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A Publication of the Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section of LACBA


Ann Schneider, Co-Editor in Chief
Anne Garrett, Co-Editor in Chief


Joshua Furman - Chair
Donna Kirkner - Vice-Chair
Carolin Shining - Treasurer
Matthew Norris - Secretary
Xinlin Morrow - Vice-Secretary
Erin Joyce - Immediate Past Chair


Sima Aghai
Marcia Brewer
Charles Caliman
Stuart Chelin
Kathi Donahue
Mohammed Eldessouky
Marina Fraigun
Anne Garrett
Alice Graham
Sharen Ghatan
Nancy Gray
Amira Hasenbush
Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson
Xinlin Morrow
Tom Myers
Matthew Norris
Zein Obagi, Jr.
Phyllis Pollack
Ashfa Randera
Amanda Rokita
Roger Rosen
Robin Sax
Ann Schneider
Michelle Seaenz
Marilyn Smith
Elizabeth Stewart
Caroline Vincent
Peter Weinberger
Richard Williamson



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Erin Joyce

The past 16 months were certainly not business as usual for the Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section or the world at large. In March 2020, as the world went into lockdown, the Small Firms section seamlessly moved programming onto Zoom. We hosted the first LACBA events on the platform I had only heard of in passing before the pandemic. The Small Firms Section has held a series of new member and general member mixers, countless MCLEs and generally held together as we all experienced the isolation of forced working from home. The active listserv has been a beacon for all of our members, a place to share ideas, get referrals and ask questions.

Now that things are beginning to open up and we enter the new normal, the Small Firms Section is in good hands with Josh Furman as the incoming Chair. I look forward to continuing to be closely involved with our section of small firms and sole practitioners.

Be well!

Erin Joyce
Immediate Past Chair



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Joshua Furman

Welcome to another amazing year of our Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section! I am honored to serve as your new chair and very excited about the upcoming year of programs, networking, and advocacy for the practitioners of Los Angeles County.

In its 2019 report the State Bar found that over 36 percent of licensed California attorneys work in a setting of 10 or fewer attorneys, more than any other employment situation for practicing lawyers.  We are the heartbeat of the legal community and the biggest difference for the California public in ensuring that the twin goals of confidence in the legal system and access to justice are maintained.  I am proud to be a sole practitioner, and in awe of the dedication, skill, and diversity of our sole practitioner and small firm community.

Our section has done an amazing job weathering the global pandemic and all the changes it wrought under the leadership of immediate past chair Erin Joyce, the Executive Committee, and our many dedicated committee chairs.  I would like to take another opportunity to thank Erin and the rest of the team for their ingenuity in facing the unprecedented circumstances of the past year.

Moving ahead, we will be able to leverage our new virtual meeting capacities along with (hopefully soon) a return to the fantastic in-person programs and events that our section has been known for.  I look forward to seeing you on the email listserv, virtually on camera, and again in person once conditions permit.  If you have any questions or suggestions concerning the section or LACBA, please feel free to contact me personally any time.

Joshua R. Furman

Upcoming Events
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LACBA Networking Meetings
There are seven FREE LACBA Networking meetings every month, meeting virtually or in-person as circumstances permit. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get to know other members and expand your referral network. You can check out as many of the LACBA Meetings as you like. Here is the link to the LACBA Networking Webpage, with all the details:

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End of Summer Virtual Mixer—August 25, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by and open to members of the Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section and the Barristers/Young Attorneys Section

This is a great opportunity to expand your professional circle and make new connections!

Attendees must register here:  Link (The attendance link will be provided upon registration.)



LACBA Networking Mixer with IALA and SCCLA– September 30, 2021, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Everson Royce Bar, 1936 E. 7th Street, Downtown Los Angeles

The time has arrived for everyone who has been virtually networking with us to socialize, mix and mingle in person. LACBA’s Seven Virtual Networking Groups are excited to invite everyone to join us at our first in person Networking Mixer on September 30, 2021, in Downtown Los Angeles.  The Mixer is co-sponsored by LACBA affiliates the Italian American Lawyers Association and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association. We will have a great group of people for networking. LA County Health Guidelines will be followed.

Cost:  $10 (appetizers and two drink tickets included)

Advance Registration Required: Link

Did You Know?

 . . . The LACBA Lawyer Well-Being Project, launched and inspired by 2019-2020 LACBA President Ronald F. Brot, provides resources, programs, and outreach information about substance abuse and mental health issues and focuses on all aspects of lawyer well-being that help us maintain and thrive.  If you or someone you know is facing difficulties in coping with life challenges, help is available.  Link

Become Involved!
We need your participation!

Our Executive Committee, and this Newsletter, are works in progress. If you would like the Section to address other focus areas, or would like to see additional features in the newsletter, let us know! Send your comments/inquiries to

We particularly invite you to become involved in one or more of our committees, provide comments or suggestions for programs and networking functions, and to author brief articles of interest to sole and small firm practitioners.

The Section encourages nonmembers to join the LACBA and our Section!
Membership applications are available at or by calling LACBA Member Services at (213) 896-6560.

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