DIVISION NEWS
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM
Second Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 5-6, 2007 Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mark your calendar now for the Second National Solo & Small Firm Conference, which will take place in conjunction with the American Bar Association General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division’s Fall Meeting in Philadelphia.

It’s a growing trend for small-firm lawyers to gather to network with other like–minded lawyers, get information on technology products appropriate to their size of practice, hear well–known speakers, and just generally have a good time. The National Solo & Small Firm Conference allows you to build a network and develop referral sources from across the country.

The educational offerings at the conference will feature presentations from a mix of nationally known legal technology experts, veteran members of the GP|Solo Division with advice to share, active participants in the Solosez online community, practice management advisors, and other solo and small firm lawyers just like you.

For more information about the conference, including a list of all scheduled presentations and speakers, and to register, visit the National Solo & Small Firm Conference website at: www.abanet.org/solo.

GP|Solo 2007 Spring Meeting Highlights

The GP|Solo Division’s 2007 Spring Meeting was held May 9 to 13 in Washington, D.C. By all accounts it was a very successful and productive meeting, including a Division Council meeting, numerous committee and leadership meetings, and swearing–in ceremonies for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the workload, attendees managed to find time for recreation, including exclusive tours of the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and the White House, all arranged by the Division for its members and their families.

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the 2007 Solo & Small Firm Awards, who were feted at the annual awards dinner on Friday, May 11. Charles J. Driebe received the Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award. Judge Ted Klammer and the Lake County Bar Association won the Solo and Small Firm Project Award for the Lake County, Ohio, Probate Court’s Third Annual Probate and Mental Health Conference. Bruce L. Dorner won the Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award.

The Division also wishes to thank its sponsors: Thomson West, the primary sponsor of the GP|Solo Division; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual; EPS; Tay Robinson of Strategic Settlements; and Attorney Technical Resources. Without the generous support of these sponsors the meeting would certainly not have been the success that it was.

Farewell to GP|Solo Staff Director Alexa Giacomini

A note from GP|Solo Division Chair John P. Macy:

A Resolution was adopted by the Council of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association at its Spring Meeting in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2007, and presented to Alexa Giacomini, Staff Director.

Alexa is leaving the ABA after several years to continue her service to the legal profession as Director of Marketing and Membership at the Illinois State Bar Association. The Division, acting through its Council in official session, extends its official recognition and thanks to Alexa for her service, leadership, and vision along with best wishes for all her future endeavors.

Good luck, Alexa! We’ll miss you!

ABA 2007 Annual Meeting

August 9–12
San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco, California

Will you be at the ABA 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco? Join the GP|Solo Division for a host of exciting educational programs and CLE, networking opportunities, and leadership meetings. The GP|Solo Headquarters will be at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. For more information, visit the GP|Solo Events page: www.abanet.org/genpractice/events.

Call for House of Delegates Nominations

The 2007–2008 GP|Solo Division Council will elect a new Division Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California, August 9 to 12, 2007. This is a three–year term to be filled through the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in 2010. Nominations must be provided to the 2006–2007 Division Secretary, James M. Durant, in writing at least ten (10) days prior to the beginning of 2007 ABA Annual Meeting. He may be reached via the mail c/o the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60610; via e–mail at hrgenpractice@abanet.org; or via fax at 312/988–5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self–nominations are acceptable.

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