Updated: Nov. 23, 2022

Small Town and Rural Practice Committee

The WSBA Small Town and Rural Practice — STAR — Committee is committed to strengthen and support the practice of law in the rural communities throughout Washington state. Members of the STAR Committee will work to ensure that the practice of law in rural communities is present, growing, and thriving.

Practitioners in rural communities are few and far between. Additionally, many of these practitioners are nearing retirement without a clear plan of succession for their clients, leaving a void of access to legal representation and counsel. The STAR Committee members will guide policy and program development, serve as ambassadors between the WSBA and these communities, explore and advocate for creative and innovative solutions, and regularly assess the legal landscape in rural communities to determine if WSBA policy, advocacy, and program development require further resource for sustainability and improvements. To learn more about the STAR Committee's purpose, composition, scope of work, and roles, review the STAR Committee Charter.

The formation of the STAR Committee is the result of work conducted by the Rural Practice Project.


RURAL PRACTICE: Small Towns, Big Opportunities

Join us 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, for a special Zoom event detailing the critical need for rural practitioners, big opportunities for new attorneys, and the incredible impact they can have on their communities.

Presented in partnership with the Gonzaga University, Seattle University, and University of Washington law schools and the WSBA Small Town and Rural (STAR) Committee.

Please RSVP here by Nov. 9.

Join the Zoom meeting.

More information.


Meet the STAR Committee Members

2022-2023

Kari Petrasek, Chair 
Term: Oct. 1, 2022–Sept. 30, 2024

Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024

Hunter AbellBoard of Governors Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024  
Current Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2024

Allison Foreman, At-large Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2023

Rusty McGuire, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021Sept. 30, 2024

Kathryn Burke, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2022-Sep. 30, 2025

Sarah Cuellar, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021–Sept. 30, 2023

Elizabeth Penoyar, Rural Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021Sept. 30, 2024

Merf Ehman, Qualified Legal Service Provider Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024

Zachary Bryant, Young Lawyer Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021- Sept. 30, 2024

Laurie Powers, Gonzaga University School of Law Member
Oct. 1, 2022 – Sep. 30, 2025

Erin Fullner, Seattle University School of Law Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2022 – Sep. 30, 2025

Vacant, University of Washington School of Law Member
Term: Oct. 1, 2021Sept. 30, 2024
Current Term: Upon AppointmentSept. 30, 2024

Mary Rathbone, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2023 

Sunitha Anjilvel, Board of Governors Liaison
Term: Term: Oct. 1, 2022- Sept. 30, 2023 

Julianne Unite, Staff Liaison
Chelle Gegax, Staff Support 

For questions, please email Committee Chair Kari Petrasek or staff liaison Julianne Unite.

STAR Committee Meetings

Next Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Washington State Bar Association, that a Small Town and Rural Committee meeting will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022  │ Time:12:10–1:10 p.m.
Zoom: Meeting ID: 879 0573 6111 | Passcode: 811616 | Zoom Link 

Please check back for agenda and meeting materials. 

 

Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please email julianneu@wsba.org.

Note: Discussion and action may be taken on any item on the agenda. The time and order of agenda items are subject to change at the discretion of the committee chair.

Past Meeting Materials & Minutes

FY 2022

October 2021
November 2021
January 2022
February 2022
March 2022
April 2022
May 2022
June 2022
July 2022
August 2022
September 2022