Happy New Year to all of you, members of the largest law firm in the world, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm lawyers. All the best to you and your loved ones in 2008 and beyond!
The new year causes me to reflect upon our accomplishments over the past year in an effort to allow you to simplify your practice, your profession and your life. For example, at the 2007 Fall Meeting and 2nd Annual National Solo & Small Conference held in Philadelphia in October. Although the Phillies lost their playoff to the Rockies, we hit a home run with record breaking attendance of over 250 solo and small firm lawyers; provided practical guidance to Law Students at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law on how to secure a job with a solo or small firm; and provided a face-to-face forum for our over 3,000 email subscribers on the SoloSez listserve.
Since then we have published our latest book ( The Lawyer’s Guide to Buying, Selling and Closing a Law Practice ), provided over 60% of all lawyers in private practice with a hands-on guide to electronic rainmaking with our December issue of GPSOLO , and enhanced our non-dues revenue development with a reconstituted Corporate Sponsors Committee, including a pending renewal of our Thomson-West sponsorship and bringing on Regus Virtual Offices as a new sponsor.
We still have a lot more to come! A fast approaching opportunity for our members is the ABA Midyear Meeting in Los Angeles on February 7-10. In addition to the Division's committee work, Midyear Meeting gives GP|Solo the opportunity to celebrate its role as home for the military lawyer in the ABA. We're sponsoring the Keithe E. Nelson Military Law Luncheon as well as hosting a swearing-in ceremony to the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for our members who practice in the Military Courts. The GP|Solo Midyear festivities will continue with a joint reception with the Young Lawyers Division, a Law Student practicum at UCLA on obtaining a job at a small firm, and the ever-popular hospitality suite on Friday and Saturday nights. More information may be found on our Website.
In order for these efforts undertaken by volunteer lawyers just like you to be effective, you must take advantage of them, as well as the many other resources of the Division. Failing to do so is, in effect, leaving “money on the table.” It is not too late! Act now to Simplify Your Practice and sign up for the Midyear Meeting (free registration!). And make sure to mark your calendar for our Spring Meeting to be held in New Orleans, May 1-4, as a joint meeting with the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and coinciding with the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Finally, as you may have noticed, the Buzz has a new look. We are excited to implement a consistent format for all of our e-Newsletters, including Law Trends , New Lawyer and Technology e-Report . Our goal is that you will be able to recognize all of our e-Newsletters as soon as you open your e-mail. We are simplifying our look to make it easier for you.
Keith B. McLennan
Chair, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division