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.
Solo and Small Practice Section
We serve as a clearinghouse for qualified law practice management and technology information for solo and small practice attorneys to support them in ethically conducting a profitable and satisfying business.
WEBINAR – Register Now!
Balancing your Life and Practice: Perspectives from Three Lawyers Responsible for Running Practices and Households — Part II
Developed in partnership with the WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section
The practice of law has not evolved as quickly as we might have hoped to accommodate a healthy work-life balance for working parents. Sometimes achieving that balance takes a little creative problem solving. Hear from three lawyers running their own practices while growing their families. They will share their takes on what has worked for them, and what hasn’t.
The panelists hope to shed light on some of the following ideas they have themselves employed:
- Thinking creatively
- Setting boundaries
- Using technology to make life easier
- Adhering to a schedule
- Finding time for yourself
- Delegating and letting go!
When: Oct. 28, 2021; noon–1 p.m. PDT
Credits: 1.00 Other
Tuition: $0 for members of the Solo & Small Practice Section (discount applied at checkout); $35 Standard/Non-Section Members; $0 - Law Students (after adding seminar to cart, enter promo code LSNN and click checkout)
Shashi Vijay, VJ Law Firm LLC, Redmond
Taryn Darling, Opsera Law, Seattle
Darcel Lobo, DAL Law Firm, Normandy Park
Register Online Here.
Using Clearbrief — AI-Powered Legal Writing Tool
(Not available for earning CLE Credit)
The Solo & Small Practice Section presented this Roundtable event on June 4, 2021. The roundtable featured a demonstration of the new AI-powered legal writing tool called Clearbrief by Jackie Schafer, one of the founders of this new service. Here's a brief description of the presentation: Adding Clearbrief to Microsoft Word for faster and more accurate legal writing: Your writing is your most powerful resource for delivering the best legal representation to your clients. Learn how Clearbrief takes your draft, right there in Microsoft Word, and transforms it into an interactive document–instantly pulling up the discovery that best supports each sentence, and displaying the legal sources you've cited for each argument so you can review for accuracy. (Read more about Clearbrief in the ABA Journal and LawSites)
Note: Neither the Washington State Bar Association nor the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section endorse or recommend any particular product or service unless otherwise stated.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Recommended Resources Forum – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
To access the Members-Only Area, login with user name 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 email@example.com if the problem persists.
Resources in the members-only area include:
- CLE Chapters and Articles
- Management Tools, Tips, and Forms
- Online Resources
- The Blogroll
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.
Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including Practice Management Assistance, professional 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 Member-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.
"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
Schedule of Upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings
2021 Meetings currently are scheduled to take place noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays via Zoom unless otherwise noted below. To join the 2021 Zoom Meetings please use: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81630002229
Or call-in at 253-215-8782; Meeting ID: 816 3000 2229.
Tuesday, June 8
Tuesday, Aug. 3
Tuesday, Oct. 5
Tuesday, Dec. 7
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, Executive Committee Retreat
Chair: Shashi Vijay (2021-2022)
Chair-Elect: Jordan Couch (2021-2022)
Treasurer: D. Bruce Gardiner (2021-2022)
Secretary: Darcel Lobo (2021-2022)
Immediate Past Chair: Kari Petrasek (2021-2022)
Board of Governors Liaison*: Sunitha Anjilvel
Young Lawyer Liaison*: Joseph Riemer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To get involved and learn more about the Solo and Small Practice Section, please contact the Section Chair Shashi Vijay. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies.