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MAR 2009


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Economic Recovery Resources »

Find the latest information from the ABA on how to get through the economic downturn. Our Economic Recovery Resources portal contains resources and tips on a variety of topics from job searching, to practice management, to professional development, and more:

ABI Adds Personal Umbrella Coverage for Lawyers  »

American Bar Insurance (ABI) now offers personal umbrella policies through the Navigators Insurance Group. ABA members concerned about protecting their assets from unfunded liability judgments may purchase personal umbrella coverage that includes uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage at no additional premium—and with discounted pricing through ABA Member Advantage.

 “In today’s marketplace, when the number of uninsured/underinsured motorists in the United States is growing, we felt ABA members should have this coverage available,” says J. David Andrews, former ABA Treasurer and current ABI President. “This goes beyond existing homeowners and auto policies, without requiring a change in carriers. It strengthens protection in many areas.”

According to the Insurance Research Council’s Uninsured Motorists, 2008 Edition study released earlier this year, 14 percent of drivers in the United States were uninsured in 2007, and the number could rise to one in six by 2010.

If you or a family member is involved in an accident in which one of these drivers is at fault, you are unlikely to be reimbursed for vehicle damages, lost wages, or medical costs. Worse, depending on the limits of your personal auto policy, you may not have enough coverage for yourself, either.

In addition, if you own a boat, have a swimming pool, or ride a motorcycle or snowmobile, you have increased risk. Personal umbrella protection adds an extra layer of liability coverage for young drivers, rental properties, farmland, watercraft, and all types of vehicles.

The policies also include limits of up to $10 million, as well as coverage for domestic partners, spouses, and drivers under 18.

Whatever your risk, as an ABA member you qualify for discounted pricing through the ABA Member Advantage program. For more information, visit

Spring Meeting: Housing and Registration Deadlines! »

At the GP|Solo Spring Meeting, you will be able to conduct business in a relaxed setting. Start the meeting with a CLE program, Cross-Border Practice and Beyond, and attend some committee meetings to provide your feedback on the Division’s activities. We’ll cap off each night with a networking reception or a hospitality event.

The deadline to receive the discounted hotel rate of $250 single/double based on availability is April 6, 2009.

Meeting registration early bird deadline is April 24, 2009. Register now and save $50 on the Spring Meeting registration fee.

For more information, please go to GP|Solo 2009 Spring Meeting, Cabo San Lucas Mexico


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, more than 120 technology vendors feature the latest in legal technology products and services. Network with more than 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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Sponsor Highlight – Software Technology, Inc »

For those of you not familiar with them, STI, the maker of Tabs3 Billing and PracticeMaster Practice Management Software, has been at the forefront of developing software for law firms for more than twenty-five years. Tabs3 is one of the most widely used time and billing products in the United States and has been an industry leader since its introduction in 1979. Tabs3 is designed to integrate with PracticeMaster, the emerging leader in practice management software. Among its many features, PracticeMaster provides an easy way for firms to create a firm-wide calendar, search for conflicts of interest, and organize case and contact information.

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