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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, 2022, 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: Aug. 15, 2022

Solo and Small Practice Section

The Solo and Small Practice Section serves 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. The Section provides education for its members in areas of common interest and provides opportunities for members to become better acquainted with other members.

The Section provides benefits to members through frequent networking opportunities and continuing legal and other education to members engaged in solo and small firm practices, including the annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. The Section spends time reviewing pending legislation and developing proposed statutory enactments to improve and to facilitate the administration of justice. Other benefits include an active list serve and online resources.

Annual Report  |   Budget  |   Bylaws  |  Year in Review  |  Members Only  |   Background

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WEBINAR –  Register Now!

A Deeper Dive into Client Trust Accounts for Solo and Small Firms

Developed in partnership with the WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section

 This CLE delves into the nuances of client trust accounts governed by RPC 1.15A, 1.15B, and 1.5 with a focus on solo and small firms, including:

  • Client trust account basics 
  • Handling advance fee deposits, retainers, and flat fees
  • Unclaimed funds
  • Random examination program
  • Trust account overdrafts
  • Investigative audits
  • Common RPC violations and how to avoid them
  • Fraud -- how to detect and avoid

When: Aug. 25, noon–1 p.m. PT

Credits: 1.0 Ethics

Tuition: Free 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)

Faculty: 
Tracy Sambrano - Washington State Bar Association, Seattle
Mary Wells - Washington State Bar Association, Seattle

Register Online Here

 


Registration is Now Open for

The 2022 Solo and Small Firm Conference: Designing Your Future 

Presented in partnership with the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section

Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 15, 16 and 17

Half Day Sessions Each Day

Webcast Format:  Virtual

10.75 CLE credits available (L&LP – 5.00 Ethics – 2.75 Other – 3.00) 

Conference Agenda

The program begins with a look at legal trends for solo lawyers, and continues on with terrific presentations on recognizing the signs of burnout and reversing that unhealthy trend, legal research on a budget, a judges' panel discussing the pros and cons of the hybrid model of court appearances, marketing strategies from attorneys who use them effectively, cybersecurity and professional responsibility — and so much more!

This year's conference will be virtual from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Sept. 15–17.  You can watch from the comfort of your own office — or this year, for the first time, we're offering viewing pods where you can join with other practitioners in your locale on Sept. 15 and 16 to view each day's presentations.  Lunch will be provided at the pods following the conference adjournment both days so you have an opportunity to network with your fellow attendees and share your thoughts on all that you heard that day.  The pods will be located in Tacoma, Issaquah, and Spokane Valley.  (For further information about in-person viewing pods contact cle@wsba.org.)

Watch your inbox for the e-flyer that will give detailed descriptions of each of the wonderful presentations on offer to you.  We think you'll agree with us — it's a great program!!

$325 - Solo & Small Practice Section Members (discount applied at checkout)
$360 – Standard/Non-Section Members
$360 – Join the Section 
[add the Related Items Solo & Small Practice Section membership ($35) to your cart during checkout and register at the discounted rate ($325)]

 


Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Solo and Small Practice Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting! 

For more information about the Section and its executive committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

At-Large Member: two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.

Jordan Couch 

Darcel Lobo

Nicholas Pleasants

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org


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

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 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 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 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

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.

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 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.


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


Schedule of Upcoming Section Executive Committee Meetings

2022 Executive Committee (EC) Meetings currently are scheduled to take place noon to 2 p.m. via Zoom unless otherwise noted below. To join the 2022 Zoom Meetings please use:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7517410489

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

Currently scheduled EC Meetings include:

  • Tuesday, June 14, beginning at approximately 1 p.m. (following the Annual Section Meeting)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 10, noon
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, noon
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14, noon
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023: Executive Committee Retreat; start time TBD

Executive Committee

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*: Jordan Couch (2021-2022) 

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Joseph Riemer

At-large Members:  
Jordan Couch (2020-2022)
Kristina Larry (2020-2022)
Darcel Lobo (2020-2022)
Nicholas Pleasants (2020-2022)
D. Bruce Gardiner (2021-2023) 
Jessica Jensen (2021-2023) 
Kari Petrasek (2021-2023)

Adviser Members*
Ann Guinn
John Redenbaugh

*Nonvoting member

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 Shashi Vijay. For more information about the Executive Committee members, check out their biographies.