GP|Solo Class of 2007-2008

Tired of getting stuffed into your hall locker because you don’t know who all the cool kids are? Well, your days of torment are over. The helpful students at the Division Yearbook Club have decided to break with our school’s long-standing tradition and distribute cheat sheets ripped straight from the pages of next spring’s yearbook. We promise — they’re guaranteed to get you in with the in-crowd.

Just don’t tell anyone where you got it!

Who Is Keith McLennan?
Chair

• Formally, Keith “Kevin” McLennan (it rhymes… kind of).
• Partner in the law firm of Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McLennan, P.C., with an office in the Philadelphia suburb of Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
• Concentrates his practice on business law, commercial litigation, business organizations, personal injury, smart remarks and puns, estate and business planning and administration, contracts, copyrights, trademarks, intellectual property, and elder law.
• Received a B.A. from Rutgers College in 1981 and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1985; admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
• Served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2002, where he also served as Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director (simultaneously—and still the meetings lasted three hours); Chair of the General Practice Committee; and Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
• Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, where he led the fight for the passage of Rule 1.17, sale of a law practice by a solo practitioner, and against specialization certifications, because he is a jack of all trades, master of none.
• Member of the ABA House of Delegates, past Council Member for the GP|Solo Section, Past Chairman of its flagship program, Solo and Small Firm Day, and past chair of numerous committees in the GP|Solo Division; member of the West Advisory Board, where he is known as “Kevin.”
• Married to the late Dr. Michele McLennan, Associate Professor of Economics at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Devoted father and lacrosse coach for his two daughters, Kali (age 14) and Madalyn (age 11). Kali is a student at Agnes Irwin School and Madalyn is a student at Arcola Intermediate School.

Who Is Bob Zupkus?
Chair-Elect

• Formally, Robert A. Zupkus.
• Partner in the law firm of Zupkus and Angell PC in Denver.
• Has a very nice and excellent staff at his law firm.
• Has practiced litigation and business law for more than 30 years (and is close to getting it right) and is an expert in insurance coverage, insurance industry standards and bad faith claims, and employment and commercial litigation matters.
• Specializes in providing general corporate legal counsel geared toward high-tech industries (a techno-peasant, he is not).
• Enjoys drafting general benefit packages to retain technology workers (that’s why they get the big bucks).
• Lives in Denver with his wife, Donna.
• Can usually be found wearing a suit and tie at all Division meetings, regardless of weather.
• Former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
• Taught insurance at the University of Northern Colorado and currently Teaches trial practice at the University of Denver Sturm College.
• Frequent speaker before local, regional, and national audiences.
• Easy to talk to and enjoys the box lunches at Division meetings.
• Published in Defense Counsel Journal and For the Defense.
• Chair, ABA Standing Committee on Membership.
• Takes over as Division Chair in 2008.

Who Is James Durant?
Vice Chair

• Formally, Air Force Active Duty Lieutenant Colonel James M. Durant III.
• Staff Judge Advocate with the U.S. Air Force.
• Currently stationed at Hill AFB in Utah (tough duty).
• Got his B.A. and J.D. from Howard University in 1987 and 1990, respectively.
• Married to Karen E. Durant of Michigan and has two children, James M. Durant IV and Jonathan T. Durant. (Both are real cuties!)
• Little Jimmy gave his dad the idea for his year as Chair: Helping People.
• Has had numerous Air Force assignments: Norton AFB, California; Dyess AFB, Texas; the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Vandenberg AFB, California; and Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Washington, D.C. (notice he never goes anywhere that is cold).
• In 2004 graduated from the Air Force Air War College via Correspondence. (Is that like a fly-over?)
• Participated in Operation Joint Force, HQ Airsouth, NATO, Naples, Italy, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia (okay, that was a cold one, but he left after five months and learned his lesson).
• Has many medals and commendations for his service (ask him about his ribbons next time he’s in uniform).
• Was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in September 2004.
• Takes over as Division Chair in 2009.

Who Is jennifer rose?
Secretary

• Formally, jennifer j. rose. (Try reading it like a sentence!)
• Born during the Truman administration (but really doesn’t remember much about it).
• Learned to walk and talk in Turkey (the country, not the bird), schooled in Southern California, practiced divorce law in Iowa for 20 years, and now lives in Mexico.
• 1976 Drake University Law School graduate.
• Was town attorney for three cities with a combined population of less than a thousand.
• Past chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law Section and former (and first woman) president of the 12-member Page County Bar Association.
• Served on ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar; now serves on ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight.
• Served as Editor-in-Chief of GPSolo magazine, 1995-2007.
• Editor, How to Capture and Keep Clients (she recommends the use of soft restraints).
• List manager for Solosez for the past decade.
• Most embarrassing Division moment: Moderating a CLE program at an Annual Meeting where the room was packed but none of the speakers showed up. Passing the microphone around the room, she recruited the attendees to talk.
• On her iPod: Kinky Friedman, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan.
• Lives alone with Goodman, her Doberman pinscher.
• Serves on the local historical preservation council.
• Remembers e-mail addresses better than faces.
• Blogs at www.staringatstrangers.com.

Who Is Dwight Smith?
Division Delegate

• Formally, Dwight L. Smith.
• Born in the middle of the Eisenhower administration (but doesn’t remember anything about it).
• 1981 graduate of University of Tulsa Law School.
• Served as GP|Solo Division Chair, 2005-2006.
• Member of Division Council since 1995.
• Current Chair of ABA Standing Committee on Public Education.
• Immediate Past Chair of ABA Commission on Youth at Risk.
• Chaired ABA Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners for three years.
• Served several years on Executive Council of ABA Young Lawyers Division, including three years as Division Delegate to ABA House of Delegates.
• Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
• Past chair (too long ago) of the Young Lawyers Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
• President (20 years) of the Board of Education, Independent School District Number 8, Sperry, Oklahoma.
• Member, 2001 Oklahoma State School Boards Association’s honorary All-State School Board.
• Has a solo practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma, focusing on commercial transactions, banking, dispute resolution, probate, and corporate law.
• Married to Vicki DeShong and has three children.
• Interests include travel, water skiing, snow skiing, music, and reading.
• Member, Osage Indian Tribe.
• Doesn’t own an iPod, but does have a small transistor radio he’s kept since the Eisenhower era that still brings in the tunes.

Who Is Bill Hogan?
Division Delegate

• Formally, William T. Hogan III.
• Born, raised, and practices in Boston, Massachusetts.
• Graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1981 and currently serves as a trustee.
• Former assistant district attorney.
• Served on the ABA Young Lawyers Division Executive Council and Cabinet.
• Served as GP|Solo Section Chair, 2003-2004.
• When not practicing commercial and banking law and general civil litigation, plays terrible golf.
• A skilled sailor — knows what dead reckoning really means.
• He and his wife Susan are the proud parents of four children.
• First car was a Chevy Monte Carlo.

Who Is Lee Kolczun?
Division Delegate

• Formally, Lee S. Kolczun (see if he’ll tell you what the “S” stands for).
• Born and practices in Lorain, Ohio (known as the county west of Cleveland).
• Retired from a rewarding career with United Airlines at the age of 25.
• Graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
• Studied gardening at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.
• Served six years on the GP|Solo Section Council.
• Served as GP|Solo Section Chair, 2004-2005.
• Authored Business Ventures for Physicians, now available at used bookstores.
• Practices workers’ compensation and estate planning as a solo.
• Most remarkably, has had two secretaries continue working with him for 30 and 27 years.
• Has his own physician billing company.
• Former Ohio assistant attorney general and assistant city prosecutor for City of Lorain.
• Commissioner on the Avon Lake (hometown) Planning Commission since 1997.
• Member of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation Board since 2000.
• Chaired the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation Board for six years.
• Served as president of Lorain International, a group of more than 1,000 volunteers of 52 nationalities who organized a weeklong annual festival.
• Parents his Yorkshire terriers.

The full Division Roster can be found online at www.abanet.org/genpractice/roster. A profile of Revenue Development Director Charlie White can be found in the December 2002 issue of GPSolo. A profile of Budget Director Stan Riffle can be found in the July/August 2004 issue of GPSolo.

Copyright 2007

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