Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Winter 2019, Volume 25, Issue 1

Letter From the Chair

By Renee N. G. Stackhouse

Renee Stackhouse is a San Diego trial attorney and founder of Stackhouse, APC who focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, military, and criminal defense. She is Chair of the CLA Solo & Small Firm Section, Immediate Past President of California Women Lawyers, President of the CWL Foundation, and sits on the San Diego County Bar Association. She is faculty at the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College and the founder of She can be reached at

Don’t settle this year; thrive.

As Solo and Small Firm business owners, managers, and stakeholders, we are the law firm. Have you asked yourself what you are going to do this year to make achieve your goals? Have you taken the time (I know it’s so hard) to sit down and actually figure out what your specific goals are? If not, I highly encourage you to do so. We all want to be successful (whatever that means to you), we all want to make enough to at least pay the bills every month, maybe we want to "do better" than last year or "network more" or "get on a board" or "insert vague aspiration here." Let’s get specific. Let’s make a vision board or a specific goal list if crafting makes your skin crawl.

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