General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

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Sept 2008


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  • The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division has many benefits for Law Students!

    Free Membership in the Division
    Solo practitioners and small firm settings are one of the fastest growing practices in the legal profession.  With over 12,000 law student members in GP|Solo, this trend towards solo and small firms shows no sign of slowing down.  Your decision to join the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division will prove instrumental in helping you to enhance and thrive in your legal career.  Join today, it is free!  Here's how ... Join GP|Solo!

    “How to Find a Job in a Small Firm”
    Do you want to know the answers to “Where to look for a job in a small firm?” or “How to approach small firms about clerkships or permanent positions?”  Join us for beverages and snacks and learn from a panel of members about their experiences as a solo and small firm lawyer as well as the qualifications that they look for in an applicant.  Tony Alvarado, GP|Solo Membership Board Chair, will moderate a panel of local and national lawyers for approximately 45 minutes and then a Q&A will immediately follow.  You will also have an opportunity to approach the panelists for a private one-on-one consultation.

    Date:                Thursday, October 2
    Time:               2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Location:         University of New Mexico, School of Law
                             1117 Stanford NE
                              Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
    Fee:                  Free!

    Moderator:       Tony Alvarado, Law Office of Tony Alvarado, Austin, TX
    Panelists:        Thomas Johnson, Thomas L. Johnson Law Offices LC,                           Albuquerque, NM
                              Erika Poindexter, Albuquerque, NM
                              Joseph Sapien, Sapien Law LLC, Albuquerque, NM
                              Artika Tyner, St. Paul, MN

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    Fall Meeting and National Solo and Small Firm Conference
    October 2-4, 2008 (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
    The ABA GP|Solo 2008 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference is a great way to network with local and national lawyers and to learn more about this exciting way to practice law!  GP|Solo will be offering a complimentary session, “How to Get a Job at a Small Law Firm” at the New Mexico State University.  Additionally, GP|Solo has a special law student rate for their Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference of $30.00, which includes:

    • Welcome Reception at the New Mexico Governor’s Mansion
    • Breakfast on Friday and Saturday
    • Lunch on Friday and Saturday
    • Fourteen CLE sessions
    • Electronic version of all program materials
    • Access to committee meetings
    • Several prize drawings

    For more information, please contact Nicole Nikodem at 312-988-5640 ( or visit the GP|Solo Fall Meeting and NSSFC Web Page

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