Updated: Aug. 3, 2020

Solo and Small Practice Section

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ANNOUNCING

The 2020 Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference

Focus on Your Future: Maximizing Your Practice

This year’s conference, in light of the pandemic, will be a one-day virtual program offered online on

Friday, September 25, 2020

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(Information about 20 non-need-based scholarships offered to members of the Solo & Small Practice Section is included below).

The Conference will feature presentations by FIVE national speakers, including Barron Henley, and registration offers the opportunity to earn a total of 7.25 credits (5.25 other CLE credits on the day of the Conference PLUS access after the Conference to an On-Demand recording of a 2.0 Ethics credit program that will be presented as a live webinar on August 24 (Ethical Issues Faced by Solo and Small Firm Attorneys).)

We hope you will join us for an incomparable experience: informative sessions geared to the needs of solo/small firm attorneys; a virtual reception at the end of the day featuring online discussions with small group breakouts (Theme: What I Wish I’d Known During my First 10 Years in Practice) and online networking opportunities; and access to information about providers of services and products.

To register and for further program details, click here.  

 

Scholarships (Non-Need Based) Available to Section Members:

The Solo & Small Practice Section is offering 20 non-need-based scholarships for the 2020 Solo and Small Firm Conference.  These scholarships are offered as another benefit available to Section members.  The standard Conference registration fee for Section members is $199; each scholarship awarded will cover $100.00 towards the registration fee.  To apply for one of the scholarships, please send an email to Jessica Jensen at Jessica@capcitylawps.com by August 14 for the first round of consideration; should any scholarships remain unclaimed after this initial announcement, a second notice of scholarships will be announced.

Please include in your application: Your name and contact information; Whether you have attended any prior Solo and Small Firm Conference(s); Number of years in practice; and Why you would like to attend this year’s Solo and Small Firm Conference.


Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Solo and Small Practice Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position.

At-Large Member (four positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.  

Jordan Couch

Kristina Larry

Darcel Lobo

Nicholas Pleasants

Questions?

Contact sections@wsba.org.


COVID-19 Roundtable Discussions

Practicing law in the age of COVID-19 is presenting a number of unforeseen challenges for practitioners throughout the state. The Solo & Small Practice Section has recognized the need for its members to get helpful information and guidance on how to practice law, and continue to serve clients under these unprecedented circumstances, as well as to connect with other attorneys. Thus, was born the S&SP Section Roundtables. Each week, Section members come together to hear expert speakers address a variety of timely topics. In addition, participants have the opportunity to ask how other attorneys are dealing with certain issues and share workarounds they've developed to help them continue working as productively as possible. The Section is happy to share several of its roundtable recordings below with all WSBA members.


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: Kari Petrasek

Treasurer: Bruce Gardiner

Secretary: Darcel Lobo 

Immediate Past Chair: Vacant

Chair-Elect: Shashi Vijay

Members
Jordan Couch (2018-2020)
Kristina Larry (2018-2020)
Darcel Lobo (2018-2020)
Amber Rush (2018-2020)   
Bruce Gardiner (2019-2021)
Jessica Jensen (2019-2021)
Kari Petrasek (2019-2021)
Shashi Vijay (2019-2021)

Adviser Members*
Ann Guinn
John Redenbaugh
Pete Roberts

ALA Liaison*: Gil Price

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kim Hunter

Young Lawyer Liaison*: vacant

*Non-voting 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 Kari Petrasek. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies