Division Announcements

Vol. 3, No. 12


Solo/Small Firm Forms Library

Gain instant access to convenient forms, letters, checklists, and agreements developed specifically with the solo/small firm practitioner in mind. Written by some of the top legal professionals in their field, the material in the GPSolo Division's Forms Library is organized by practice area, making it quick and easy to find the forms you need. Click here to find out more.


House of Delegates Election

The 2014–2015 GPSolo Division Council will elect a new Division Delegate to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, August 7–10, 2014, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. This is a three-year term to be filled through the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in 2017. Nominations must be provided to the 2013–2014 Division Secretary, David Lefton, in writing at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting. He may be reached via the mail c/o ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division at 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. The email address is gpsolo@americanbar.org or via fax at 312-988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.


Brown Bag Sessions


Wednesday, August 13

12:00p.m.–1:00 p.m. Central

GPSolo’s Virtual Brown Bag Sessions are short, informal educational events on timely topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference as a Division member benefit at no additional cost. The sessions are held monthly, 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.

Some past Brown Bag Session topics included:

  • The Lawyer’s Guide to Financial Planning
  • Protect Your Online Reputation: How to Create and Manage Your Legal Brand
  • Expanding Your Practice With Limited Scope Representation
  • Senior Insolvency, Asset Protection, and Estate Planning
  • Navigating the Legal Technology Minefield: What's New for 2014
  • Group Legal Services: What's in It for You?
  • More on How to Start and Build a Successful Law Practice
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Is It Time to Add It to Your Bankruptcy Practice?
  • More on How to Start and Build a Successful Law Practice
  • Premiums to Profits: Attorneys as Title Agents
  • Taking the Mystery and (Some) Misery Out of Starting and Developing a New Solo Practice
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
  • Cybersecurity and the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

You can access these sessions and more on the Division’s website.


Call for Difference Makers Awards Nominations

Due by August 15, 2014

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (ABA GPSolo) announces a call for nominations for its annual Difference Makers Awards Program to recognize extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, and people with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation.

These awards have been expanded to honor local attorneys whose dedication has made a difference to the profession or the community where the Division’s fall meeting is held. However, the winners are not limited to only those in the local community. Rather than recognizing only solo and small firm lawyers or those working in the solo and small firm sections of local and state bars, these awards are intended for any size firm lawyers, educators, judges, etc., who fulfill one of the following award categories.

Winners will be honored at the GPSolo 2014 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio Hotel in San Antonio, TX.

  • Difference Makers Award: This award honors a deserving individual who is an attorney or no-attorney: (a) who has made a difference in the local community, and (b) who lives in the local geographic area where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.
  • Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.
  • Making a Difference through Community Service: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service. (Not necessarily through bar work or pro bono work per se).
  • Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work: 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. (Recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work).
  • Making a Difference through Service to the Profession: This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession. (i.e., frequent activities in bar associations, committees, and services).

Please read the Awards Summary Information before completing the application. To submit an application or for more information visit our Awards homepage.



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