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Volume 6, Number 2
April 2007

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GP|Solo Division Notes:

  • Highlights of the GP|Solo 2007 Spring Meeting
  • Farewell to GP|Solo Staff Director Alexa Giacomini
  • ABA 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA
  • GP|Solo at Conference for Minority Lawyers
  • Call for Nominations by the ABA Coalition for Justice
  • Congratulations to GP|Solo Member, Michael P. Hurley!
  • Division 4 Director Amy Lin Meyerson in Connecticut Lawyer
  • Million-Dollar Solos Featured in ABA Journal
  • GP|Solo Book Featured in Massachusetts CLE
  • GP|Solo Book Spotlight: The Corporate, Securities and M&A Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide
  • Popular Topics on Solosez

Note: Information on all this and more can be found on our Website at http://www.abanet.org/genpractice .

Highlights of the GP|Solo 2007 Spring Meeting

The GP|Solo Division's 2007 Spring Meeting was held this year in Washington, DC from May 10-12. By all accounts it was a very successful and productive meeting, including a Division Council meeting, numerous committee and leadership meetings, and swearing-in ceremonies for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the workload, though, attendees managed to find some time for recreation, including exclusive tours of the Pentagon, Capitol Hill and the White House, all arranged by the Division for its members and their families.

GP|Solo Spring Meeting - Washington, DC - May 10-13, 2007

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the 2007 Solo & Small Firm Awards: Charles J. Driebe, Judge Ted Klammer & the Lake County Bar Association, and Bruce L. Dorner, who were feted at the annual awards dinner on Friday night.

The Division also wishes to thank its sponsors: Thomson West, the primary sponsor of the GP|Solo Division; Minnesota Lawyers Mutual; EPS; Tay Robinson of Strategic Settlements; and Attorney Technical Resources. Without the generous support of these sponsors the meeting would certainly not have been the success that it was.


Farewell to GP|Solo Staff Director Alexa Giacomini
Alexa Giacomini

A note from the GP|Solo Division Chair, John P. Macy:

A Resolution was adopted by the Council of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association at its Spring Meeting in the Nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2007 and presented to Alexa Giacomini, Staff Director.

Alexa is leaving the ABA after several years to continue her service to the legal profession as Director of Marketing and Membership at the Illinois State Bar Association. The Division, acting through its Council in official session, extends its official recognition and thanks to Alexa for her service, leadership and vision along with best wishes for all her future endeavors.

– John P. Macy, Chair

Good luck, Alexa! We'll miss you!


ABA 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA

   Register Now for Annual Meeting 

Early Bird Registration Discount Deadline is Thursday, May 31st

The ABA 2007 Annual Meeting in San Francisco is less than three months away, so it's time to register for the meeting and make your travel arrangements. Join the GP|Solo Division for a host of exciting educational programs, networking opportunities and leadership meetings.

GP|Solo Headquarters Hotel:
San Francisco Marriott
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San Francisco, CA 94103
(P) 415.896.1600
Deluxe Single/Double $179
Concierge Single/Double $249

  • Events
  • Keithe E. Nelson Military Law Luncheon ( Fri, Aug 10)
  • Military Law Committee Dining Out ( Sat, Aug 11)
  • CLE Programs
  • Thursday, August 9
    > Terror in San Francisco: The 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing Trial ( Historical Trial)
  • Friday, August 10
  • Solo Day: Best of the National Solo & Small Firm Conference
    > My Success: Business Boot Camp for Small Firms
    > Bloggers Speak: Why SSF Lawyers Should/Shouldn’t Blog
    > 60 Top Practice & Tech Tips, Gadgets & Websites in 60 Minutes
    > How to Be a David in Goliath Territory: The Right Weapons, the Right Timing and the Right Knowledge
  • Saturday, August 11
    > What Every Lawyer Should Know About Real Estate Leases
    > Larry Rice, Best Seminar for Real Lawyers
    > Bankruptcy: Individual Non-Business Chapter 11's, Soup to Nuts
    > Elder Law 2007: Changes in the Law and Expanding an Elder Law Practice
  • Sunday, August 12
    > Definitive Guide to Buying, Selling, Merging and Closing a Law Practice

GP|Solo at Conference for Minority Lawyers

On June 28 & 29, the National Conference for the Minority Lawyer: A Unique Program for Litigators, Business Lawyers, In-House Counsel, Solo Practitioners and Government Lawyers will be presented in Boston, MA, by the ABA Section of Business Law and the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. The conference will offer a combination of practical training sessions and substantive CLE programs designed specifically for minority business lawyers, litigators, and government lawyers.

The GP|Solo Division will sponsor a session entitled, “Hanging Out Your Shingle… Practical Advice on How to Set Up a Solo Practice,” featuring Edd Vasquez and Youshea Berry. Both speakers are GP|Solo members and recipients of the GP|Solo Diversity Fellowship.

»  National Conference for the Minority Lawyer «


Call for Nominations by the ABA Coalition for Justice

The ABA Coalition for Justice has issued a call for nominations for the 2007 Burnham “Hod” Greeley Award. Hod Greeley was a dedicated leader within the American Bar Association and was committed to promoting public trust and confidence in our justice system. Named in honor of this esteemed Hawaiian attorney, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that are dedicated to promoting increased public awareness of the need for a fair and impartial judiciary.

Download the Nomination Form (MS Word):
http://www.abanet.org/justice/2007BurnhamHodGreeleyAward.doc

The deadline for accepting nominations is Friday, June 1, 2007. The award will be presented at the 2007 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. For more information, contact Gilda Fairley at (312) 985-5689, fairleyg@staff.abanet.org.


Congratulations to GP|Solo Member, Michael P. Hurley!
The Division wishes to extend a warm congratulations to GP|Solo member Michael P. Hurley of Painesville, OH. He was recently the recipient of the Lake County Bar Association's 2007 President's Award.

Congratulations, Mike!


Division 4 Director Amy Lin Meyerson in Connecticut Lawyer
Amy Lin Meyerson

The Connecticut Bar Association's magazine, Connecticut Lawyer, recently reprinted GP|Solo Division 4 Director Amy Lin Meyerson's inspiring article, “Do Something for the Community.” The piece originally appeared in GPSOLO magazine in the July/August 2006 issue.

» Article: Do Something for the Community «


Million-Dollar Solos Featured in ABA Journal

In case you missed it in April's issue of the ABA Journal, the magazine not only focused on solo lawyers, but on those who are making an impressive living as solo practitioners. Follow the link below to learn about these lawyers and maybe you can pick up some tricks of the million-dollar trade.

» Article: The Secrets of Million-Dollar Solos «


GP|Solo Book Featured in Massachusetts CLE
Preparing Witnesses

Preparing Witnesses (2nd Ed.), a GP|Solo book published by ABA Publishing, will be featured by Massachusetts CLE in the upcoming seminar, "Preparing Witnesses: How to Guide Clients Through the Treacherous Waters of Being a Witness," on June 14, 2007, in Boston, MA. The book's author, Daniel I. Small, is the featured speaker at the event, and registrants will receive a free copy of the book.

For more information on this CLE seminar, please visit the MCLE website:

»  CLE: Preparing Witnesses «


GP|Solo Book Spotlight
The Corporate, Securities and M&A Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide

The Corporate, Securities and M&A Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide

New corporate lawyers are assigned a number of tasks for which law school provides no preparation. This Guide gives a head start on the basics, including: how should you organize and execute the closing of a transaction? How should you conduct and report a due diligence investigation? What are the key documents of a venture capital financing and how do they work? What are the main components of an acquisition agreement? And more.

Price: $59.95
GP|Solo members: $44.95
Available for pre-order, release date is May 30, 2007.

»  Find out about other GP|Solo Books «

»  Visit the Solo & Small Firm Web Store «


Popular Topics on Solosez

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For a taste of what Solosez has to offer, check out the popular threads on Solosez's Website. Recent threads include:

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