Solo and Small Firm Section

News from the Section

  1. Message from the Chair
  2. Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Solo and Small Firm Attorney of the Year Award
  3. In The Know: Updates in the Law
  4. Up To Date
  5. Tips on Tech
  6. Section Publications
  7. Ongoing Opportunities for Self-Study & Participatory MCLE Credit

1. Message From The Chair

Terry SzucskoBy Terry A. Szucsko

As Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section, I feel it is my duty to let you know what your membership in the section means. Your membership provides you the resources to grow your law firm and to accomplish your goals by providing what you want most: networking, education, and practice and skills development.

We meet that need through our many membership benefits, including (1) complimentary subscriptions to Big News for Solo & Small Firms, along with the monthly e-newsletter; (2) numerous in-person MCLE programs and webinars throughout the state as well as in-person events for members to network and develop business; (3) the opportunity to write an article for either the e-newsletter and/or the Big News; (4) the opportunity to speak or create a program to speak to our members; and (5) 6 hours of free MCLE credits and discounts with CEB.

We invite all our members to take advantage of these benefits and everything else the section as to offer.

2. Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Solo and Small Firm Attorney of the Year Award

Deadline: April 1, 2016

The State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Section is pleased to request nominations for the Solo and Small Firm Attorney of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the Myer J. Sankary Reception at the Solo and Small Firm Summit held on June 17, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa. The NOMINATION FORM is posted.


Open to all solo or small firm attorneys. Membership in the Solo & Small Firm Section is not required. Self nominations are not accepted.

Nominee has:

  • Worked diligently to increase the public’s confidence in the legal profession
  • Demonstrated leadership and dedication to the legal profession
  • Contributed to the betterment of the practice of law
  • Devoted significant service to the public and legal community
  • Exhibited exceptional accomplishments in the practice of law
  • Contributed to the positive image of the legal profession


Must hold California Bar license and be in good standing with the State Bar of California

Must be able to attend Solo & Small Firm Summit on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Newport Beach to accept award.


Complete the nomination form and email to John Buelter Solo and Small Firm Section Coordinator, no later than April 1, 2016.

For more information, see Solo and Small Firm Attorney of the Year Award.

3. In The Know

Los Angeles Superior Court

The Los Angeles Superior Court has expanded limited jurisdiction unlawful detainer operations from seven to eight courthouses: The new courthouse is Pomona Courthouse South. The eight courthouses hearing Limited Jurisdiction UD cases will be ... Read more.

San Bernardino Superior Court

San Bernardino Superior Court’s new hours are as follows: All clerk’s office locations will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Public telephones will also be answered between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. ... Read more.

4. Up To Date

Four Things Every Civil Trial Lawyer Should Know About Writs

By Jeffrey Lewis, Broedlow Lewis LLP

A frequently asked question by trial lawyers is whether and when to seek immediate appellate review of a trial court order by way of a petition for writ of mandate or prohibition (“writ”) instead of waiting for a direct appeal following entry of judgment. Here are four things every trial lawyer should know about filing civil writs in California’s courts of appeal. Read more.

The Best Little Asset Protection Vehicle No One Has Ever Heard of—Securing Retirement

By Jeffrey Verdon, Jeffrey M. Verdon Law Group, LLP

Life is full of little surprises. Wondering if you have enough money for retirement should not be one of them. Imagine this...

You've worked your entire life to build a successful business, investing every spare penny back into your company. Your long-term plan? To sell the company when you turn 60 so you can live a life of leisure on the proceeds. Then, disaster strikes. Read more.

The Wild, Wild West of PAGA Litigation

By Neil Pedersen

In 2004, California enacted legislation that gave private individuals the right to stand in the shoes of the Labor Commissioner to enforce the Labor Code by seeking penalties for its violation, just as the Labor Commissioner’s Office could. This legislation, known as the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), essentially deputized any aggrieved employee to seek defined penalties and keep 25% of the penalties recovered as incentive to bring such actions to enforce laws the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement did not have the manpower or funding to aggressively enforce. Read more.

Ruling Affects Separating Couples Still Under the Same Roof

By Richard I. Ross, Esq., CFLS

There’s a new trend in divorce arrangements, and it can be awkward to say the least. Often when couples are considering divorce, they continue to live in the same house. It may not be ideal, but lack of funds or co-parenting challenges can contribute to spouses deciding to stay under the same roof, albeit in separate bedrooms. Read more.

5. Tips on Tech

By: Renee Galante

"Is a .law Domain a Viable Option?"

If you haven't heard, there is a new domain name player in the game. Instead of ".com, .net," and so forth, there's now ".law." As of April this year, if you wanted in on this new domain name, you had to file an "expression of interest" certifying that you are a lawyer and submit to a verification process. (See the ABA journal article Legal Markets Get an Early Crack at Law Domain Names.) And, it's catching on! Just last week, DLA Piper and Skadden, Arps, became two of the first firms to adopt the ".law" domain name. (See the Legal Intelligencer's article on Adopting a Law URL for Legal Marketing.) What do you think? Will you adopt a ".law" domain name? Share your thoughts with us by emailing

6. Section Publications

A. Big News for Solo and Small Firma

Henry S. DavidOur Section Magazine, Big News for Solo and Small Firms, is back as a quarterly publication. If you are a Section member, you should have been receiving our new and improved magazine.

We are currently accepting articles for our Annual Meeting edition. Please contact our editor, Henry S. David at:

B. Practice Books Available for Purchase

As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office is your personal executive team.

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office addresses what can be both a lawyer's most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where book one, "The California Guide to Opening a Law Office", left off, exploring the challenges of growing a law practice in detail.

Available in State Bar Sections Bookstore.

7. Ongoing Opportunities for Self-Study & Participatory MCLE Credit

Online CLE for Participatory Credit

Online CLEView Solo and Small Firm Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Choose from hundreds of hours of official State Bar of California MCLE programs. to see all the programs put on by the Solo and Small Firm Section, see Solo programs. To explore the catalog at large, see

Self-Study CLE

Self-Study TestsOnline articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. For more information, see our online catalog of articles.

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Solo and Small Firm Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
FAX 415-538-2368

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