Division Announcements

Vol. 1, No. 6

 

Division Name Change Notice

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division hereby provides notice of its intent to change its name to the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, to be considered and hopefully approved by its membership at the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership to be held at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the ABA House of Delegates will also consider and hopefully approve the change. The Division’s Council approved the name change at its Fall Meeting on October 21, 2011.

This change simply rearranges the descriptive categories in the current name. Lawyers that maintain a general practice; and lawyers that serve in the military, on the judiciary, and in corporate counsel positions are and will remain vital, valued, and important members of the Division.

This name change will reflect and clarify that GPSolo is the home for solo and small firm lawyers within the ABA. Although it may be clear to active members of the ABA that GPSolo is the home of the solo and small firm lawyer, it may not be clear to lawyers who are new to the ABA, are thinking about joining the ABA, or have never been active in GPSolo.

Moving the words “Solo and Small Firm” to the beginning of the Division’s name will help the ABA by sending a clear message to the solo and small firm lawyer population (both within and outside the association) that the ABA, through the Division, is doing all it can to meet the needs of this under-represented population.

Other than revising the Division’s bylaws to reflect the name change, the internal structure and bylaws of GPSolo will remain the same. Any questions or concerns should be emailed to genpractice@americanbar.org.

 

Call for Applications: ABA GPSolo Diversity and Young Lawyers Fellowships

We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity fellowships in the Division during the 2012–13 bar year. The program is designed to promote diversity within the Division and the ABA, while providing leadership development opportunities within the Division for women, attorneys of color, and those with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.

We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Young Lawyer fellowships in the Division during the 2012–13 bar year. The program provides leadership opportunities for young lawyers. We recognize that leaders within the Young Lawyers Division have many opportunities to become involved in bar-related organizations and activities. The GPSolo Division is committed to increasing the participation of young lawyers in Division activities. This program will provide young lawyers the opportunity to become actively and integrally involved in the Division’s meetings and committees.

Applications and nominations for both Diversity and Young Lawyer fellowships must be received by April 30, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified in early June 2012. Click here for more information about these fellowship programs.

 

ABA GPSolo Committee Leadership Appointments: 2012–2013 Bar Year

It is the time of year again for the Division’s Chair-Elect to appoint members to the numerous committees within our Division. The GPSolo Division is the voice of the solo and small firm practitioners, as well as the general practitioners throughout the country. Our committee work is the lifeblood of Division and supports our solo and small firm colleagues. The Division is looking for individuals willing to step up and volunteer to provide content, product, and ideas that will be able to assist the solo and small firm lawyer in your community and elsewhere.

If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the Division’s website and complete the online application. You must be a member of the Division in good standing in order to receive an appointment. There is no guarantee that you will receive your first appointment request. However, we will attempt to do whatever we can to fulfill your appointment and committee preferences. The application deadline is March 30, 2012.

For any further questions or need additional information, please contact the Division.

 

GPSolo Brown Bag Session

 

Retirement Savings During Tough Economic Times

 

February 15, 2012: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Central

Description: It is time to treat “yourself” like your most important client and begin to construct a framework for turning your retirement dreams into a realistic retirement lifestyle. As a lawyer, you spend your days advocating for your clients’ needs, and yet you may lack the tools or knowledge to begin addressing your own retirement planning goals. In particular, solo or small practice lawyers enjoy many benefits and freedoms, yet when thoughts of retiring from that practice arise, planning can seem burdensome, so for too long you have put off addressing your inevitable need for retirement income planning. This session will give you a general blueprint and help you focus on the most important remedies to maximize your retirement wealth even during these tough economic times.

GPSolo’s Committee Audio Programs (Brown Bag Sessions) are short, informal educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference as an ABA member benefit at no additional cost. They normally last one hour and are held during lunch hours. Due to the informal nature of the programs, and the fact that accompanying written materials may not always be prepared and distributed, the Division does not offer continuing legal education credits for these programs. For more information visit our website.

Recordings of this program and others will be posted on the Division’s website after each session. Please click here to listen to or download the audio.

For any further information or if you are interested in holding a brown bag session, contact Dee Lee at the GPSolo Division Office at 312-988-5659.

 

Awards

 

Call for Nominations: 2012 Solo and Small Firm Awards Program

A call for nominations is open for the Division’s annual Solo and Small Firm Awards. Each year, the Division honors outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations. Recognition is given for the following:

  • Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes solo and small firm attorneys who are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction, exceptional achievement, and distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.
  • Solo and Small Firm Project Award: Rewards bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.
  • Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award: Recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

Winners will be honored at ABA GPSolo 2012 Spring Meeting’s Awards Program to be held at the Doubletree Suites in Charleston, SC, on May 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For a list of past winners, click here.

To apply for a solo and small firm award, click here. Nominations are due by March 30, 2012.

 

Non-Division Awards Announcement

Our goal is to ensure that GPSolo members are nominated and recognized for their valuable contributions to the legal profession and community. There is an award deadline that is soon approaching. We are writing to request your assistance in submitting a nomination to the Division of qualified GPSolo members by February 13, 2012. The award information is listed below.

 

Call for Nominations

 

John H. Pickering Achievement Award

The ABA Senior Lawyers Division is accepting nominations for the 2012 John H. Pickering Achievement Award. The award honors the life and accomplishments of John H. Pickering, an outstanding lawyer who was involved in various pro bono activities and law-related societal issues affecting the elderly. The award nominees must be lawyers or judges, but not necessarily members of the American Bar Association. The deadline for nominations is February 27, 2012. The award will be presented at the SLD dinner, on August 2, 2012, held during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

For more information, or to see previous award recipients, visit the Pickering Award web page.

 

Attorney Chauntis T. Jenkins Appointed Judge Pro Tempore

 

 

Chauntis T. Jenkins has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court as judge pro tempore of Division “K–5" of Orleans Parish Civil District Court, according to Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Bernette J. Johnson. Jenkins will fill the vacancy created due to the election of Judge Herbert A. Cade to Orleans Parish Traffic Court. She will serve from January 1, 2012 through May 1, 2012, or until further order from the Court.

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