General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionMagazine

The Chair’s Corner / Florencio "Larry" Ramirez
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It is both a pleasure and a great privilege to serve as chair of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division for the 1998-1999 bar year. It has taken a tremendous amount of time and effort to accomplish my goal of becoming chair of what may be perhaps the most dynamic section within the ABA.

I pledge to you that I will work very hard this year to live up to the standards established by my predecessors and mentors, Earle Las-seter and John Clark, as well as the tremendous work of Bob Wright and Mike Massie. As usual, the Section faces challenges over the next year. This year the Section will focus its efforts on retention of current members and expanding the scope of our GP Link effort. In addition, we will look at ways to identify and provide the products, programs, and publications that our members want most.

Each year we face the increasingly difficult challenge of continuing existing projects as well as finding additional resources to provide better services and products. Without the assistance of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, our primary Section sponsor, we would not be able to provide the current level of service to our members. We will be working on ways to improve and strengthen our relationship with the Equitable during the next year. In addition, we are developing relationships with the Alumni Group, developers of PC Law and PC Law, Jr., accounting software for lawyers, and are continuing our relationships with Lexis/ Nexis and the Edward Jones Company. All of these sponsors provide resources that allow the Council and Section officers to allocate monies to projects such as our book program and our magazine GP Solo & Small Firm Lawyer, which comprise approximately 64 percent of our budget.

During a planning session for my year as chair of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, I was asked by jennifer rose, Editor-in-Chief of The Complete Lawyer, if there was anything I wanted to see the magazine focus on during my tenure as chair. One of the areas of greatest interest and concern to me are issues affecting children, so this issue of The Complete Lawyer will focus on children and the law.

I consider children to be the most valuable resource in our society. What our children learn, how they learn, and what they do with that knowledge will be the greatest legacy of our generation. I love teaching and talking to children. I love coaching and cajoling them to reach their greatest potential. In particular, the educational rights of children with disabilities has been an important and personal issue, which I explain in my article.

Following through on this critical topic, the Section will assist The Equitable in promoting and staging a charity golf tournament to benefit the Make a Wish Foundation at our Section’s Fall Meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on October 15-18, 1998.

I remain dedicated to finding ways the Section can meet the needs of general practitioners, solos, and small firm lawyers. However, in order to accomplish this task, the Section needs your ideas and input. While most of our members want only to receive the high quality substantive materials we send out each month, there are a great many rewards for those who seek to be more actively involved. I invite you to attend any of the upcoming Section meetings and programs that are scheduled throughout the coming year. Please contact me, any of the officers, or our Section staff if you have any ideas about ways to better serve our constituency or if you want to become more involved in Section activities. I look forward to a productive year. Take care. CL

     


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