Solo & Small Firm

Message from the Section Chair

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Renée N.G. Stackhouse, Chair
San Diego, CA

SSF Friends,

Welcome to August.  You’re going to see California Lawyers Association through a new lens with its official Brand Launch which rolled out on August 6. Despite the fabulous new, modern look, you’ll get the same great CLA that you’re used to.

In coordination with the branch launch roll out, CLA will be offering a one-time membership promotion. New members can join for $40 for the rest of 2019 and existing members can join another section for the rest of the year. We encourage you to explore another section and to share the promotion with friends who haven’t join yet and encourage them to become a member.

#SSF Speaks Out

If you have not heard, a hot topic at the State Bar of California is a proposed change to the Professional Rules of Conduct which would allow non-lawyers/A.I. to provide legal services. Do I have your attention, now?! You can read the recommendation from the State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) here. Public comment opened July 22 and it is imperative that solos and small firms be heard on this issue. We encourage our individual members to keep an eye on this issue and use your voices to speak up and speak out.

#SSF Supports

We also hope you’ll join us at some fabulous upcoming educational events. On September 20, we will host our Southern California Symposium on Solo Success at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. It will focus on what SSF members need: how to open, manage and grow you firm and the tech you need to do so. Our Section also has several Executive Committee members speakers at October’s Annual Meeting, including Nancy Goldstein, Robert Klein and Jeremy Evans speaking on “The Many Hats Lawyers Wear: Owning a Solo or Small Firm Practice” and myself with David Majchrzak on “Far From the Shallow: Management Tips for Solo & Smalls.” We look forward to seeing you there!


The first “SSF Life” comic debuts in this month’s Solo Advisor and I hope you enjoy it. Our goal was to provide inspiration, to highlight some of the funny moments in our practices special to SSF, and to provide connection to our members through the sharing of similar experiences without doing it at our expense.

As my friend, Lilys McCoy, President of the San Diego County Bar Association, recently wrote in her article originally published in the May/June 2019 issue of San Diego Lawyer, “[the] desire to change society, to make it more fair, to bend it towards righteousness is, I think, why I don’t tell lawyer jokes any more. It’s because lawyers are not just workers in the law; they are leaders in society. We care about others and we want to do good; we want to make the world a better place. And so we do.”  

With a diverse cast of characters, we hope SSF Life will resonate with you and help you find the joy and humor in being a lawyer. Please reach out and let us know.

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Your Chair,
Renee N. G. Stackhouse 

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