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Sections members become part of active professional communities and gain access to an array of exclusive section member benefits. Over 10,000 WSBA members currently belong to one or more of the WSBA’s 29 sections. The section membership year begins Jan. 1.

Member Benefits

In the past year, WSBA Sections have sponsored approximately 70 CLE seminars and hosted multiple professional networking events around the state. Various sections offer a plethora of member benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • List serve communities
  • Newsletters, reports, deskbooks, and sourcebooks
  • Free and discounted CLEs
  • Opportunities to engage in the Washington state legislative process

...and more! Join a Section Today!

Interested in Section Leadership?

Each section is led by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the executive committee. Many find leading a section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and collegiality it offers. Executive committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals in a goal-oriented setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

Executive committee terms begin Oct. 1, 2023, and sections accept applications for the following year in early spring. Consider applying to become a section leader!

For general sections questions, send an email with your Bar number to sections@wsba.org or call 800-945-9722.


WSBA Sections

 

Updated: Feb. 1, 2024

Solo & Small Practice Section

The Solo & Small Practice Section supports solo and small practice attorneys by providing important resources that help them to better run their practices, understand their ethical obligations, and grow their practice.

The Section provides complimentary educational programs on a regular basis in addition to collaborating with the WSBA for presentation of the annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, networking opportunities, a vibrant list serve, and a members-only area featuring helpful resources such as written materials from past conferences and video recordings.

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Members-Only Access  |  Section History & Executive Committee Bios  |  List Serve Guidelines

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The Solo & Small Practice Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Programs

Section Information

Member Benefits

Recommended Resources

WSBA Discount Network

Executive Committee Suggestion Box

Executive Committee Meetings

Executive Committee



Upcoming Programs

Save the Date! Solo and Small Firm Conference

Sept. 27-29, 2024, at Clearwater Casino in Suquamish, Washington

Details forthcoming.

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Executive Committee Suggestion Box

The Executive Committee (EC) of the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section welcomes your input regarding such matters as the Section web page, members-only area, webinar topics, and Section activities. Please send suggestions to wsbasolo@gmail.com. This email address is monitored on a weekly basis; non-time-sensitive feedback will be shared with the EC at the next scheduled EC meeting.

Responding to Pandemic

Results of Member Survey: Impact of Pandemic on WSBA Members

WSBA's COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Law Office Reopening Guide, produced by the WSBA Coronavirus Response Task Force

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Recommended Resources Forum:

Reminder: Practice Management Discount Network

As a member of the WSBA, you have access to the Practice Management Discount Network, a collection of discounts on products and services to help you improve your law practice. For further details, please visit the Practice Management Discount Network page.

Suggestions from Members

We invite section members to share information about resources and recommendations that may be of interest to other solo and small practice attorneys. Please send your suggestions to wsbasolo@gmail.com and they will be posted to an unmonitored Forum page within the Members-Only Area of the Section website. To review such postings, please access the Members-Only area and click on the category Recommended Resources Forum – Suggestions from Members. Contributions to the Forum will be posted without author attribution.

Access Members-Only Area

To access the Members-Only Area, login with username 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

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Section Information

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.

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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 Members-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.

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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 Meetings

2023 Executive Committee (EC) Meetings currently are scheduled to take place noon to 2 p.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted below. To join the 2023 Zoom Meetings please use the following link: 

Solo & Small Practice Zoom Meeting Link

Or call-in at 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 751 741 0489.

View approved minutes for past Executive Committee Meetings and Annual Meetings by visiting the Meeting Minutes page.

Stay tuned for future scheduled meetings.

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Executive Committee

Chair: Darcel Lobo (2023-2024) 

Chair-Elect: Nicholas Pleasants (2023-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Jordan Couch (2023-2024)

Secretary: Michele Moore (2023-2024) 

Treasurer: D. Bruce Gardiner (2023-2024)

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Emily Albrecht (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Kari Petrasek (2023-2024)

*Nonvoting member

At-large Members:

Darcel Lobo (2022-2024)
Jordan Couch (2022-2024)
Michele Moore (2022-2024)
Nicholas Pleasants (2022-2024)
D. Bruce Gardiner (2023-2025)
Kari Petrasek (2023-2025)
Shashi Vijay (2023-2025)

Adviser Members*:
Ann Guinn
John Redenbaugh

Practice Management Adviser, Liaison to the Executive Committee*: Margeaux Green

Please contact committee 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 Darcel Lobo. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies.

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