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JUN 2009

Awards & Nominations

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Call for Nominations: 2009 Difference Makers Awards Program »

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce 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, people with disabilities and 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.  Winners will be honored at the Division’s 2009 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, California.  For a list of past winners, please go to

Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by August 15, 2009.


Difference Makers Award: This award honors deserving individuals: (a) who have made a difference in the local community, (b) who can’t otherwise qualify for any of the other Difference Makers Awards because that individual is not an attorney, and (c) who lives in the city or state where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards dinner 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).

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.

ABA GP|SOLO Division Presents 2009 Awards at Annual Meeting »

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association will recognize two lawyers and a bar association during its Division Council Meeting Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Swissotel Hotel in Chicago as part of the ABA Annual Meeting. Alan J. Klevan, managing partner of Klevan & Klevan LLP in Wellesley, Mass., will receive the Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award for his significant contribution to educating lawyers and law students about the opportunities of a solo or small firm practice. For several years Klevan has presented the program, “Going Small or Solo…Now What?” at law schools throughout Massachusetts, reaching more than 400 students and lawyers.

Seth Rosner, principal of the Seth Rosner Law Office in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will receive the Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award for his active support of his community and the legal profession. A member of the American Law Institute and the New York State Bar Foundation, Rosner has demonstrated leadership in legal ethics at the local, state and national levels through his work with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

The Philadelphia Bar Association will receive the Solo and Small Firm Project Award for its Law Practice Management Division, created to offer support for lawyers as they establish and maintain their practices. The division provides business management, financial management, marketing and IT resources. It also vets consultants and provides a match service for members.

“These award recipients represent the best aspects of solo and small-firm practice,” said Robert A. Zupkus, chair of the GP|Solo Division. “By reaching out to others with information, knowledge and service these award recipients are an inspiration to us in how they combine dedication to the profession with the practice of law.”

West, a Thomson Reuters business, is the sponsor of the GP|Solo awards.

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