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2008 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference »

Sign up early and you’ll save with the early bird rate.  After September 26th, the registration fee goes up $50 for everyone.  Members of GP|Solo and the New Mexico Bar Association, a National Solo & Small Firm Conference (NSSFC) co-sponsor, will also enjoy a discount of $75, in addition to the early bird reduction.  For information about registration, visit the website at http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/08fall/register.html
 
The NSSFC registration gives you -
 
1.  Four plenary sessions and three are CLE programs
2.  Fourteen CLE sessions
3.  Electronic version of all program materials
4.  Breakfast on Friday and Saturday  
5.  Lunch on Friday and Saturday
6.  Several prize drawings
 
The NSSFC is held concurrently with the GP|Solo and Small Firm Division's Fall Meeting.  At no additional cost, Conference attendees are welcome to attend GP|Solo's Opening Reception which is being held at the Governor's Mansion.  You are also welcome to attend Division Committee meetings.  Here's the Division's committee schedule.
 
The NSSFC is being held in the Hotel Santa Fe.  Make your reservation by September 1st to get the ABA discount rate.  For more information, see http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/08fall/generalinfo.html#a_confvenue   There are also two lower cost hotel options, although they do not have an ABA arranged discount rate.

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Call for Nominations for Difference Makers Awards »

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual awards program to recognize extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities and regardless of sexual orientation.  These awards have been expanded to honor local attorneys whose dedication has made a difference to the profession or the community.

AWARDS

  • Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers
  • Making a Difference through Community Service
  • Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work
  • Making a Difference through Service to the Profession

For a complete description of the awards and application process, please visit our Web page at Difference Makers Awards

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Division Council News »

The Division’s Council voted and approved to include the Standing Committee on Lawyers Title Guaranty Funds into the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division.

Council Vacancy »

The 08/09 Division Council will elect a new council member at the Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, October 4, 2008 to fill a vacant position created by Keith Brown's resignation effective immediately.   The term to be filled is through the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in 2011.  Nominations must be provided to the Division’s Secretary, Laura Farber 10 days prior to the Fall 2008 Council Meeting.   She can be reached c/o ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL  60654.  The email address is ; fax number is 312/988-5711.  No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.

Vacant Committee Chairs Appointments »

Appointment positions for chair of the Real Estate Law and Senior Lawyers committees are currently vacant.  Robert Zupkus is seeking leadership immediately.  Members of the Division who are interested in chairing either of the committees should contact the Division office at genpractice@abanet.org or (312) 988-5648. 

Call for Council Nominations - 2009/2010 »

The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2008 Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 2 - 5 to nominate individuals for the positions of Division Vice Chair, Secretary and Members-At-Large of the Council.  In accordance with §4.4 of the Bylaws, the Committee will nominate five Council Members-At-Large to serve four-year terms.  Minority applicants are encouraged.  The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division Bylaws.

Please return your completed questionnaire to the Division Office via email at genpractice@abanet.org or via fax at (312) 988-5711 or mail directly to ABA, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL  60654 postmarked by Monday, September 15 .

Annual Meeting Recap »

CLE/Solo Day

We have had another successful year of CLE at Annual Meeting in New York.  GP|Solo held 11 CLE programs including 4 Solo Day programs at the Presidential CLE Center and a program for law students at the Westin Times Square.  The Division also co-sponsored 22 other CLE programs with other ABA entities.  The Division’s CLE program helped so many attorneys at Annual meeting, we received great comments such as “ Everyone on the panel was very helpful & extremely knowledgeable.  I enjoyed the discussion very much.” and “Each speaker was very candid and gave excellent examples.”    We should all be proud to have put on CLE with such high quality. 

If you would like to put on a CLE program at Annual Meeting 2009 in Chicago, IL please contact Nicole Nikodem at nikodemn@staff.abanet.org.  We will be submitting applications to the ABA soon.

Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast

The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast had a dynamic discussion about the current practices and challenges for billing back online legal research costs to clients.  Look for more information on this topic in future publications!  A prize drawing was also held and we would like to congratulate our winners: Melanie Bragg, Sharon Campbell, jennifer rose and Debrina Washington. 

Regus© Virtual Office Contest  »

Free Virtual Office

Regus, a corporate sponsor for of  the GPSolo Division is sponsorsing a contest during the month of August 2008 to win a free virtual office.  To enter the contest click here to go to the the GPSolo home page http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/home.html and then click on the Regus logo in the right hand column.

http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/home.html

The Regus Virtual Office package ( up to $3,424.00 value) includes:

     •     A prestigious business address
     •     Dedicated local telephone number
     •     Two full days of private office use each month
     •     Full-time receptionist and personalized call handling
     •     Incoming and outgoing fax service
     •     Global business lounge access
     •     Preferred rates on office supplies and services

Additional charges will apply to the following depending on usage:

     •     Mail collection and forwarding service*    
     •     Access to professional conference rooms*
     •     Call patching & screening services*
    
Please read all of the terms and conditions page prior to submitting your name for consideration.

Prior to moving in, the winner will be required to: pay a retainer (ranging from $350-$750 based on the location of the property selected by the winner of the grand prize) and sign a service agreement. The retainer is 100% refunded at the end of the agreement term but may be used against any outstanding extra charges incurred during the year.

Good luck on winning your new virtual office.

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