SOLO, SMALL FIRM AND GENERAL PRACTICE DIVISION NEWS: Year-End Awards and Notices for 2014

Vol. 30 No. 6

2013 Difference Makers Award Winners

Congratulations to the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2013 Difference Makers Award winners, who were honored at the 2013 Fall Meeting and Eighth Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who “made a difference” by breaking barriers through community service, through pro bono work, and through service to the profession.

Difference Maker: John M. Rosenberg, Prestonsburg, Kentucky

This award honors an individual who has made a difference of particular importance in the local community where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.

Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers: Judge Bernice B. Donald, Memphis, Tennessee

This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who broke down barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

Making a Difference Through Community Service: Palmer Gene Vance II, Lexington, Kentucky

This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service.

Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession: Marcia Milby Ridings, London, Kentucky

This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.

Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work: Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota (CAIR-MN), Minneapolis, Minnesota

This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

GPSolo Magazine Wins Apex Award

GPSolo magazine has won a 2013 APEX Award of Excellence in the category of Best Redesign.

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition, a program of Communications Concepts, Inc., is now in its 25th year. GPSolo magazine was chosen for recognition from a field of more than 2,400 entries in a variety of categories. Award winners were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and success in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

GPSolo magazine was recognized for its top-to-bottom redesign, the culmination of a year’s effort by the magazine’s Editorial Board and ABA staff. Our new, cleaner, more modern look debuted in the July/August 2012 issue, and it’s been receiving rave reviews ever since.

Congratulations to Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Allen, Senior Designer Tamara Kowalski, Staff Editor Robert Salkin, and the entire GPSolo Editorial Board for this well-deserved honor.

2014 ABA Midyear Meeting

The GPSolo Division is preparing for the ABA Midyear Meeting scheduled next year in Chicago. Please note that GPSolo will be headquartered at the Swissôtel. The Division will hold activities from February 6 to 9, including the Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon, committee meetings, CLE, and social events. Additionally, you will want to attend the Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus to meet other ABA members and network with colleagues, examine issues being addressed by the ABA that are of interest to and impact solo and small firm lawyers, discuss issues of concern to solo and small firm lawyers, and learn more about the Division and its programs.

2014 Spring Leadership Meeting

This inaugural joint Spring Meeting of the GPSolo Division, the ABA Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services, and the Group Legal Services Association will take place May 1 to 3, 2014, at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The CLE programming will cover a wide spectrum of legal topics that address issues of group and prepaid legal services, as well as topics of interest to solo, small firm and general practitioners. Join delegates from all practice areas coming from across the nation. This unique event provides an all-in-one environment for education, networking, exhibiting, and idea sharing.

Don’t Forget These Resources

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library (ambar.org/gpsoloforms) provides instant access to convenient forms, letters, checklists, and agreements developed specifically with the solo and small firm practitioner in mind. Written by some of the top legal professionals in their field, our Forms Library is organized by practice area, making it quick and easy to find the forms you need.

Solo and Small Firm Resource Center (ambar.org/soloandsmallfirms) has a multitude of resources for the solo and small firm practitioner, including practice management advice, CLE programming in a variety of formats, technology reviews and practice tips to help you get the best return on your investment, useful books addressing the real-world issues that solo and small firm practitioners face every day, resources to help you start and grow your law practice, and more. It is your online key to success.

Support the ABA Fund for Justice and Education

For nearly 50 years, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) has strengthened the ABA’s ability to improve our justice system and serve those in need. Through your support, the ABA is helping to protect the elderly, represent the impoverished, advocate on behalf of youth in crisis, and defend human rights—here and abroad. Today it is more important than ever that the ABA remain dedicated to serving justice and helping people. Your gift, in any amount, will help promote new programs and expand services already in place. Your contribution will have a direct impact in our communities. Support the ABA’s public service efforts and help maintain these valuable programs at a time when legal expertise is needed more urgently than ever. Learn more about the FJE Annual Fund and how to support GPSolo’s pro bono and public service projects at tinyurl.com/9p9ktg9. Please be sure to designate your gift to the GPSolo Program Support Fund.

The pro bono and public service projects of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division receive support through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE). The FJE was created to accept gifts and grants to support the ABA’s public service work. The FJE qualifies as an exempt fund under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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