Connect with Peers and Practitioners through WSBA's 29 Sections
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.
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.
WSBA Sections are currently seeking section members to fill openings on their section executive committees for terms beginning Oct. 1, 2021. Consider applying to become a section leader!
For general sections questions, send an email with your Bar number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-945-9722.
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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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: Sart Rowe (2021-2022)
Chair-Elect: Marya Noyes (2021-2022)
Treasurer: Sarah Bove (2021-2022)
Immediate Past Chair: Jennifer Ortega (2021-2022)
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.