Solo & Small Firm

Message From the Chair

Somita Basu
Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section
Santa Clara, CA

Well, we’ve made to the end of 2021. I’m still not certain if this is a feat of accomplishment or just survival. But either way, we should all take a moment to reflect on the challenges overcome, the lessons learned, and the moments of joy and success that Solo and Small Firm practitioners have fought hard for during a challenging year.

As we look forward to 2022, we face a number of challenges. The pandemic seems to be never-ending and remote practice, meetings, and court appearances continue to some degree in multiple counties throughout California.  The Solo and Small Firm Section is slated to become part of the California Lawyers Association ‘Community’, meaning that all members of CLA will have access to our content. We look forward to reaching more attorneys and helping improve the professional and personal development of all lawyers across all practice areas and all practice settings throughout our large, diverse state. Additionally, the State Bar of California’s paraprofessional proposal could wreck havoc on the practices of Solo and Small Firm attorneys, especially in the areas of family law and housing. If you haven’t seen our section’s wonderful presentation by Ashod Mooradian on the paraprofessional proposal, what it entails, and how it may impact attorneys, catch the replay On Demand. See link here: https://cla.inreachce.com/. This is important information that all Solo and Small Firm attorneys should know. The comment period ends on January 12, 2022. Make sure to let the State Bar know your thoughts on this sweeping proposal.

With 2021 largely in the rearview mirror and a hectic 2022 approaching quickly, I hope you all can find time to get some down time, recharge, spend time with your close ones, and get prepared for a busy 2022. I wish you all a wonderful, peaceful, healthy, and safe holiday season and look forward to continuing to work to help you all in the new year.


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