Volume 20, Number 1
Jan/Feb 2003


SECTION NEWS
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM

Online GPSolo CLE
We are pleased to announce the availability of the Section's Annual and Fall Meeting programs on West LegalEdcenter. This online service provides on-demand access to Section CLE programs at a special members-only discounted price. Programs include Solo and Small Firm Day, Bankruptcy, Hot Trends in Family Law, Estate Planning, and more. For information, visit the Section's website at www.abanet.org/genpractice or call 312/988-5648.

ABA Connection: McElhaney on Litigation: Understanding Hearsay
The Section will cosponsor the ABA Connection CLE teleconference on March 19, 2003, at 1:00 P.M. eastern time. The program, McElhaney on Litigation: Understanding Hearsay, features litigation expert and educator James W. McElhaney, who will make sense out of hearsay, one of the biggest potential evidentiary headaches for litigators.
The program is a no-cost benefit of ABA membership. To register, call the ABA at 800/285-2221 from 8:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. eastern time on weekdays, beginning Monday, February 24, or register online by Friday, March 14, at www.abanet.org/cle/connection.
html. CLE credit has been applied for in states that accept the teleconference format.

ABA TECHSHOW 2003
ABA TECHSHOW is the world's leading legal technology conference and the only technology conference and exposition developed by and for lawyers and other legal professionals. More than 60 sessions will be offered, geared toward the specific concerns of lawyers and other legal professionals of all interests and all technology needs. Sessions will be grouped into tracks, including: General, Solo and Small Firm; Litigation; Tips, Tools, and Toys; Strategies; Security/Privacy; and more.
The program is scheduled for April 3-5, 2003, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Section members will receive a $100 discount off every registration. To register, call 800/888-8300, extension 9191. For more information, visit www.techshow.com.

Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committee, consisting of Chair Pauline Weaver, Stephen Beam, James Durant, John Phipps, and jennifer rose, submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members for the 2003-04 bar year:
For the position of Section Vice Chair, the committee nominates Dwight L. Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a partner in the two-person firm of Levinson & Smith and specializes in litigation/formal dispute resolution, estate planning, and
probate. He is currently serving as Secretary of the Section.
For the position of Section Secretary, the committee nominates John P. Macy of Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is a partner in the law firm of Arenz, Molter, Macy & Riffle, S.C., and specializes in municipal law. He is currently a member of the Section's Council, is Chair of the Programs and CLE Board, and serves on other Section committees.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Gary L. Anderson. He handles defensive matters in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. He is currently Deputy Chair of the Section's Military Lawyers Committee and serves on the Section's Long Range Planning Committee and Outreach Committee.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Joan M. Burda. She is a solo practitioner in Lakewood, Ohio. Her practice specialty is estate planning, including wills and trusts. She is currently a member of the GPSolo editorial board.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Joseph A. DeWoskin. He is a solo practitioner in Overland Park, Kansas, and is a general practitioner, focusing on wills, estate planning, probate, insurance litigation (personal injury and medical malpractice), and general litigation. He is currently a Vice Chair of the Section's Military Lawyers Committee.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Laura V. Farber. She is a partner in the firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP in Pasadena, California. Her practice specialty is civil litigation, with an emphasis on employment disputes, wrongful termination lawsuits, violation of Labor Code section 970, and wage and hour disputes. She is currently Chair of the Section's Public Service Committee, a Diversity Fellow, and serves on other Section committees.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Judy A. Toyer. She is the in-house counsel for Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, New York, and practices exclusively in the area of labor and employment law. She is currently Chair of the Section's Corporate Counsel Committee and serves on the GPSolo editorial board, the Long-Range Planning Committee, and the Diversity Committee.

Midyear Meeting-Seattle, Washington
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division will meet during the 64th ABA Midyear Meeting in Seattle, Washington, February 5-9, 2003. The Section will be headquartered in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers, conveniently located near many of Seattle's most exciting attractions. Meeting highlights include a reprise of the popular "50 Legal Technology Tips in 50 Minutes" program and an OpEnduring LAMP CLE training session. Check the Section website at www.abanet.org/genpractice to register online, get housing information, and download a copy of the Section's schedule of events.

Council Vacancy
The Section has a vacant position on its Council created by a resignation. The Council will fill this vacancy by a Council election to be held during the Council's Spring Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 8-11, 2003. The term of this open position will run through the Annual Meeting in 2004. Nominations must be provided to the Section's Secretary, Dwight L. Smith, by Tuesday, April 1. He can be reached c/o ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 750 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60611. The e-mail address is genpractice@abanet.org; fax number is 312/988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.

Mark Your Calendar for Section Spring Meeting
Join us May 8-11, 2003, for the Section Spring Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor hotel, located near historic Camden Yards, will serve as our headquarters hotel. Our location places us within walking distance of the best of Baltimore. Plan to spend an afternoon in Baltimore Harbor, home to excellent dining and shopping, the National Aquarium, and the Maryland Science Center. If you enjoy sports history, plan to visit the Babe Ruth Museum for exhibits that chronicle the careers of "The Babe" and football great Johnny Unitas. Opportunities for CLE will be available to all who attend. Mark your calendars for what plans to be a great weekend!

Elder Law Website
The Elder Law and Long-Term Care Issues Committee of the Senior Lawyers Division has developed an Elder Law website (www.abanet.org/srlawyers/home.html). The website's purpose is to share articles regarding the legal and financial issues that affect the elderly. This is an ever-expanding client base that involves not only seniors but also the adult children of the elderly. Attorneys around the country are being asked to help with the issues, and the website is designed to help both the new and the seasoned practitioner.
If you have an article of interest you would like posted, please contact Angela Boykin, American Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Division, fax: 312/988-5711, e-mail: boykina@staff.abanet.org.

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