The WSBA Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) thanks retiring practice management advisor Pete Roberts for his career of service. For 13 years, Pete worked with WSBA members to provide low-cost and confidential professional assistance with office administration. If you’re a solo and small firm practitioner, or you are opening or closing a practice, learn more about what LOMAP can do for you. Here’s a farewell note from Hal Prukop, a WSBA member and LOMAP client, wishing Pete a happy retirement.
I first heard about Pete Roberts from another attorney I networked with last spring, who had high praise for Pete and LOMAP. Later, Pete spoke about LOMAP during my readmission course in August 2013. I found him to be very experienced and someone who could provide worthwhile, real-world advice. Read more
Most attorneys and law students are aware of Admission to Practice Rule (APR) 9 (colloquially referred to as Rule 9), authorizing law students with a minimum amount of their J.D. completed to practice law under the supervision of a qualified attorney. Starting Jan. 1, APR 9 will undergo numerous changes that will significantly affect both supervising attorneys and their licensed legal interns.
The WSBA strongly advises supervising attorneys, current licensed legal interns, and current law students to review the new APR 9 closely. These changes will have several significant impacts on both supervisors and interns. Here are some of the highlights:
- APR 9(b)(3): In light of changes to APR 3 permitting graduates of non-ABA approved law schools (U.S.-based or foreign) to sit for the bar exam after completion of an LL.M. degree at an ABA approved law school, APR 9 authorizes LL.M. graduates not admitted to the practice of law elsewhere to apply for an APR 9 limited license. Read more
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Last week we determined that most solo and small firms are probably small employers. This week we speak to the solo attorney.
How does the ACA affect you when you are the only employee of your firm?
If you are a true solo, meaning you do not have any employees except you in the firm, then you are not considered an employer and you can get health insurance through the Washington Marketplace (or a state or federal Marketplace for your location, if you are not in Washington).
The ACA uses the common law definition of employee. Generally, if you can control what that person does for you, she is considered your employee. This broad definition may very plausibly bump even a contract attorney or a contract bookkeeper into the employee category for purposes of the ACA, making you an employer with certain notice and reporting requirements. Even if you don’t think you are, do the analysis to determine if you are an employer.
I’m a true solo attorney. How do I use the Marketplace? Read more
As a teenager, I decided expletives were no longer off-limits to me. While I didn’t call it this, I developed a nuanced contextual analysis to determine where and when to swear, instead of an across-the-board moratorium. There were the people and places I would never dare to swear in front of: never in church and never in front of my grandma. Then there were the places and people I shouldn’t swear in front of, but boy, what dramatic effect when I did! Sometimes a well-chosen expletive was the exclamation point I wanted, even if it got me in trouble. (Yes, I was a grandstander in school. I admit it.)
Over the years, I have mellowed, and my list of swearing venues has dwindled, but the framework of analysis has persisted. Some folks will say, “Don’t ever swear at work! You will never get promoted and people will think you are dumb.” Others hold blowing off steam makes for bonding and camaraderie at work. There are offices (and apparently cities) with a cursing culture. I hear more cursing than I used to, and sometimes it surprises me, but I am not of the mindset that if you swear, you will never “make it.” I still rebel against the moratorium and instead choose conscious evaluation of propriety based on circumstance. Here are my guidelines: