Low Bono Section
The Low Bono Section is a community for lawyers, law students, and other professionals who are committed to providing, promoting, and learning about low bono services.
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:
- Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
- Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
- Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022.
- At-Large Member (six 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. 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 statement of interest with your application. This document 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: The nominating committee shall nominate one or more voting members of the Section for each officer position, may nominate one or more voting members of the Section for open non-officer voting member positions on the executive committee, and may nominate one or more subscribers of the Section for any number of non-voting liaison positions.
Alternate Nomination Process: A section member may nominate another member by emailing Jennifer Ortega at jennifer@LTDivision.com. If materials (resume, statement of interest, etc.) are required, the nominator is required to submit those materials.
A section member may self-nominate or be nominated by someone else during a meeting (remote meetings allowed for COVID-19 compliance) within the nomination timeline. The Nominating Committee will inform the nominee of consideration.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Issue! March Newsletter: Access to Justice Champions
In 2020, the Low Bono Section launched a newsletter, Access to Justice Champions. If you have an article or ideas for future issues, Jennifer Ortega would like to hear from you and can be reached at Jennifer@LTDivision.com. Check out the first few issues below!
COVID-19 Law Office Reopening Guide
Check out WSBA's new Reopening Safely: A Guide to Washington State Law Offices produced by the WSBA Coronavirus Response Task Force.
What Is Low Bono?
In a broad sense, low bono is the principle of increasing access to law-related services for people of moderate means who do not qualify for pro bono assistance, but cannot afford the fees private attorneys typically charge under traditional law firm models. There are opportunities to provide low bono services in the legal profession, and in every other profession that intersects with the delivery of legal services.
Low bono service providers find many creative ways to provide their services, and the list of possibilities continues to grow as practitioners try out new models of service delivery. Some examples of low bono services include:
- Using flexible pricing models, including sliding-fee scales, flat fees, payment plans, third-party payments, even crowdfunding
- Unbundling services
- Increasing the efficiency of delivering common services, such as adopting back office technologies and appropriately delegating tasks
- Commoditizing certain services, including online service delivery, automated intake, publication of legal guides, self-help kiosks, and document automation for common documents
- Mindfully and creatively using clients’ limited legal budgets, such as when crafting discovery requests
- Adopting a methodology of client counseling and litigation in which practitioners seek early and affordable resolutions when appropriate, even when it would be more profitable to engage in protracted conflict
The greatest benefit of joining the Low Bono Section is the opportunity to build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded professionals. For its members, the Low Bono Section provides a forum and opportunity for education, training, sharing of forms, practice tips, client counseling techniques, and alternative techniques for conflict resolution. The section provides its members with free mentorship opportunities, discounted admission to low-bono-oriented CLEs, networking and referral opportunities with other low bono professionals, leadership development opportunities, and more.
Join the Low Bono Section
The cost to join the Low Bono Section is $30.
Join the Conversation
All professionals with an interest in low bono (lawyers and non-lawyers alike) are invited to join the low bono community discussions, hosted through Groups.io. Membership in the section is not currently required to join..
1:1 Mentoring Program
We invite members to contact the Executive Committee if looking for a low bono mentor. We will do our best to pair you up with an experienced low bono practitioner.
Disclaimer: These resources and opportunities are provided solely for the convenience of section members. No endorsement of any resource, mentor and/or mentorship relationship is intended, and no warranty is made as to the accuracy of the information by either the Washington State Bar Association or the Low Bono Section.
Chair: Jennifer Ortega
Chair-Elect: Sart Rowe
Secretary: Marya Christine Noyes
Treasurer: Sarah Bove
Immediate Past Chair: Jeff Hamilton
Board of Governors Liaison*: Brett Purtzer
Law Student Positions*:
* Nonvoting member
The Executive Committee of the Low Bono Section conducts meetings at the WSBA offices on the third Tuesday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m. Meetings are held via Zoom--check the listing in the event calendar for the Zoom meeting link. Please contact committee members for any further details needed on their upcoming meetings.
If you have questions about the Low Bono Section, contact any member of the Section's Executive Committee. For all other inquiries, contact email@example.com.