GPSolo Magazine - July/August 2004
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM
Meet Your Incoming Section Officers
Who Is John Macy?
• One of six boys raised by a father who coached football and mother who wanted to be surrounded by admiring men.
• Has never lived outside of Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
• Commuted to Marquette Law School in a 1967 Mustang convertible that he still owns.
• Represents numerous local governmental entities and attends over 150 night meetings a year.
• Lectures in the area of municipal law on alcohol beverage licensing, open meeting laws, tax assessments, etc.
• Bar junkie who has held numerous offices in the County Bar, State Bar, and ABA since 1980.
• Active in numerous civic and political organizations and hosts frequent fund-raisers for the same.
• Still dating Sandi, whom he met on a blind date in 1985.
• Owns and maintains a private estate on a large inland lake that, until recently subdivided, contained 22 acres of land, 360 feet of lake frontage, several thousand feet of river frontage, a 37,000-square-foot home, a private island, a guest house, and a party house.
• Now lives in the party house with Sandi, two dogs, two rabbits, two parrots, two lovebirds, several koi, and a private collection of wolf art.
Who Is Keith McLennan?
• A partner with the law firm of Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McLennan, P.C., with an office in Collegeville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.
• Concentrates his practice on business law, estate planning and administration, commercial litigation, contracts, copyrights, trademarks, and elder law.
• Received a B.A. from Rutgers College in 1981 and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1985; admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
• Served as President of the Montgomery Bar Association in 2002, where he also served as Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and as a Director; Chair of the General Practice Committee; and Co-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.
• Past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Practice Section, where he led the fight for the passage of Rule 1.17, sale of a law practice by a solo practitioner, and against specialization certifications.
• Member of the ABA House of Delegates, past Council Member for the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, immediate Past Chairman of its flagship program, Solo and Small Firm Day, and past chair of numerous committees in the GP Solo and Small Firm Division.
• Married to Dr. Michele McLennan, Associate Professor of Economics at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and the father and lacrosse coach for his two daughters, Kali (age 11) and Madalyn (age 9), students at Collegeville’s Arrowhead Elementary School.
Who Is Stan Riffle?
• Put self through college and law school playing drums and getting little sleep.
• Bored with running marathons, decided to become a hockey goalie at the age of 44, and now plays elite adult hockey in the Greater Milwaukee area (bet you didn’t know that a “Greater Milwaukee” even exists!).
• Married for 20-plus years to his dentist, Cindy, who this year will be installed as the President of the American Association of Dental Examiners (the tendency to be an association junkie runs deep in this family).
• Is blessed with two children, Cassie (age 11) and Kori (age 8), who would rather watch SportsCenter than cartoons.
• Works many nights and weekends representing local governments, litigating many interesting issues, and attending to appellate matters in an effort to pay for the care and feeding of Luke, Rascal, and Montana (Cindy and the girls’ dressage horses).
• The Riffle menagerie also includes two dogs, two cats, a rabbit, and goldfish.
• Active member of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division since 1984, having worn many hats and made many friends.
• Frequent speaker presenting a variety of continuing legal education topics.
Who Is Alexa Giacomini?
• Codename: Tinkerbell or Napoleonetta.
• Has been with the Section as Staff Director for just over a year.
• Before starting with the ABA, taught third and fourth grades. (Working with children was easier!)
• Last best books she read: Grace from the Garden by Debra Landwehr Engle and Animal Crackers by Hannah Tinti. Favorite movie of all time: Brian’s Song (the original version).
• Proud owner of two baby lovebirds (Mack and Mabel) and soon to be an American Eskimo puppy owner. Also owns three fish (Atticus Fish, Cunningham, and Wheatley) . . . it’s nothing but Fur, Fins, and Feathers in her home!
• Most embarrassing Section moment: Being made to play in the Gold Canyon Golf Tournament. By the way, did she mention that she doesn’t play golf??!
• Loves this job and the people she works with (both staff and lawyer members). The energy and “buzz” surrounding this Section are exhilarating!
• Ideal vacations and sites for possible future meetings: Giraffe Manor in Kenya and Kauai-Hanalei Bay and the Napali Coast in Hawaii.
• A couple of favorite tokens of appreciation from members: one-of-a-kind pair of hand grenade earrings courtesy of Bruce Dorner in remembrance of a New Orleans Meeting, and a Tinkerbell pin and button set from the great Charlie White.
Fall Meeting Preview
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division Meeting will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, October 13 to 17, 2004. The meeting will begin with an opening session on Thursday afternoon, followed by an opportunity to sample local foods at a Museum Reception on Thursday evening. In addition to various Section governance committee sessions, which will be held throughout the four-day meeting, attendees can earn over six hours of CLE during the SOLO Day Roadshow on Friday. The Roadshow is a joint effort of the GPSSF Section and (at press time) nine local and specialty bar associations within the greater Los Angeles area. Friday evening the Section will host its Difference Maker Award Dinner and Dance recognizing lawyers who have made a difference in our society. Attendees will be able to kick up their heels to the sounds of the Chuck Wansley Band. The Section Council Meeting will be held during the day on Saturday and will be open to the public. The meeting will conclude with a Beverly Hills Dine-Around, capped with a Special Beverly Hills Dessert Reception at a local eatery. Separate spouse and children programs will also be held.