Date! Solo and Small Firm Conference

    Sept. 27-29, 2024
    Clearwater Casino
    Details Forthcoming

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    Executive Committee Suggestion Box

    The Executive Committee (EC) of the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section welcomes your input regarding such matters as the Section web page, members-only area, webinar topics, and Section activities. Please send suggestions to wsbasolo@gmail.com. This email address is monitored on a weekly basis; non-time-sensitive feedback will be shared with the EC at the next scheduled EC meeting.

    Responding to Pandemic

    Results of Member Survey: Impact of Pandemic on WSBA Members

    WSBA's COVID-19 Information and Resources

    COVID-19 Law Office Reopening Guide, produced by the WSBA Coronavirus Response Task Force

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    Recommended Resources Forum:

    Reminder: Practice Management Discount Network

    As a member of the WSBA, you have access to the Practice Management Discount Network, a collection of discounts on products and services to help you improve your law practice. For further details, please visit the Practice Management Discount Network page.

    Suggestions from Members

    We invite section members to share information about resources and recommendations that may be of interest to other solo and small practice attorneys. Please send your suggestions to wsbasolo@gmail.com and they will be posted to an unmonitored Forum page within the Members-Only Area of the Section website. To review such postings, please access the Members-Only area and click on the category Recommended Resources Forum – Suggestions from Members. Contributions to the Forum will be posted without author attribution.

    Access Members-Only Area

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

    If you encounter a screen with a message such as "Someone is already using the username and password...," just click on “Log the other user off and enter” and retry logging in. Email sections@wsba.org if the problem persists.

    Resources in the members-only area include:

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

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    Section Information

    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 member bios and photos.

    The Executive Committee enjoys input from advisors, including 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.

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    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. 

      (Please click on "List serve discussions" to reach the List Serve Guidelines.)

    • 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.

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    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 Meetings

    2023 Executive Committee (EC) Meetings currently are scheduled to take place noon to 2 p.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted below. To join the 2023 Zoom Meetings please use the following link: 

    Solo & Small Practice Zoom Meeting Link

    Or call-in at 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 751 741 0489.

    Currently scheduled EC Meetings include:

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    Executive Committee

    Chair: Darcel Lobo (2023-2024) 

    Chair-Elect: Nicholas Pleasants (2023-2024)

    Immediate Past Chair: Jordan Couch (2023-2024)

    Secretary: Michele Moore (2023-2024) 

    Treasurer: D. Bruce Gardiner (2023-2024)

    Young Lawyer Liaison*: Emily Albrecht (2022-2024)

    Board of Governors Liaison*: Kari Petrasek (2023-2024)

    *Nonvoting member

    At-large Members:

    Darcel Lobo (2022-2024)
    Jordan Couch (2022-2024)
    Michele Moore (2022-2024)
    Nicholas Pleasants (2022-2024)
    D. Bruce Gardiner (2023-2025)
    Kari Petrasek (2023-2025)
    Shashi Vijay (2023-2025)

    Adviser Members*:
    Ann Guinn
    John Redenbaugh

    Practice Management Adviser, Liaison to the Executive Committee*: Margeaux Green

    Please contact committee 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 Darcel Lobo. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies.

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