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.
Announcing the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Solo & Small Practice Section
The Annual Meeting of the WSBA Solo & Small Practice Section will be held by zoom/telephone conference call on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and lasting until approximately 1 p.m. To participate, please use the following zoom link
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This meeting is designed to be primarily informational in scope, with the opportunity to give input and ask questions by section members during the meeting. Executive Committee members will be introduced, and a preview of currently planned webinars and activities will be provided. The agenda currently anticipates the following discussion areas:
1. Introduction of Officers
2. Financial Report
3. Overview of Currently Scheduled webinars
4. 2022 Solo & Small Firm Conference Virtual Conference on September 15th, 16th and 17th – sneak preview into speakers!
5. Request for Suggested Future Webinar Topics
6. Send suggestions to the SSPS Chair, Shashi Vijay (email@example.com) and for additions to the resources in the members-only area of the SSPS website to Kari Petrasek (firstname.lastname@example.org), and for future webinar topics to Shashi Vijay (email@example.com)
We look forward to seeing you online at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14.
Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader
Applications open on March 14, 2022, and close at 5 p.m. April 15, 2022.
The following section executive committee positions are open for applications. All terms begin Oct. 1, 2022.
- At-Large Member (four positions open): two-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2022, and ending Sept. 30, 2024.
To learn more about roles and expectations for serving on the section executive committee, review this volunteer position description, which provides a general overview of section executive committee positions—these may differ for each section.
Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.
Go to the myWSBA portal to complete the online application for open executive committee positions. The Section has requested that each applicant submit a resume and statement of interest with your application. These documents can be uploaded with your online application (pdf format only). Please be advised that application materials may be posted on this website for public viewing.
Note: If you are applying for more than one position on this or multiple sections’ committees, you must complete and submit all applications at the same time, as you will not be allowed back into the portal at a later time. Please make sure you are completing the applications within the application window for all of the relevant sections.
The Chair shall appoint a nominating committee each year consisting of no less than three (3) Section Members, at least one (1) whom shall not be a current member of the Executive Committee. The nominating committee shall publish to the Membership a call for candidates identifying the number of expiring (i.e., open) positions on the Executive Committee and shall recruit candidates to run for open positions. All applicants will apply through an electronic process administered by the Bar.
Alternate Nomination Process
The executive committee will also have an alternative process to allow for nominations to occur outside of the nominating committee process. Any Section Member may nominate him or herself to fill an open position on the Executive Committee and any EC Member may nominate a candidate; provided that, such candidate has expressed their willingness to serve.
All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2022. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.
For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
Responding to Pandemic
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 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.
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"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*: Jordan Couch (2021-2022)
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.