General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

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

Technology eReport

American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

MARCH 2011

Vol. 10, No. 1

Columns

  • MacNotes »
    The iPhone 4 from Verizon is here! For those of you who have refused to get the iPhone because you did not want to deal with AT&T, your patience now gets its reward. Should you rush out and get one?
  • SurvivingEmail »
    Unifying email with social media.
  • TechNotes »
    Managing electronically stored information in light of new ediscovery requirements.
  • ProductNotes »
    Best Authority table of authority creation, the new Macbook Air, and Dropbox.
  • DivisionNotes »
    Division appointments, Spring Meeting in St. Louis, Cloud Computing CLE Teleconference, the recent book on mastering voir dire and jury selection, and more.

 

DivisionNotes

GPSOLO APPOINTMENTS

Dear ABA and GPSolo Members:

Are you looking for a way to develop more clients? Do you want to increase your business? Become better known in your legal community? Do you want to better serve your clients and the public? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have an offer you should not refuse. Come get involved in the GPSolo Division. We have something for everyone. Whether it be a continuing legal education program committee, a substantive committee, one of our amazing magazine or electronic newsletters boards, our wonderful book publication board, our membership board, or our public service initiative, there are numerous opportunities for you to increase your profile and to improve your practice. Our theme and goal this year is “Success and Service.” Come join us and be a part of it!

I encourage you to visit our website to review our committee structure.

Leaders will be appointed as directors, chairs, vice chairs, advisors, and other leadership members. The only qualification is that you need to be a member of the Division to receive an appointment. The application is very simple. Just click on this link.

The deadline for submitting your application is March 31, 2011.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at lfarber@hahnlawyers.com or Dee Lee at Dee.Lee@americanbar.org.
 
I look forward to working with you!!

Very truly yours,

Laura V. Farber
Chair-Elect
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division

MEETINGS

SAVE THE DATE

2011 ABA GPSolo Spring Meeting

May 12–14
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the ABA GPSolo Division’s Spring Meeting, cosponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. ABA GPSolo has reserved a number of rooms at a reduced rate, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). To receive the special room rate of $169.00, which includes complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, please contact the hotel directly at 314-881-5800 and identify yourself as an ABA GPSolo attendee. It is recommended that you confirm your reservation early in order to guarantee your preferred dates. Please check with the hotel to confirm the cancellation policy for individual guestroom reservations.

CLE TELECONFERENCE

Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Central
For more information or to register click here.

COMMITTEE HIGHLIGHT

ABA GPSolo Nominating Committee Report
The ABA GPSolo Nominating Committee, consisting of Chair N. Kay Bridger-Riley, Chauntis T. Jenkins, Alan O. Olson, Stephen B. Rosales, and Patricia A. Sexton, met during the 2010 Fall Meeting in Austin, TX. The committee submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members-at-large for the 2011–2012 bar year pursuant to Article 7 of the GPSolo Division Bylaws.

For the position of Division Vice Chair, the Committee nominates Jennifer A. Rymell of Fort Worth, TX. Jennifer currently serves our Division as Secretary. For the position of Division Secretary, the Committee nominates Amy Lin Meyerson of Weston, CT. For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Noah C. Davis of Seattle, WA; H. F. “Sparky” Gierke of Orlando, FL; Rick L. Lambert of Dallas, TX; Jeffrey C. Robinson of Selma, AL; and Sarah Sharp Theophilus of Sioux Falls, SD.

AWARDS PROGRAM

Call for Nominations: 2010 Solo and Small Firm Awards Program
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual 2011 Solo and Small Firm Awards. The annual awards program recognizes dedication to the practice of law as general practitioners or solo or small firm lawyers. Each year the Division honors outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations at the Division’s Awards Ceremony held at the Spring Meeting. Recognition is given for Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, Solo and Small Firm Project Award, and Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award.

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.


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ABA PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS: 2011–2012

In order to gain the most representation of GPSolo throughout the ABA, each year we make a concerted effort to strategically nominate our members as part of the presidential appointments process. Therefore, if you are interested in a presidential appointment, please provide a brief synopsis of your bar activities (this could be in the form of your bar resume) and the name of the committee, task force, commission, etc. on which you wish to serve to Keith McLennan at kmclennan@millerturetsky.com and copy James Durant at james.durant@mildenhall.af.mil. Also, if you currently are a member of an ABA committee, please let us know whether you would like to continue, or if you have aspirations to lead it as chair. The Division will submit a limited number of nominees for these positions, and we hope to support you.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2011. Please visit this link for more information. Please be mindful that all recommendations must be made using the online nomination form. A separate form must be submitted for each person recommended for a committee appointment. Please note that the number of available nominees stemming from our Division is, again, limited.

BOOK HIGHLIGHT

Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, Third Edition

By Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D.

This much-anticipated and expanded Third Edition by one of the nation’s most experienced trial consultants goes beyond other books on jury selection and focuses on the skills needed to conduct effective voir dire and jury selection, ultimately improving your chances of a favorable verdict at trial. This valuable guide will help you understand effective voir dire and jury selection strategies and adapt them to the unique circumstances you face in your trial jurisdiction.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the importance of the jurors’ backgrounds, experiences, and opinions
  • Good questioning techniques and skills that increase juror candor and honesty
  • Reading jurors’ nonverbal behavior
  • Tips for improving your success in group voir dire settings
  • Successfully overcoming common problems encountered during voir dire, including identifying and handling stealth jurors
  • How to develop and use juror questionnaires effectively
  • The impact of the Internet on jury selection and jury trials
  • Overall jury selection strategies

This book is packed with practical advice and supplemented with appendices, including examples of useful voir dire questions for civil and criminal cases. In addition, a companion CD contains more than 130 juror questionnaires used in criminal and civil trials, including questionnaires from Colorado v. Kobe Bryant, In re Exxon Valdez, i4i LP v. Microsoft Corporation, United States v. Zacarious Moussaoui, California v. Scott Peterson, and United States v. Senator Theodore Stevens, among many others.

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