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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!

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Updated: Jan. 4, 2021

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.

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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!

December 2020

September 2020

 


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.


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

Section Benefits

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.. 

Stay informed of Low Bono Section activities on Twitter and Facebook.

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. 


Executive Committee

Chair: Jennifer Ortega

Chair-Elect:  Sart Rowe

SecretaryMarya Christine Noyes

Treasurer: Sarah Bove

Immediate Past Chair: Jeff Hamilton

Board of Governors Liaison*: Brett Purtzer

At-Large Members:
positions vacant

Law Student Positions*:
vacant (University of Washington)
vacant (Seattle University)
vacant (Gonzaga University)

* Nonvoting member

Meetings

The Executive Committee of the Low Bono Section conducts meetings at the WSBA offices on the third Thursday of each month, 4-5:30 p.m. It is possible to participate by telephone by calling 206-504-3881, and using the passcode 95473. 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 sections@wsba.org.