Committee Highlight/Member Spotlight

Vol. 1, No. 7

 

Committee Highlight

 

Solo and Small Firm Resource Center Content Committee

The Solo and Small Firm Resource Center Content Committee (formerly the Smart Soloing Center Editorial Board) chaired by Jeffrey Allen is responsible for identifying the best content to include in the ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center.

The transition process of the ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center has taken a while, but it is now completed and implemented through the work of a Presidential Task Force.

The ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center is an online resource that is the latest in the ABA’s growing portfolio of products and services designed for solo and small firm practitioners. The Solo and Small Firm Resource Center aggregates content from across the ABA entities and a host of other online resources. The Center provides a multitude of resources 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 that address real world issues solo and small firm practitioners face every day
  • Resources to help you start and grow your law practice
  • More!

 

Member Spotlight

 

Judge Pamila J. Brown

 

Pamila Brown

 

This month we are shining our spotlight on the Honorable Judge Pamila Brown. Judge Brown has been on the bench for 10 years in the District Court of Maryland. She received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law after earning a B.S. in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Judge Brown has received numerous honors and accolades, including being acknowledged as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. We are adding to her list of accomplishments the 32 years that she has served as an active member of the American Bar Association. During this time, she has served the ABA in various capacities. Her service includes being a former Chair of the Commission on Domestic Violence, where she assisted in launching Hopeline. Hopeline is a nationwide outreach and advocacy project addressing domestic violence.

As a GPSolo member she has held an assortment of leadership roles from committee chair to group director. When Judge Brown was asked, “Why did you decide to join GPSolo?” she simply replied, “Because I was asked by John Krsul and Dennis Archer.” As a Division leader, Judge Brown attributes her service as Chair of the Diversity Committee as her most fulfilling role. In this position, she was very influential in the development of the Division’s first diversity plan and fellows program. The Division’s implementation of the plan has truly changed the face of the Division, and these same efforts are being emulated by other sections and divisions.

Judge Brown commented, “I have enjoyed my participation in the GPSolo Division tremendously. The section’s CLE have been outstanding and the opportunity to meet lawyers from all over the country was an added bonus.” Membership in the Division has led her to Colorado, Annapolis, Santa Fe, and numerous other places. On her list of favorite GPSolo memories are her learning experience at the meeting in London and the very memorable dinner at the Inns of Court. Although she has been all over the world with GPSolo, her favorite city is Chicago. It is easy to get around, has good theater, fabulous shopping, great food, wonderful museums, and of course is home to the American Bar Association. In her spare time she enjoys reading, the theater, and going to Zumba class.

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