SOLO, SMALL FIRM AND GENERAL PRACTICE DIVISION NEWS: GPSolo Nominating Committee Report

Vol. 31 No. 1

The Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2013–2014 Nominating Committee consisted of the following members: Alfreda Coward, Richard Evangelista, Scott LaBarre, and Alan Olson; the Committee was chaired by Richard A. DeMichele Jr. The Committee met in person October 3, 2013, and October 4, 2013, at the Division’s Fall Meeting in Lexington, Kentucky. The Committee was charged with nominating a candidate for the office of Secretary and five candidates to serve as at-large members of the Division Council. There was one application for the office of Secretary and 12 applications for the at-large Council positions. All candidates were either interviewed in person in Lexington or via conference call. The committee has nominated the following candidates:

For the position of Division Secretary, the Committee nominates Stephen D. Williams, Law Office of Stephen D. Williams, Flemington, New Jersey. Williams is a successful solo with a practice focused on family law, criminal law, and general litigation. He has been an active member in the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) and has previously served as a Council member as well as a Division Director. He has served as Chair or Co-chair of several Division committees, including the Corporate Sponsor Committee and the Strategic Communication Committee. In addition to being active in the ABA, he has been active in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). He previously chaired the NJSBA’s Municipal Court Practice Committee. He has also served as the Chair of the District XIII Fee Arbitration Committee and as a member of the District XIII Ethics committee in New Jersey. Williams is tech savvy and hopes to use his leadership abilities to move the Division’s website into the mobile era.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Travis A. Cushman, Cushman Law Office PC, Great Falls, Montana. Cushman is a solo practitioner and is active in the American Bar Association as well as the State Bar of Montana. His practice focuses on child welfare law, which accounts for more than half of his practice; the remainder entails a traditional general practice. He also serves as a replacement or fill-in municipal court judge. Cushman’s experience as a rural lawyer will benefit the Division and its Council.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Kellye C. Moore, managing partner of Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore LLP, Perry, Georgia. Moore is the only female attorney in her firm of eight attorneys. The firm’s practice includes civil litigation, business law, personal injury, and wrongful death. Moore has been very active in the GPSolo Division. She previously served on the Program Board, the Corporate Sponsors Committee, and the Strategic Communications Committee. Her commitment to solo and small firm practitioners is not limited to the American Bar Association. She has also served on the State Bar of Georgia’s Solo and Small Firm Resource Planning Board.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Kari M. Petrasek, Carson Law Group PS, Everett, Washington. Petrasek’s firm consists of four attorneys and focuses on juvenile law, business law, and estate planning. She is a veteran of the GPSolo Division’s Young Lawyers Committee and has served on the Division’s Membership Committee. She has also been a significant contributor to the Division’s Solo Strong effort. She has served on her county legal services board and as a board member on her local symphony board.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Alice E. Richmond, Richmond & Associates, Boston, Massachusetts. Richmond is no stranger to the ABA, as she has previously served as its Treasurer. In her practice she focuses on general litigation, including employment law, family law, and probate law. She is a former prosecutor in Boston, a Special Attorney General, and a Bar Examiner appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She currently serves on the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the ABA Magna Carta Anniversary Committee.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Daniel J. Tann, Law Office of Daniel J. Tann, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tann is a true general practice attorney representing clients in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the GPSolo Division’s Diversity Board and now serves as the Division’s Diversity Director. He also has diligently served as a mentor to other minority lawyers and law students. His mentoring is not limited to lawyers and law students. He also serves as a Board member for NU Sigma Youth Services, a mentoring program for inner-city youth to help expose the participants to higher education.

CULTURAL TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES TO CUBA AND COLOMBIA WITH GPSOLO

You and your guest are invited to join members of the GPSolo Division on professional and cultural exchanges as part of legal delegations to Cuba and Colombia in 2014. The American Bar Foundation (ABF) and GPSolo are working with Academic Travel Abroad to make these opportunities available.

Cuba (May 25–30, 2014): Visit Havana, Cuba, and learn first-hand from your Cuban counterparts about their culture, law, and government. Now is the perfect time for this fascinating trip. Kathleen Hopkins and her husband David will lead our delegation. Kathleen is the Co-Chair of the GPSolo Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, GPSolo Council member, former GPSolo Budget Officer, Chair-Elect of the ABF Fellows, and former member of the ABA Board of Governors.

Colombia (August 31–September 6, 2014): Visit Bogota, Colombia, with Richard Pena, former ABF President and the 2010 recipient of GPSolo’s Difference Makers Award. This will be the first legal exchange delegation from the United States to visit Colombia, a country where lawyers and judges are implementing positive changes in their justice system.

For further information, including program itineraries and costs, please call Dawn Davis, director of Professionals Abroad, at 202/349-7334, or visit professionalsabroad.org.

2014 Spring Leadership Meeting

More than 200 solo, small firm, and general practice attorneys from across the nation will come together May 1–3, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for an exciting conference with CLE programs on a variety of topics. We are not quite ready to share the full program, but here is a sneak peek at some of the sessions:

  • How group legal plans can help under-employed lawyers
  • How lawyers decide what legal plans to join
  • When your client is a soldier
  • Trustee financial planning
  • Technology tips to improve your practice
  • Collection actions
  • Ethics and marketing
  • Dissipation of assets prior to separation
  • Online marketing and website optimization

The deadline to take advantage of early registration rates is March 28, 2014. Book now to save $100 on your meeting registration.

Don’t miss out! Register now at ambar.org/gpsolospringmeeting.

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