Updated: April 8, 2021

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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Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications: 

  • At-Large Member (three positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.

To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review a volunteer position description to review a volunteer position description. This volunteer position description provides a general overview of section executive committee positions and may differ for each section.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.

Nomination Process: Applications accepted through the WBA website and will be reviewed by Nominating Committee.

Alternate Nomination Process: All eligible applicants/nominees will be placed on ballot as candidates, even if not recommended by the section’s nominating committee.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

Questions?

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.<



WEBINAR — Register Now!

Commercial Leases — Yours and Your Client’s

Developed in partnership with the WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section

A look at your office lease and advising your clients on theirs.

When: April 28, noon–1 p.m. PDT

Credits: 1 Law & Legal Procedure

Tuition: Free for members of the Solo & Small Practice Section (discount applied at checkout); $35 Standard/Non-Section Members; $0 – Law Students (after adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSNN and click checkout)

Jessica Milner, Cap City Law PS, Olympia

Register Online.


COVID-19 Law Office Reopening Guide Reopening_Guide_300

Check out WSBA's new Reopening Safely: A Guide to Washington State Law Offices produced by the WSBA Coronavirus Response Task Force.


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.

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

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. 


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.


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


Schedule of Upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings

2021 Meetings currently are scheduled to take place noon to 2 p.m., Tuesdays via Zoom unless otherwise noted below. To join the 2021 Zoom Meetings please use: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81630002229 or call-in at 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 816 3000 2229.

Tuesday, June 8

Tuesday, Aug. 3

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, Executive Committee Retreat


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.