GPSolo Magazine - January/February 2006
GENERAL PRACTICE, SOLO AND SMALL FIRM
2006 Midyear Meeting
Please plan to join us for the 2006 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago. The Division will hold activities Thursday, February 9, through Sunday, February 12. Highlights include:
Friday, February 10
• A mini Solo Day event with three hours of programming on “Protecting Your Practice and Being Proactive Against Natural Disasters” and “Promote Professionally: Technology to Propel Your Practice Forward.”
• A Military Law Day with programming on “The Politicalization of Military Law” and an honorary luncheon.
• A joint social activity with the Young Lawyers Division (to be announced).
Saturday, February 11
• Additional CLE programs on “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Real Estate Leases” and a yet-to-be-titled program on business, bankruptcy, and commercial law.
Sunday, February 12
• The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus to discuss current issues of importance to our constituency.
There is no registration fee for the Midyear Meeting. Division activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the ABA Headquarters Hotel. You can register for the Midyear Meeting several ways: online, by fax, by mail, or onsite at the Hyatt.
For more information on upcoming meetings and events, please visit www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/index.html.
ABA Presidential Appointments
ABA President-Elect Karen J. Mathis is seeking applications or nominations for appointed positions throughout the ABA. President-Elect Mathis, a past Chair of our Division, will be filling vacancies on the ABA Standing and Special Committees, Commissions, Working Groups, Task Forces, and other ABA entities for the 2006-2007 Association year.
To learn more about presidential appointments, please visit the ABA’s website at www.abanet.org/appointments. Please note 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. The deadline for submitting recommendations is March 1, 2006. All recommendations must received by that date to ensure inclusion in the decision-making process.
Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committee of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (formerly Section) (GP|Solo), consisting of Chair Elio F. Martinez Jr., Stephen D. Beam, jennifer j. rose, Stephen B. Rosales, and Betty Smith Adams, submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members for the 2006-2007 bar year:
For the position of Division Vice Chair, the committee nominates Robert A. Zupkus of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Zupkus is a partner in the law firm of Zupkus & Angel, P.C., and specializes in insurance coverage and bad faith, commercial law, and employment law. Mr. Zupkus holds several important leadership positions in the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Membership. Mr. Zupkus has served GP|Solo as Secretary, Director, Council Member, Membership Committee Chair, and Steering Committee Member. Mr. Zupkus has published a number of articles, including “Using Experts Expertly,” which appeared in the July/August 2004 issue of GPSolo magazine. He is an active member of the Denver Bar Association, serving on the Board of Trustees and the Colorado Bar Association.
For the position of Division Secretary, the committee nominates James M. Durant III of Vandenberg, California. Lt. Col. Durant serves our nation as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the United States Air Force Advocate General’s Corps, where he engages in a wide variety of criminal and civil law matters before military tribunals and federal courts. Lt. Col. Durant is a Distinguished Graduate Air Force ROTC at Howard University, where he finished in the top 1 percent of ROTC graduates. He has received numerous Military Achievement Certificates and Military Medals, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Lt. Col. Durant is a former YLD Fellow, GP|Solo Diversity Scholar (inaugural class), and is a past recipient of the GP|Solo Difference Maker Award. He is currently a member of the ABA President-Elect Appointments Committee, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and an Advisory Committee Member of the Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Lt. Col. Durant has served GP|Solo in several capacities, including Director, Council Member, and Chair of the Nominating Committee.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominatesRichard A. DeMichele Jr. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Mr. DeMichele is a partner in the law firm of DeMichele & DeMichele, P.C., and specializes in family law, including matters involving domestic violence, and litigation. Mr. DeMichele has held numerous positions within the ABA, including Member of the Presidential Commission on Domestic Violence, Delegate (YLD) to the ABA House of Delegates, YLD Liaison to the Section of Family Law, Council Member to the Section of Litigation, and Director of Membership for the Young Lawyers Division. He has served GP|Solo in several capacities, including Chair of the ABA Coordination Committee and Member of the Membership Committee and Young Lawyer Committee. Mr. DeMichele is a Member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, where he serves as Chair of the Corporate Sponsorship Committee, and is a Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Division.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Brian T. Hermanson of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Mr. Hermanson is a sole practitioner specializing in civil and criminal trial practice, and he spent a large part of the past several years as court-appointed counsel to Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing litigation. Mr. Hermanson has been awarded numerous honors, including the 2005 GP|Solo Sole Practitioner of the Year Award and the President’s Special Recognition Award by the Oklahoma Defense Lawyers Association. He has been a lecturer, speaker, and panelist on matters involving death penalty and high-profile cases at seminars and roundtables hosted by the ABA, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Oklahoma Bar Association. Mr. Hermanson has had a long, distinguished, and active history with the Oklahoma Bar Association and the ABA and has held myriad positions in both organizations. He is Past President of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Most recently, Mr. Hermanson has served GP|Solo as a Member of the CLE Teleconferences Committee and the Membership Board.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Amy Lin Meyerson of Weston, Connecticut. Ms. Meyerson is a sole practitioner specializing in business and general corporate law. She is President-Elect of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and is a former Diversity Fellow for GP|Solo. Ms. Meyerson has published a number of articles, including “All Your Eggs In One Basket: Boutique Law Practice,” which appeared in the July/August 2005 issue of GPSolo magazine. She is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Systems and has served GP|Solo as Chair of the Outreach Committee, Assistant Editor of The New Lawyer newsletter, and Member of the SWAT Team, Membership Board, Diversity Committee, Public Service Committee, Communications Committee, and Solo Day Committee. Ms. Meyerson is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, where she is a Member of the Long Range Planning Committee and the Nominating Committee and is a past member of the Elections Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.
For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Marc S. Stern of Seattle, Washington. Mr. Stern is a sole practitioner specializing in in-solvency and bankruptcy. He is the author of several articles, including “Debts That Can Follow You to the Grave” (co-authored), which appeared in the April/May 2005 issue of GPSolo magazine. He is also co-author of the GP|Solo book Letters for Bankruptcy Lawyers. Mr. Stern has served GP|Solo as a Member of the Membership Board and in various capacities, including Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy Committee, where he championed the rights of solos and small firm practitioners in the face of draconian changes to the Bankruptcy Code contemplated by Congress. Mr. Stern is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, where he has served as Trustee and Secretary of the Young Lawyers Division.For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the committee nominates Robin Page West of Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. West is a partner in Cohan & West, P.C., where she specializes in litigation. She has developed a national reputation for her expertise in qui tam cases and was invited to the White House by President Clinton and Vice President Gore for her role in the fourth-largest qui tam settlement of 1995, which resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery for the federal government. Ms. West has been Editor-in-Chief of the GP|Solo publication Solo since 1993 and is the author of myriad articles, including “If Esq. Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy,” which appeared in the October/November 2005 issue of GPSolo magazine. She has also authored several books for GP|Solo, including Letters for Litigators (co-author) and Advising the Qui Tam Whistleblower, and has served GP|Solo in various leadership capacities, including as Member of the Council and the Publications Board. Ms. West is a Member of the Maryland Bar and a former member of the Advisory Committee, Taxpayers Against Fraud, for the False Claims Act Lega