General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

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Law Trends & News

Practice Area Newsletter

American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

FALL 2009

Vol. 6, No. 1

Chair's Note

Dear Division Member:

Below is the first issue of Law Trends for the 2009–10 bar year. As always, the editors believe this is a very exciting issue, and I am very happy to present it to you. As with prior issues, this e-newsletter includes articles, checklists, and other valuable information and practical tips, all from each of our substantive practice areas in the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division. This issue also highlights some emerging areas, some interesting checklists, and much more.

In this issue, we have several estate planning articles, articles on some litigation trends, and things to look for in negotiating a commercial lease. Also in this issue are articles of interest to young lawyers, including what to do in a first interview with a client, how to conduct yourself during discovery, and many more. We are also continuing this year with our articles about practice tips for the solo and small firm practitioner.

With this issue, Law Trends is now in its sixth year. We hope you agree that with each issue, Law Trends continues to provide meaningful articles for each of you. We trust that this issue, like the others, will be helpful to you in your daily practice. I encourage you to take just a few moments to read the list of articles below. Of course, the issue 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 Jim is now in his sixth year as editor-in-chief, and I thank him for his work and dedication.

Best regards,
James M. Durant, III
Chair, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division







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GP|Solo Division Chair James M. Durant, III
Practice Area Division Director Elio F. Martinez
Law Trends & News Editor James Schwartz
Assistant Editors Jason Allen, Brian Annino, Anthony Archibeque, Ken Ashman, John Carr, Travis Cushman, Henry DeWoskin, Chuck Driebe, Todd Frommeyer, Jennifer Hilsabeck, Kathleen Hopkins, Chantis Jenkins, Travis Life, Ignacio Pinto, Jay Ray, Sarah Sharp Theophilus, Randi Whitehead

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