The Solo and Small Firm Section shall take as its province the enhancement of the skill of the lawyer in solo and small firm practice, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information essential to improvement of the lawyers' quality of legal services; the assistance of lawyers in solo or small firm practice in utilizing the best techniques, methods and procedures for carrying on the practice of law and providing legal services, so that lawyers engaged in the solo or small firm practice of law will improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality of legal services to their clients; the provision of a medium through which solo and small firm practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems common to them and to the legal profession, all to their mutual benefit and that of the Association and the legal profession at large; and the representation of lawyers engaged in the solo or small firm practice of law.
PBA. Bylaws, Article VI, Section 642
Hello and welcome! Hola y bienvenido! Ciao e Benvenuto! Bonjour et bienvenue! Hallo und herzlich willkommen! Привет и добро пожаловать! Olá e bem-vindo! 你好，欢迎光临! Bună și bunvenit! Γειά σας και καλώς ήρθατε!
Just as these languages span the globe, our section members’ practices cover the entire commonwealth and nearly every conceivable area of the law. What brings us together: we practice as solos or in small firms. What keeps us together: connections in substantive areas of law, law office technology and off-hours activities.
What does the section provide to its members?
Number one, our Listserv is a clearinghouse to obtain and provide substantive information and documents, ask about law practice management and ethics, post job openings, talk about tech issues and more. The Listserv is a limitless library of wisdom and immeasurable wit! And responses to inquiries arrive quickly, usually within a half hour or less.
Other benefits include a unified lobbying force to influence substantive legal issues and legislation to protect our members; representation for the interests of our members (as was just done relative to the president's appointment of a committee to review PBA dues); the Mentoring Initiative for those wanting mentors and those able to serve as mentors (for the long-term or a single thing), and a superb newsletter with innovative tools and techniques from experienced practitioners and columns about technology, legislation of interest and law practice management.
Our annual conference draws attendees from across the state to address problems encountered by all, improve their practice and quality of life, interact with members of the judiciary and connect with colleagues. This year's conference was July 25-27 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort.
Growing out of the 2017 and 2018 conferences is the section's Family Tree, the inspiration of past Section Chair Ken Milner. The “tree” provides a pictorial personal referral network with “leaves” showing the geographical location and areas of practice for members who have attended the conference.
The section also presents an annual award. The 2018 award was presented to Arlene Ann Dudeck of Cambria County. I may be (more than) slightly prejudiced, but I think this section is the best that PBA has to offer. With the Solo & Small Firm Section by your side, life and the practice of law are just a bit better, brighter and more connected.
Not already a section member? Join us. For questions and comments, please contact me at email@example.com or 717-846-2246.
Sara A. Austin