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GP|Solo 2009 Midyear Meeting Recap »

We’ve just returned from the Division’s 2009 Midyear Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts where we hosted numerous programs and events.

GP|Solo held several events at Midyear Meeting; including:

Law Student Outreach Event at Suffolk University Law School
Friday, February 13, 2009
Suffolk University Law School students attended the GP|Solo Law Student Outreach Program called, "How to Get a Job in a Small Law Firm." Our distinguished moderator and panelists included: Tony Alvarado, Laura Farber, Alan Fowler, Elio Martinez, Steven Rosales, Eileen Sullivan, and Steven Williams.
The presentation included answers to questions such as “Where to look for a job in a small firm?” or "How to approach small firms about clerkships or permanent positions?" The panel of members discussed their experiences as a solo and small firm lawyer as well as the qualifications that they look for in an applicant.

Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Luncheon
Friday, February 13, 2009
David P. Carey, retired U.S. Army brigadier general and current Executive Director of the American Inns of Court Foundation spoke about "Civility in the Courtroom" at this bi-annual event honoring the life and legacy of Major General Keithe E. Nelson (USAF, Retired), the ninth Judge Advocate General, who died of cancer July 18, 2002.

Seven ABA members admitted to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Seven members of the American Bar Association were admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces during a special swearing-in ceremony during the recent ABA Midyear Meeting in Boston.

Among those sworn in were ABA President-Elect Carolyn Lamm, Thomas Goonan of Massachusetts, Daniel Peter Kohlmeyer of New Jersey, David Kyle Loveless of Texas, former Administrative Law Judge Savannah Potter of Georgia, Katheryne Pully of Tennessee, Elizabeth Anne Rosso of Pennsylvania and Bowen Cahill Spievack of Massachusetts.

Chief Judge Andrews S. Effron presided at the special session of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on February 13 that took place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Joining Effron were two Senior Judges of the court: H.F. (Sparky) Gierke and Robinson O. Everett.

Lt. Col. James M. Durant III, a deputy department head at the U. S. Air Force Academy and Chair-Elect of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, formally petitioned the court for the admission of the lawyers. Serving as liaison between the court and the GP|Solo Division, and administering the Oath of Office, was Col. Bryan Spencer, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Ret.).

The U. S. Court of Appeal for the Armed Forces exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over active duty members of the armed forces and over all other person subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. (Appeals go directly to the Supreme Court of the United States.) Its panel of five civilian judges are appointed to 15-year terms by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Since 1951, more than 34,000 lawyers have been admitted to practice in the court.

Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus allows members and local attorneys to contribute to the development of the ABA membership initiative for solo and small firm practitioners.
This year's event was honored by keynote speaker, ABA President-Elect Carolyn Lamm as she set forth her initiatives for the 2009 – 2010 year. Building membership in all segments of the association, including solo and small firm lawyers is a top priority during her presidential term. Lamm also looks forward to working to increase diversity within the legal profession. This annual event was Co-chaired by jennifer rose, GP|Solo Vice-Chair, and Laura Farber, GP|Solo Secretary, and moderated by M. Joe Crosthwait.

CLE Program
Advising the Small Business: Choosing the Right Entity Type & Issues Arising in Representing Entities
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Featured speakers John C. Cushing, K & L Gates; Scott A. Joseph, Joseph & Joseph and Ellen R. Tanowitz, Tanowitz Law Office. The CLE program was based on the book Advising the Small Business by Jean L. Batman, this book can be purchased at
There was a significant increase in attendees at the program from our pre-registration, which showed this program is wanted by attorneys.
Here is what the attendees said…

"Great job overall. Very useful information and applications."
"(Speakers were) very knowledgeable"
With the demand of the program the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division will be broadcasting it as a teleconference on Wednesday, March 11, 2009. If you were unable to attend the Live Program or want your colleagues and/or friends to listen to the program, here is your chance. You may find more information and register at the following link Attend the teleconference and receive a 20% off code for the purchase of the book, Advising the Small Business by Jean L. Batman.


Join the ABA Law Practice Management Section as it presents ABA TECHSHOW® 2009 from April 2-4, 2009 at the Hilton Chicago hotel, in the magnificent Windy City!  Take advantage of the world’s premier legal technology conference and expo, register before the early bird deadline and save $350 from the standard rate as a member of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.

Now in its 23rd year, ABA TECHSHOW offers registrants more than 60 legal technology educational sessions in sixteen exciting tracks, including E-Discovery Boot Camp, Mac Track, Solo/Small Firm and Large Firm tracks, Internet and Finance to name a few.  During the two-day expo, over 120 technology vendors feature the latest in legal technology products and services. Network with over 1500 attendees during the ABA TECHSHOW After Dark – a gala event in the Grand Ballroom with a live band, light fare, drinks and door prizes.

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division members will need to use the Event Promoter (EP) code EP925 when registering.

One-day passes are available for Thursday and Friday; however, the association discount cannot be applied to the one-day registration rate. 

Register before the early bird deadline and receive a $350 discount as a member of General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. Visit the ABA TECHSHOW website at, choose the “Event Promoter Registration,” and enter your association’s Event Promoter Code where indicated.

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