Low Bono and Solo Initiative
The Low Bono and Solo Initiative assists Law School alumni in starting and sustaining their own solo practices or small firms, including those setting up their own practices with the intent of serving clients of moderate financial means.
The Initiative offers interested alumni Continuing Legal Education Programming (CLEs) and workshops, and sponsors the Low Bono Incubator Program. To pursue any of these opportunities, please see the resources and community connections below. For more information about the Low Bono and Solo Initiative, please contact Suzanne Skinner at the Access to Justice Institute at email@example.com or 206-398-4168.
The Low Bono Incubator Program
We have a justice gap in our society: a growing number of people who need legal services cannot afford to hire an attorney but they make too much money to qualify for free legal aid. The School of Law seeks to fill that gap by encouraging its graduates to build low bono practices which offer high quality legal services at reduced fees to clients with moderate financial resources. Run by Access to Justice Institute, the Low Bono Incubator Program provides mentorship and other support to participating alumni's new low bono practices for one year from January through December. The program's first cohort of Incubator Attorneys started in 2014. Learn more about our 2014 cohort, 2015 cohort, and 2016 cohort.
Apply now for the 2017 Low Bono Incubator Program!
Through a collaboration between the Access to Justice Institute, the Center for Professional Development, and the Office of Alumni Relations, the Initiative offers a series of CLEs and workshops geared to support lawyers who are in the beginning stages of launching or running a solo practice, with an emphasis on best practices for new low bono practitioners.
Creating Your Law Firm: Your Vision, Your Life
Wednesday, December 7, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Law School Annex 142 (E. Columbia St. between 12th and 13th Ave.)
1.5 CLE credits approved. Free for in-person attendance - RSVP here.
Jenny Anderson will share her experience starting a low bono practice before "low bono" became a trend, and how she grew her solo practice to a three-partner firm. Greg McLawsen will discuss how his decentralized, cloud-based immigration law firm allows him to work while traveling in Asia, and has part of its team based in Bangalore.
The goal is for you to leave this CLE feeling energized and capable of taking on the challenge of starting your own firm.
Other training resources offered by the larger legal community include:
The Low Bono and Solo Initiative aims to connect new attorneys aspiring to set up solo and small firm practices to others in the same community. The following are ways to connect with the solo and small firm community, including ones focused on serving moderate mean client communities:WSBA Low Bono Section
This group brings together attorneys and professionals dedicated to providing low bono legal services to clients of moderate means for the purpose of sharing resources and supporting each other.WSBA Moderate Means Program
Through a partnership between WSBA and the three WA law schools, law students perform intakes of moderate income clients and make referrals to attorneys willing to charge reduce fees. Click here to sign up to be a Moderate Means Program attorney and receive referrals. Click here for information on how to get involved with the program as a law student.WSBA Solo and Small Firm Section
This section helps solo and small practice attorneys to ethically conduct a profitable, satisfying business by acting as a clearinghouse for qualified law practice management and technology information.KCBA Solo and Small Firm Section
This section provides opportunities to discuss common problems and solutions, and receive benefits usually associated with large firms such as immediate access to fellow associates for referrals and advice through an active E-mail listserv, a Web site to provide marketing opportunities, and the use of high end equipment by sharing resources. Monthly meetings feature speakers on issues relevant to the solo or small firm including practice management, technology and marketing.WSBA Substantive Law-based Sections, KCBA Sections and Specialty Bar Associations
The sections and associations offer members a collective voice and the opportunity to become better acquainted with other bar members who practice in similar areas of the law.
Past Low Bono and Solo Initiative OfferingsSeattle University School of Law Library
All alumni have lifetime library privileges. Graduates enjoy complete access not only to the print collection, but also to our extensive microfilm and government document collections.Seattle University Audit Courses
Our law graduates may audit up to a total of six credit hours of law school classes free of charge. Course enrollment is on a space-available basis and subject to instructor's approval. In some cases the Washington State Bar Association grants CLE credits for such enrollment.Lexis Nexis Discount for New Attorneys
Recent law graduates who are starting their own practice are eligible to access Lexis.com/Lexis Advance subscriptions for $50/month for up to 18 months. Contact the Lexis representative for more information.WSBA