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Annual Meeting Information »

ABA Annual Meeting in New York, NY, August 7 - 12, 2008, is fast approaching. It’ not too late to make plans to attend some of programs or events being offered by GP|Solo. You are sure to find at least one program that will assist in the development of your practice. Join us for the ABA Military Dining Out, the Solo & Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast, or the SoloSez™ Dinner.For up-to-date information about the GP|Solo CLE programs and the 2008 Annual Meeting Schedule of Events, please visit the GP|Solo Annual Meeting website.

Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast »
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division invites you to attend the Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus.
Making Your Firm More Profitable By Recovering Online Legal Research Costs – Have a chance to win an IPod® or ABA Bookstore Gift Certificate
Sunday, August 10, 2008
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Westin Times Square, Gershwin II Room, 4th floor
New York, New York
Registration is free. R.S.V.P. at or Phone: 312.988.5648 by Friday, August 1 (Acceptances ONLY).
View invitation for more information.

West Customer Service Focus Group » Free CLE
Have you used Westlaw or purchased a Westlaw* print product in the past 18 months?
We need 15 participants to participate in a focus group during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York. We would like to hear your customer service experience regarding these products.
Friday, August 8, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Westin Times Square, New York, NY
Respond to Kim Anderson, GP|Solo Staff Director, at by Thursday, July 31. Do not delay because space is limited!
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Win a Trip to Europe and Save Dough at the Expo »

Win fabulous prizes including a Europe trip for two at the NY Annual Meeting Expo!
While visiting the Expo, stop by ABA Member Advantage’s exhibit area to learn about savings from two new companies in the program and register for hourly raffles. For more information the ABA Member Advantage exhibit and Grand Prize, click here. To download the ABA 2008 Annual Meeting Program Book, click here.

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GP|Solo 2008 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference »

Join us to expand your network, sharpen your legal skills and participate in the 2008 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference.

For more information and visit the 2008 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference website.

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Ethics Checklists for Solo and Small Firm Practice »

As a follow-up to the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline’s meeting in Boston, MA, the ABA's Center of Professional Responsibility has developed the “Ethics Checklists for Solo and Small Firm Practice”. Download the checklis at http://www.abanet.org/cpr/regulation/scpd/checklist.pdf.

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GP|Solo in the Spotlight »

ABA Journal July 2008 Issue

The ABA Journal July 2008 Issue contains two articles featuring GP|Solo and Small Firm .
The "Your ABA" column, Safety Net , details how Congress is considering to authorize the ABA to create a nationwide network of volunteer lawyers to represent victims of domestic violence and comments by Judge Pamila J. Brown, who chairs the ABA Domestic Violence Commission and GP|Solo Division Judiciary Committee. Read more here.

The “ Solos and Small Firms” column, focuses on Terry Berger and the MD/DC/VA Monthly “Lunch Bunch”, a random group of Washington, D.C., solo practitioners, who meet on the last Friday of every month. Celebrating its ninth year, the group has grown exponentially from when it first started, its purpose has not. It’s simply a chance to gab, socialize and network with other solos about anything and everything. Read about their April 2008 meeting   here.

National Law Journal

Each year, the National Law Journal puts out a special section on the ABA that is given out at the Annual Meeting. The NLJ selects the entities they want to cover. This year – as last year – they have selected the GP|Solo Division.

Robert A. Zupkus, the incoming Chair of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, details how GP|Solo represents largest group of the nation’s lawyers in the upcoming article. More.

New Solo e-Newsletter »

The focus of the Summer 2008 Solo e-Newsletter is Office Management. These short articles, written by solo and small firm practitioners, offer insightful and helpful information on employee benefits, hiring procedures, associates, virtual assistants, communication and consulting mentor lawyers.

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Spanish-language Health and Financial Decisions »

Buenos diás!

In 2003, the ABA Commission on Law and Aging produced a Spanish version of its most popular consumer brochure "Health and Financial Decisions: Legal Tools for Preserving Your Personal Autonomy."

The Commission also produced a 19-minute Spanish-subtitled version of the video "In Your Hands: The Tools for Preserving Personal Autonomy." The video comes with a program guide that provides sample scripts and discussion points to help present the program. The video is available in DVD and VHS format.

The materials encourage seniors to use legal planning tools to ensure that their personal, health care and financial wishes are honored in the event they become sick, disabled or incapacitated.

They are wonderful tools for attorneys and advocates who work with Spanish-speaking seniors, caregivers, or family members.

To see the Spanish version of the brochure, go to:
http://www.abanet.org/aging/publications/docs/health_financial_desc_spa.pdf
 
To see the English version of the brochure, go to:
http://www.abanet.org/aging/publications/docs/HealthFinancial2004.pdf
 
The Spanish versions are now available for free, including shipping, while supplies last.
 
To request copies of the brochure, (and don't be shy, we have plenty) and copies of the video or DVD version of In Your Hands, please email: .

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