GP|Solo Law Trends & News: Practice Area Newsletter

A service of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

May 2007  •  Volume 3, Number 1

Practice Areas

Dear Division Member:

Below is the first issue of Law Trends for this bar year. I am sorry for the delay but, like vintage wine, it is well worth the wait. As with prior issues, this e-newsletter includes articles, checklists, and other valuable practice information and practical tips, all from each of our substantive practice areas in the Division. This issue highlights some emerging areas such as some new Bankruptcy issues, some interesting checklists to use in real estate issues as well as use of e-discovery in various applications, and many more. Thus, I am delighted to attach your first edition of Law Trends for this bar year.

With this issue, Law Trends is now three years old. We hope you agree that with each edition, Law Trends continues to provide meaningful articles for each of you and continues to improve. We trust that this edition, like the others, continues to be helpful to you in your daily practice. I encourage you to take just a few moments to read the list of articles included. Of course, it is 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.

There are many Division members integrally involved in putting this e-newsletter together. Their hard work and dedication are certainly present. I thank them for producing this issue for the Division.

I hope each of you enjoy this issue of Law Trends. The publication will continue quarterly and we hope you continue to find it as a source of valuable information. If you are interested in either writing an article for the summer issue or participating in the production of the newsletter or are interested in getting involved in any way, please contact Jim Schwartz, at Jim can direct you to the proper practice area 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. 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.

I hope to see you at the GP|Solo 2007 Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Best regards,

John P. Macy

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Business Law

Scott Laufenberg

Business Law Group Coordinator

Scott LaufenbergScott received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and he received his J.D. and a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University. After clerking for the Kentucky Court of Appeals upon graduation, he currently practices with the firm of Kerrick, Stivers & Coyle, P.L.C. in Bowling Green, KY. He is also an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University where he teaches an upper-level course on legal principles to students pursuing degrees in business-related majors.

Estate Planning

Family Law


Henry M. DeWoskin

Litigation Group Coordinator

Henry M. DeWoskinHenry 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 Major 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.

Real Estate