Updated: March 24, 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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Apply to Serve on the Section Executive Committee

 
The nominations period is March 2–April 7, 2020.

Review the Volunteer Position Description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee officer positions and may differ for some sections. For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. Voting will begin in May 2020.

The following positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2020. 

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

Complete the online application. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest to be included with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (PDF format only). 

Questions?

Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

 


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