GPSOLO December 2007
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
New GP|Solo Division Officers, Council Members, and Liaisons
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to welcome the following new officers, council members, and liaisons for the 2007-2008 Bar Year:
jennifer j. rose, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico
Jennifer J. Ator, Miami, Florida
Keith E. Brown, Anchorage, Alaska
Bruce E. Hopson, Saint Louis, Missouri
George C. Johnson, Columbia, South Carolina
David Levesque, Damariscotta, Maine
Delegate to the House of Delegates:
Dwight L. Smith, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Law Student Division Liaison:
J. Thomas Howell, Macon, Georgia
Board of Governors Liaison:
Kathleen J. Hopkins, Seattle, Washington
GP|Solo Division Chair Keith B. McLennan extended a personal invitation to the membership and guests to visit his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 4 to 6, 2007, for the Division’s Fall Meeting and the Second Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference. The joint events were held right on the bank of the Delaware River, at the scenic Hyatt Regency Penn’s Landing hotel.
This was the second consecutive year the Division has hosted the National Solo and Small Firm Conference, which not only drew in many interested GP|Solo members but also a large group of solo and small firm attorneys from across the country. The conference provided two days of CLE in three separate tracks, which ensured that all the attendees had their pick of courses as diverse as learning about new technologies or cribbing practice tips from veteran solos. Some attendees even took a moment to drop in on some of the many administrative meetings being held throughout the weekend by the Division’s leadership.
As productive as the weekend in Philly was, it was not all work. Thursday evening kicked off with an opening reception where guests were greeted by a true Philadelphia tradition, the Mummers, dressed fully in their clown regalia. Also on hand to welcome attendees to the city was one of the greatest Founding Fathers who was not a lawyer, Benjamin Franklin. The crowd was even treated to the musical talents of one of GP|Solo’s own staff members, Gordon Wright, who played a few of his tunes on guitar to an appreciative crowd. Friday evening was another great opportunity to enjoy Philadelphia, as the GP|Solo Division had the run of the new National Constitution Center with a “Night at the Museum,” which included the Difference Makers Awards Dinner and some hot tunes by Philly’s own Blues Anatomy. Saturday night concluded the festivities with a dine-around at some of the city’s best restaurants. It was a hometown visit to be remembered. Read more…
GP|Solo Division Honors Attorneys Who Make a Difference
On October 5, 2007, at the Division’s Fall Meeting in Philadelphia, GP|Solo held the Difference Makers Awards Dinner to honor six lawyers who have made a difference to the bar, to the community, through pro bono work, or by breaking barriers:
• William T. Robinson III (Florence, Kentucky) for making a difference through community service.
• C. Dale McClain (Worcester, Pennsylvania) for making a difference through service to the profession.
• Wendy Demchick-Alloy and Mary Coyne Pugh (Montgomery County, Pennsylvania) for their work with the Child Advocacy Project, making a difference through pro bono service.
• Harvey F. Strauss (Maple Glen, Pennsylvania) as codirector of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, for making a difference through pro bono service.
• Judge Pamila J. Brown (Ellicott City, Maryland) for making a difference by breaking barriers.
Congratulations to all our Difference Makers. More on Difference Makers Award…