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General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionThe Buzz

 

 

DECEMBER

2009

 

Buzz-Worthy

We Look Forward to Seeing You in 2010!

The holidays have arrived, and we want to take this time to extend our warmest wishes to you. The past few months of the 2009–2010 bar year have been filled with many successes—in particular, the National Solo & Small Firm Conference. We have also provided monthly CLE teleconferences for our members who have been unable to join us in person. To help those solos and small firm lawyers with limited resources, we are working on updating the website to include current products and services to help you be a better lawyer.

You should be very proud of the volunteer work that you have accomplished with the ABA GPSolo Division! Some members have chosen to become actively involved by serving in volunteer roles; and some of our members choose to limit their participation to one of our many list serves (such as SoloSez), read our monthly publications and e-newsletters, visit our website, or contact us when they have specific needs. How involved you are in GPSolo is entirely your call, and we value your time and effort.

So much of our success is because of your kindness and support, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We truly enjoy the work we do at the ABA and appreciate your enthusiasm and support for the Division!

As you make your plans for the new year, please be sure to check our upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you in 2010!

Membership Renewal

Don’t miss out on The Buzz and other valuable resources your ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division membership provides. Make sure your membership has been renewed before February 26, 2010, to continue uninterrupted membership in ABA GPSolo. Simply click here and use your ABA ID Number and password to check your account status or pay online. Call the ABA’s Service Center at 1-800-285-2221 to renew now!

GPSolo Long Range Plan

The ABA GPSolo Long Range Plan was revised by the Long Range Planning Committee at the Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, California, and the ABA GPSolo Council recently adopted it. Please note that appendices A, B, and D are included in the document. Appendix C will be submitted to the Council for review and approval at the Spring Meeting. To review this information, please go to http://new.abanet.org/divisions/genpractice/Pages/default.aspx.

Awards Program

Call for Nominations: 2010 Solo and Small Firm Awards Program

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual 2010 Solo and Small Firm Awards. The annual awards program recognizes dedication to the practice of law as general practitioners or solo or small firm lawyers. Each year the Division honors outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations at the Division’s Awards Ceremony held at the Spring Meeting. Recognition is given for Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, Solo and Small Firm Project Award and Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award.

Winners will be honored at the Division’s 2010 Spring Meeting Breakfast at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, on May 15, 2010.

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award - Recognizes attorneys who have wide acceptance as having significant lifetime distinction as solo or small firm practitioners. It recognizes exceptional achievement by solo and small firm practitioners who are widely accepted by their peers as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award - Designed to reward bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award - Recognize attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

 


The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.

Diversity and Young Lawyers Fellowships

Call for Diversity Fellowship Nominations

The American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity fellowships in the Division during the 2010–2011 bar year. The nomination applications deadline is March 31, 2010. For more information, please visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Call for Young Lawyers Fellowship Nominations

The American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Young Lawyer fellowships in the Division during the 2010–2011 bar year. The nomination application deadline is March 31, 2010. For more information, please visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Call for Midyear Agenda Items – Important Deadline January 11, 2010

Please prepare to submit your Midyear Meeting committee report. Be sure to provide all items in electronic format and use the attached Council Agenda Book Report Form to submit these reports. Agenda items may include the following:

Committee Reports: Committee chairs are requested to provide a one-page report. These reports should provide updates on committee activities and projects and should include the following:

  • what communications you’ve had with your committees
  • where you are in completing your annual planned activities
  • what is the status on any newsletters, CLE, publications, articles for GPSolo, etc.
  • what plans you have for the rest of the bar year
  • anything else that need to be reported on

Action Items: These are issues that require discussion, reporting, and/or decision making on the part of the Executive Committee and Council. Examples include a request for support of matters appearing before the House of Delegates, revisions of Division policies, requests for use of extraordinary Division resources, etc.

Information Items: These items are for the Council and Executive’s information and do not require action.

If you are submitting materials other than a committee report, please be sure to indicate whether it is an action or information item.

Please complete the form in detail and return it by January 11, 2010. All reports should be sent to the attention of Kimberly Anderson, director at the Division office at genpractice@abanet.org or by fax to (312) 988-5711, with a copy to your assigned Group Director, who will report to the Executive Committee at the Midyear Meeting.

Group Director Reports Due by January 18

Division 1 – Administration – Jeffrey L. Solomon – jsolomon@solomonlawfirm.net

Division 2 – Member Benefits – Jennifer A. Rymell – jarymell@msn.com

Division 3 – Practice Specialty – Elio F. Martinez – emartinez@cfclaw.com

Division 4 – Practice Setting – Marilyn J. Harbur – marilyn.harbur@state.or.us

The GPSolo Division’s Executive Agenda will be available online the week of January 25, at www.abanet.org/genpractice in the Division Leaders section. All executive members, please print the agenda book for your review and bring it with you to the meeting. The Executive Committee will meet during the Midyear Meeting on February 6, at the Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

If you have any further questions, please contact your Group Director directly or the Division Office at genpractice@abanet.org or (312) 988-5648 or via fax at (312) 988-5711.



 

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