GPSolo Magazine - January/February 2004
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM
Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committee, consisting of Chair James M. Durant, Stephen D. Beam, Laura V. Farber, jennifer j. rose, and alternate H. Stanley Riffle in Joseph D. O’Connor’s absence, submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members for the 2004-05 bar year:
For the position of Section Vice Chair, 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 has been a member of the ABA since 1980. He currently serves as Secretary of the Section and has held numerous leadership positions in the Section, including GP Editorial Board Director, Program Committee Chair, Long-Range Planning Task Force Chair, Chair-Elect Planning Committee Chair, and Administrative and Government Law Committee Chair. He has also served in the ABA House of Delegates and has served in various key leadership positions in the State Bar of Wisconsin.
For the position of Section Secretary, the committee nominates Keith B. McLennan of Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He is a partner in the law firm of Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McLennan and specializes in business, commercial, and intellectual property law. He brings to the Section a wealth of key experience from past leadership positions held in the ABA, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Montgomery Bar Association. In the ABA, he has served the Section as a Division Director, Coordinator of the Business Law Group, Chair of Solo and Small Firm Day, Council Member, and Editor of GP Link Newsletter. He was the chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, and he served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Benes Z. Aldana of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. His practice specialty is environmental, trial, military justice, legal assistance, and appellate law. He has served as the President of his undergraduate student body at the University of Seattle and as the Diversity Director of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. In the ABA he has served as the Section’s Diversity Committee Chair and Liaison to the ABA Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. He is currently a Presidential Appointee to the ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession. He served as ABA JAG Dining-Out Committee Chair, Minorities in the Profession Committee Chair, and ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly Parliamentarian.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Laurel G. Bellows, a principal in Bellows and Bellows, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois, who specializes in representation in connection with executive compensation issues, employment contracts, severance agreements, non-competition agreements, change-in-control agreements, business transactions, and commercial litigation. She has served in numerous ABA standing committee and chair appointments and in the ABA House of Delegates. She served as a previous Council Member, Fall 1996 Meetings Chair, Law Conference Coordinator, and Chairman, Presidential Showcase. Her work with the ABA Law Student Division (as National Vice Chair), Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (as Chair), Tulsa County Bar Association, and Tulsa Women Lawyers Association (as President) is voluminous and solid.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Alan O. Olson of the Olson Law Office, P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa, who specializes in personal injury and wrongful death matters. He served as the Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s 2002-03 bar year. He is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership and is a Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He served as a member of the ABA Presidential Appointments Committee under A.P. Carlton, Jr., and as a member of the ABA Day in Washington, D.C., Planning Committee. He currently serves the Section as Chair of the Corporate Sponsors Committee.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Jennifer A. Rymell of the County Court at Law #2 in Fort Worth, Texas. Judge Rymell is also a rare find. She has already demonstrated tremendous leadership in designing and implementing key elements (social events) of the Section’s 2003-04 bar year meetings. Her bar history is expansive and impressive. In the Young Lawyers Division alone, she served as the Assembly Speaker, Assembly Clerk, Resolutions Committee Chair, Chair’s Appointment Committee Chair, Meetings Coordinator, and Pre-Law Counseling/Law Student Outreach Chair. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates and served as the chair of the Texas Young Lawyers Association as Chair of the Board in 2003.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates James L. Schwartz of James L. Schwartz & Associates, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. His practice specialty is corporate litigation and corporate and real estate law. He has served the ABA as a member of the House of Delegates, Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioner, and GPSolo Editorial Board. His current work includes council membership and Meetings Design Chief for the Chicago Annual Meeting.