GP|Solo Law Trends & News: Practice Area Newsletter

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

September 2007  •  Volume 3, Number 2

Practice Areas

Dear Division Member:

Below is the final issue of Law Trends for the last bar year (2006/07). I am sorry for the delay but some snags developed which we believe are now corrected. 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 General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. This issue highlights some emerging areas, some interesting checklists, the use of e-discovery in various applications, and much more.

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 below. 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 enjoys this issue of Law Trends. The publication will continue quarterly and we hope you continue to find it a source of valuable information. If you are interested in either writing an article or participating in the production of the newsletter, please contact Jim Schwartz at

I hope to see you at the GP|Solo 2007 Fall Meeting in Philadelphia!

Best regards,

Keith B. McLennan
Chair, GP|Solo Division

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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

Youshea A. Berry

Scott LaufenbergYoushea A. Berry is the founding member of the Law Office of Youshea A. Berry, PLLC., in downtown Washington, D.C. Her practice is focused on the areas of real estate law and small business/corporate law. Ms. Berry was recently selected to participate in the Urban Land Institute’s competitive Real Estate Associate Program (REAP). She also serves on the Public Relations Committee of African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) organization in Washington D.C.

Ms. Berry is active in local and national bar associations. Within the ABA, she is Assistant Editor of the Young Lawyers’ Newsletter, Vice-Chair of the YLD Law Practice Management Section, and a member of the West Solo Advisory Board. She was one of three attorneys in the nation selected to serve as a Diversity Fellow by the GPSolo Division of the ABA this year. Last year, she was selected as an ABA Young Lawyers’ Division Scholar and served as the Deputy Chair of the Real Estate Committee of the GPSolo Division. Ms. Berry earned her J.D. from Emory University and her B.A. with honors from Xavier University of Louisiana. She is admitted to the federal and state bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland and the U.S. Supreme Court.