Volume 20, Number 6
September 2003


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SECTION NEWS
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM

Don't Miss It! Fall Meeting 2003 in Minneapolis
Join the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 16 to 19 for the Section's Fall Meeting and the Midwest Solo and Small Firm Success Conference. We are delighted to offer you educational programs designed specifically for solo and small firm practitioners. The Conference as well as the Section's committee meetings will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis, a convenient downtown hotel located near great shopping, restaurants, and other attractions.
Highlights of the meeting include educational programs, social events, and opportunities to meet with the representatives of West, CaseSoft, and Prolegia to demonstrate the best products for solo and small firm practitioners.

CLE Courses
The list below is only a taste of the 24 hours of programming to be offered. There's something for everyone.

Malpractice-Knowing What It Is and Dealing with It
Speaker: Tim Gephart, Prolegia Vice President of Claims
With years of experience in legal malpractice claims, Tim Gephart will present an innovative program on the risks of practice and how to avoid them. Tim will discuss the differences between malpractice and ethical violations and provide insight on working with your carrier and mitigating the damages. A practical presentation will be given on deciding how much and what kind of coverage you really need. This will be a good "nuts-and-bolts" presentation.

Researching on the Internet
Speaker: West Publishing
From the epicenter of legal research comes this outstanding program on the latest tools in legal research. The question is no longer, "Do I research on line?" That is a given. Now it is learning how to do it in the most effective and efficient manner. West representatives will introduce the latest innovations in online legal research while discussing the numerous options available for obtaining quality research products. These demonstrations will complement the ongoing demonstrations that will be available during the conference.

Controlling the Paper Tiger
Speaker: David Masters, Montrose, Colorado
The world of client and file management is becoming more complex every day. David will take you down the path of new technologies in the world of information management. He will highlight the good and the bad while giving you the criteria upon which decisions can be made. Plenty of time will be devoted to the low-cost alternatives and mixed-use formulas for the successful infusion of technology into your office paper management.

Fun Stuff
Welcome Reception and College Tailgate Party
Thursday, October 16, 2003, Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
This reception and dinner will give the participants an opportunity to meet the Officers and members of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section. Everyone is encouraged to wear their college school colors or the colors of their state's major university. An area pep band will lead the group in their schools' songs. Brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, and all the other foods associated with tailgating will be provided. Cheerleaders and pom-pom squads are welcome. It will be like homecoming all over again-we'll end the evening with a sock hop dance. Prizes will be given for the best fight song, school cheer, and sock hoppers.

Hotel Information
The Section has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. To make reservations, call the hotel directly (612/376-1000) or visit our website (www.abanet.org/genpractice) for online reservation information. In order to receive the discounted room rates of $135, be sure to indicate that you are attending the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Meeting. For online reservations be sure to use code AMB. Each person will be responsible for his or her own reservation. The final date to reserve a room is Monday, September 15, 2003.


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