Updated: Nov. 29, 2022

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

2022-2023

Kari Petrasek, Chair 
Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024

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

Hunter AbellBoard of Governors Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024  
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2024

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

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

Kathryn Burke, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2022-Sep. 30, 2025

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

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

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

Laurie Powers, Gonzaga University School of Law Member
Oct. 1, 2022 – Sep. 30, 2025

Erin Fullner, Seattle University School of Law Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2022 – Sep. 30, 2025

Vacant, University of Washington School of Law Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021Sept. 30, 2024
Current Term: Upon AppointmentSept. 30, 2024

Mary Rathbone, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2023 

Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2023 

Julianne Unite, Staff Liaison
Chelle Gegax, Staff Support 

For questions, please email Committee Chair Kari Petrasek or staff liaison Julianne Unite.

STAR Committee Meetings

Next Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, that a Small Town and Rural Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022  │ Time:12:10–1:10 p.m.
Zoom: Meeting ID: 879 0573 6111 | Passcode: 811616 | Zoom Link 

Agenda:

  1. Introductions, October Meeting Recaps, and Approval of October Meeting Minutes (Gov. Kari Petrasek)
  2. WSBA Updates (Gov. Petrasek and Julianne Unite)
  3. Subcommittee Report Updates, if any (Subcommittee chairs Laurie Powers, Gov. Petrasek, Betsy Penoyar)
  4. CLE/Webinar (Karen Duncan)
    a.CLE Chair
  5. Career Center Discount Updates and Discussion (Julianne Unite)
  6. Board of Governors Priorities Discussion (Gov. Petrasek)
  7. One America Volunteer Request Discussion (Gov. Petrasek)
  8. University of Washington Representative Update (Gov. Petrasek and Julianne Unite)
  9. Other Business
  10. Next Steps/ Conclusion
  11. Next Meeting: Jan. 25, 2023
  12. Adjournment 

Meeting Materials Packet

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email julianneu@wsba.org.

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

FY 2022

October 2021
November 2021
January 2022
February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022
June 2022
July 2022
August 2022
September 2022