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
Hunter Abell, Chair
Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors Member
Vacant, Board of Governors Member
Allison Foreman, At-large Member
Rusty McGuire, Rural Member
Kathryn Burke, Rural Member
Sarah Cuellar, Rural Member
Elizabeth Penoyar, Rural Member
Merf Ehman, Qualified Legal Service Provider Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024
Zachary Bryant, Young Lawyer Member
Laurie Powers, Gonzaga University School of Law Member
Cindy Yeung, Seattle University School of Law Member
Vacant, University of Washington School of Law Member
Julianne Unite, Staff Liaison
STAR Committee Meetings
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, that a Small Town and Rural Committee meeting will be held on:
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022│ Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Join the Zoom meeting.
Meeting ID: 884 6080 9037 Passcode: 047632
The purpose of the meeting is for the committee to discuss, deliberate, and take potential final action regarding the following agenda items (no final disposition regarding any matter will occur at the meeting except as indicated on this notice:
1. Introductions, May Meeting Recaps, and Approval of May Meeting Minutes (Gov. Abell)
2. WSBA Updates (Gov. Abell and Julianne Unite)
3. Subcommittee Report Updates
a. Community, Education, and Outreach (Kari Petrasek, Chair)
b. Pipeline Placement Program (Laurie Powers, Chair)
c. Job Opportunities and Clearinghouse (Betsy Penoyar, Chair)
4. STAR Committee Strategic Plan Phase I Update and Action Items
5. Bar News Article Update (Allison Foreman)
6. Other Business
7. Next Steps/ Conclusion
Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email email@example.com.
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.