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2008 Spring Meeting Recap

The GP|Solo Division’s 2008 Spring Meeting was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from May 1-3. By all accounts, it was a very successful and productive meeting. Some of the highlights of the meeting include:

Various committee meetings and a Division Council meeting
Law Student program at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Joint reception with the Judicial Division
Several fun evenings in the Chair’s hospitality suite located on Bourbon Street
The New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Opening Session & Welcome Reception: Attendees at the Spring Meeting paraded from the Royal Sonesta Hotel to the Jones Walker Law Firm where the opening session & welcome reception was hosted. A special thank you to Guy deLaup, President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, for his welcoming remarks! Visit the Gallery of Pictures and watch the Parade

Congratulations to Charles A. White, Jr. the 2008 Solo & Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award recipient who was honored at a luncheon for his numerous years of service to the ABA and the GP|Solo Division. All the best to Charlie and Tricia!
Charlie & Trish White

A Day of Service Honoring Hope for Victims of Domestic Violence
GP|Solo, the Commission on Domestic Violence and the Judicial Division co-sponsored a public service project called Honoring Hope for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Day of Service and Learning in New Orleans. The program started with an outstanding CLE Program. Judge Pamila Brown served as the moderator, and other panelists included Bernadette D'Souza, Managing Attorney, New Orleans Legal Assistance, Joan Miller, Director of Project Save, Melanie Talie, Assistant District Attorney New Orleans Parish and Professor Tania Tetlow, Tulane Law Domestic Violence Clinic.

In the early afternoon, volunteers toured the Family Justice Center located in a renovated fire station. After lunch, volunteers had a choice between painting play room at the Family Justice Center or assembling a play set and cleaning the play area at the Crescent House Healing Center. A special thank you to all of our members who volunteered to make a difference for the New Orleans community: Jennifer Ator, Judge Pamila Brown, Laura Farber, Jim Goodwin, Jamie Hawk, Rebecca Henry, Kathleen Hopkins, Bruce Hopson, David Levesque, Keith McLennan, Rev. Al Miles, Jay Ray, Julia Strange and Artika Tyner.

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Annual Meeting Information »

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The ABA Divisions, Sections, Committees and Commissions are developing over 200 CLE programs that will help you improve your professional skills and expertise. There will be abundant opportunities to network with judges and lawyers from around the world. The meeting also will feature the world’s largest legal EXPO, providing an array of goods and services pertaining to the practice of law.

For more information on the ABA Annual Meeting in New York, NY, August 7 - 12, 2008

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GP|Solo CLE  »

 Ethical Issues in Providing Legal Services to Elderly Clients, is a FREE CLE Webcast Sponsored by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, on June 18, 2008, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST.

This program looks at the difficult professional ethical issues that arise frequently in providing legal services to elderly clients, especially in the context of their family network. Using an audience polling system and a series of thought-provoking vignettes, this web cast will examine key ethical issues in elder law. Each presenter will discuss hot topics arising from the intersection of ethical issues and elder law, including, undue influence, and capacity.
Panelists will also focus on aspirational ethical standards in navigating these significant elder law issues.

“It Doesn't Have to Be the War of the Roseson June 20, 2008, is another upcoming GP|Solo co-sponsored teleconference available through the ABA-CLE Connection Teleconference Series.

This program is a practice-oriented roundup on the state of divorce law today, and relies on expert practitioners to talk about what approaches are making the process easier and mistakes lawyers make in this difficult area of practice. The Constructive Divorce Guidebook published by GP Solo Division and talks about the Certified Divorce Financial Analysts ,which was a GP Solo teleconference, are excellent companions to this topic.

ABA Members and Associates can earn CLE credit, or stay current on relevant legal topics.

For more information on the ABA-CLE, visit the ABA-CLE webiste.

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Office Depot Joins Member Advantage Roster »

Office Depot is the newest company to join ABA’s Member Advantage Program.

ABA members can save up to 35 % off Office Depot’s Web prices on items like furniture, copy and print, supplies and technology.

What does this mean to you? The typical adult spends more than $400 a year on office supplies. Apply the ABA discount to that figure, and you have a sizeable amount of savings. With the supplies needed for an average law firm, ABA members stand to save even more!

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Process Credit Cards the Right Way »

A Law Firm Merchant Account™ safeguards and separates client funds into trust and operating accounts keeping your firm in compliance with ABA and state guidelines for credit acceptance. Use credit cards to attract clients, win business, improve cash flow and reduce collections. To begin accepting credit cards contact Affiniscape Merchant Solutions at 866-376-0950 or visit www.LawFirmMerchantAccount.com.

Law Firm Merchant Account (TM)

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