In the upcoming bar year, we ask each GPSolo member to:
- Reexamine your practice;
- Outfit yourself with skills and tools; and
- Initiate something in your practice and life.
This year’s theme, ROI, reinforces the Division’s commitments to ensuring that our members, partnering entities, sponsors, and other stakeholders receive a return on their investment (e.g., money, time, efforts) through their GPSolo membership and involvement in the Division. Also, under this theme, GPSolo plans to present programming on helping attorneys who are returning to the legal profession; educating practicing attorneys on avenues to winning new business; energizing seasoned attorneys to regain their passion for the law; and assisting large firm attorneys to transition to a solo or small firm practice. We also will provide meaningful pro bono training and services through Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), GPSolo’s Financial Literacy Outreach program, and the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel’s new VA benefits pro bono program. Finally, roi means “king.” In June 2015 the Division will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta and participate in programs and other activities in London.
This issue of GPSolo magazine focuses on going “Back to Basics” to reexamine the essential building blocks of your practice. Here, you’ll find outstanding articles covering topics including “Reinventing Client Selection and Case Management”; “All-in-One Practice Management Applications”; and “Collaboration Tools You Should Already Be Using.” These articles and others that appear in this issue of GPSolo provide innovative techniques and technologies that you can implement in your practice today. For more ideas and tips, please take a moment to review the information and resources available through GPSolo’s website at americanbar.org/gpsolo.
As incoming Chair, I am committed to growing and improving functions of the Division. I will work diligently to see that the Division continues to provide high-quality programs, free Brown Bag teleconference sessions, publications, resources, networking, and pro bono opportunities throughout the year. Your input is necessary for the Division to best serve you. If there is something you think we could do better, if we are missing out on a great opportunity, or if there are practice tools you would like to see us provide, let us know. E-mail us your suggestions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to speak with you in person at one of our upcoming meetings in Boston, Massachusetts (August 7 to 10, 2014); San Antonio, Texas (October 23 to 25, 2014); Houston, Texas (February 5 to 8, 2015); Honolulu, Hawaii (April 16 to 18, 2015); and London, United Kingdom (June 11 to 14, 2015). Join us!