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American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

JULY 2011

Vol. 10, No. 2

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2011 ABA ANNUAL MEETING

August 4–7
Fairmont Royal York
Toronto, Canada

Registration is open for the Annual meeting. You can register by clicking here.

GPSOLO JOINT RECEPTION WITH THE SECTIONS OF FAMILY LAW, LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LAW, and TORT TRIAL & INSURANCE PRACTICE

Thursday, August 4, 2011
7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Hockey Hall of Fame, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You can purchase tickets when you register for the Annual Meeting.

Join us as we kick off the ABA Annual Meeting with a joint reception with the Section of Family Law, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, Law Practice Management Section, Section of Science & Technology Law, and Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section at the Hockey Hall of Fame. You will enjoy food, drinks, and interactive entertainment while you meet new friends and reconnect with old ones. The Law Practice Management Section will be presenting their Sam Smith Award. And don’t forget your camera—you can take pictures with the Stanley Cup or purchase your professional pictures in the gift shop. While you are there, you will have the opportunity to buy a souvenir: anything from a key chain to your favorite team’s hockey puck to a sports jersey. We look forward to sharing this great night with you. See you there!

Tickets: Member $85 USD (onsite, $95 USD)
Guest: $85 USD (onsite, $95 USD)
Children $20 USD (age 12 and under)

SOLO AND SMALL FIRM LAWYERS CAUCUS BREAKFAST

The Annual Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast, sponsored by the GPSolo Division, will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2011, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
2011 ABA GPSOLO FALL MEETING AND NATIONAL SOLO & SMALL FIRM CONFERENCE

October 20–22, 2011
The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel
Denver, CO

To register for the meeting please click here.

Join us in as we kick the meeting off with committee meetings and our Welcome Reception on Thursday. We will have council on Friday morning followed by our Difference Makers Awards Luncheon, with Keynote Speaker Sonia Nazario, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. The National Solo and Small Firm conference will start after lunch on Friday and will end Saturday afternoon. We will be webcasting the CLE programs live and also be recording them for attendees to watch at a later date. We will also be have three ABA entities joining us: the Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services, The Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, and The Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

BYLAWS REVISION

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division seeks approval from the membership to amend the Division’s bylaws at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The vote will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Please note that the revised bylaws were approved by the Division’s Council at the Spring Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, May 11, 2011.

Over a number of years, the Division has made various changes to the bylaws on an as-needed basis. The GPSolo Bylaws Committee decided to review the bylaws in their entirety, and this process provided an opportunity for an extensive review of Division policies and procedures. The Committee has ensured that the language in the bylaws was changed to be as clear and concise as possible to follow current policies and procedures.

A copy of the current bylaws, revised bylaws, and a summary of key changes and additions to the bylaws may be found on the Division’s website after June 2nd at www.americanbar.org/genpractice. Any questions or concerns should be emailed to genpractice@americanbar.org.

HOUSE OF DELEGATES ELECTION

The 2010–2011 Division Council will elect a new Division Delegate to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada, August 4–7, 2011, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. This is a three-year term to be filled through the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in 2014. Nominations must be provided to the 2010–2011 Division Secretary, Jennifer A. Rymell, in writing at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting. She may be reached via the mail c/o ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division at 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. The email address is genpractice@americanbar.org or via fax at 312-988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.

DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Diversity Committee has selected the four diversity fellows for the 2012 bar year. They are Frank Aba-Onu (Minneapolis, MN), Jasmin N. French (Indianapolis, IN), Rinky S. Parwani (Tampa, FL), and Eneida M. Roman (Boston, MA). We found all of the applications to be outstanding, and therefore we are pleased with the selection.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS AWARDS

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (ABA GPSolo) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual Difference Makers Awards Program to recognize extraordinary lawyers who make a difference by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, and people with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation. Winners will be honored at the ABA GPSolo’s 2011 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Awards program at the Westin Tabor Center in Denver, CO, on Friday, October 21. For more information visit our website to submit your nomination by September 9, 2011.

COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHT

The Division’s 2012 Leadership is sponsoring a committee audio program (Brown Bag Session) called “Planning for Success: How to Create a Business Plan for Your Committee” on July 13, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central time. Directors, chairs, vice-chairs, and other leaders of all of the Division’s committees are invited to participate. The sessions are short, informal, educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference. They normally last one hour and are held during lunch hours. Due to the informal nature of the programs, and the fact that accompanying written materials may not always be prepared and distributed, the Division does not offer continuing legal education credits for these programs.

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