A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
August 2005
Volume 1, Number 4
In this issue...

Dear Section Member: 

Last fall, we launched GP|Solo Law Trends & News, a new member service. At that time, I told you this e-newsletter would be published quarterly and would be a product of articles, checklists, valuable practice information, practical tips and information from each of our substantive practice areas in the Section. I am very pleased to attach the fourth and final edition for the 2004 – 2005 bar year. This e-newsletter has been very warmly received by the members of the Section and we have received many notes and emails about this addition to the Section's on-line publications. 

Like the previous 3 issues, this  newsletter contains many timely articles, checklists and practical tips on topics of importance to our members. We hope they are helpful to you in your daily practice. I strongly urge each of you to take a few moments to read the wonderful work here. Of course, they are yours to download and keep as a reference for the future. And, as in the past, you can either download specific articles or you may download the entire newsletter by clicking the pdf link located below and read all of them at a later time when you are away from your computer.

There are many Section members integrally involved in putting this e-newsletter together. However, the individual member-volunteer that has taken the responsibility of coordinating the entire effort of making sure this publication is in fact produced on a timely basis is Jim Schwartz from Chicago. Without Jim, the quality and timeliness of this publication would have easily faltered. I publicly thank him for producing this new publication for the Section. Also, without the hard work and assistance of the Practice Area Coordinators and each of the E-Newsletter editors, none of this would have been possible and I thank each of them very much. Thanks also goes to Doug Knapp and the other staff members for their hard work in making this project such a success this year.    

I hope each of you have had as much enjoyment in reading the  Law Trends articles this year as I have. It will return next year and I know it will continue to be as informative as it was this year.  If you are interested in either writing an article for the fall issue or coordinating the behind the scene action of producing a newsletter or are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Jim Schwartz, Law Trend's editor, at attyjls@aol.com. Jim can direct you to the proper editor if you would like to submit an article to be considered for publication in one of these newsletters or help you get involved in publishing it.  I know that Jim is always seeking new writers and is willing to work with volunteers in submitting articles and working on the newsletter. Also, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this issue or other things you would like to see in the future, please contact Jim or me. 

Lastly, let me thank all the readers who have either commented on our work or those who just sit quietly and read the newsletter. I have come to know many of you over the years and I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting in Chicago later this week. For those of you that I have not yet met, please feel free to introduce yourself to me…..and if you are near the Sheraton Towers, please stop by the Chair’s Suite and say hello.

Best regards, 


Lee S. Kolczun, Chair 


A Primer on Sweeping Bankruptcy Reform

Criminal Law for the Business Practitioner

Please Release Me: Prospective Exculpatory Covenants in Arizona

Practicing Safe Computing:
Security Tips, Products and Services to Protect Your Small Firm

Think Before You “Click”

 Profile: Jeffrey Jacobson, Business Law Group Editor
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Jeffrey received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in 1992, his Masters of Public Administration from Arizona State University in 1994, and his law degree cum laude from Whittier Law School in 1998. Jeffrey has held numerous leadership posts in the ABA and other bar associations. Jeffrey spent the past 5 ½ years as a prosecutor, first as a Deputy Pima County Attorney and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Tucson, Arizona. He was also named 2004 Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Southern Arizona Chapter. Jeffrey recently transitioned into private practice and is an associate with Waterfall, Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw, and Villamana, in Tucson.


You Don’t Do Estate Planning? Practical Advice For Your Clients

Helping Clients Deal With Some Of The Emotional And Psychological Issues Of Estate Planning

How To Manage An Estate Practice

Talking About Estate Planning

 Profile: Henry M. DeWoskin, Taxation Commmittee Chair

Henry M. DeWoskin is a partner at the law firm of Alan E. DeWoskin, P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri. His practice consists of wills, estate planning, military law, probate, domestic relations, social security and general civil litigation. Henry holds multiple positions in the GP Solo & Small Firm Division and the YLD of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. In addition, he is a Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the United States Army Reserves. Henry received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1992 and his J.D. from Temple University in 1996.


Anatomy of Trial Technology

How To E-Mail Documents To Opposing Counsel

Inside The Juror's Mind

Writing Tips


Making the Cross-Cultural Case:
Educating the Judge About Race, Religion, and Ethnicity

Domestic Violence Ten Years Later

Duress Diverts Dual Tax Liability For Joint Returns

Is it Against the Law to Run Away from Home?


Key Drivers for Negotiating a Commercial Lease for the Small Tenant

Outline of the Torrens Act

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