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Buzz Meetings

2009 GPSolo Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference
October 15–17, 2009
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, California

The National Solo and Small Firm Conference, offering more than 20 CLE sessions and four plenary sessions
• Young Lawyers Institute offering six CLE programs for law students and new lawyers
• Welcome reception Remedy Lounge, 800 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
• Difference Makers Awards Dinner cosponsored by West, a Thomson Reuters business

Millennium Biltmore has reserved a block of rooms. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 800-245-8673 and mention the ABA General Practice 2009 Fall Meeting to get the special low rate of $179 Biltmore single/double.

Reservations can also be made online at General Practice Online Reservations.

Public Service Projects During GPSolo Fall Meeting

  • Uncommon Good – Fostering idealism in education, medicine, and law

Uncommon Good is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that the poor have access to quality education, health care, and legal services. It provides mentoring and other services to low income children to help them break the cycle of poverty through successfully completing an education. Uncommon Good also sponsors young health professionals and lawyers who are devoting their careers to serving the poor.

 The Birmingham Pledge Foundation is a grassroots effort to recognize the dignity and worth of every individual, by making a personal, daily commitment to remove prejudice from our own lives and to treat all people with respect. For more information visit our website.


Division Teleconferences

Click here for more information. Registration for the sessions below will be open soon.

Click here to download a printable schedule.

October 2009
How to Hang Your Shingle and Start Your Firm | (CET9HHY) | Friday, October 16, 2009 | 12:00 p .m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Almost any lawyer can successfully start a practice if he or she is willing to learn how to do it. Ninety minutes with Jay Foonberg and a few hours with his books including the all-time best seller of the American Bar Association, How to Start and Build a Law Practice, 5th edition, can prevent you from wasting time and money doing it the wrong way. Mr. Foonberg’s up-to-date classic books and programs have helped hundreds of thousands of lawyers achieve success!

Jay G. Foonberg, Foonberg Law Office, Beverly Hills, CA

November 2009
General Practice 101: Avoiding Solo/Small Firm Ethical Traps | (CET9ASF) |
Thursday, November 5, 2009 | 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST

The program will focus on basic concepts every lawyer needs to practice defensively, including practical approaches to avoiding and minimizing potential malpractice and conflicts of interest.

William Mills, Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, Los Angeles, CA
David Parker, Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Ethics in Client Development | (CET9ECD) | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 |
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Attracting new clients and producing additional revenue is more important and more difficult than ever. The economy is unstable; competition is up; and your business development efforts attempt to gain every possible advantage. This practical multimedia seminar delivers proven methods to build your practice within professional and ethical parameters while you earn ethics credit.

Roy S. Ginsburg, J.D., Minneapolis, MN

December 2009
The Six Systems Every Law Firm Owner Needs for More Freedom, More Money, and More Happy Clients | (CET9TSS) | Thursday, December 10, 2009 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

In this fast-paced presentation, Alexis Martin Neely will guide you through her experience of leaving the big law firm life and starting her own firm with limited financial resources, while she was the breadwinner in her family and had a baby at home and another on the way. She’ll share the trials, tribulations, and rewards of growing her practice from scratch into a million-dollar-a-year law business in just three years. She’ll describe how every solo and small firm and family law practitioner can follow the proven blueprint for success she developed and has now successfully taught to more than 150 other lawyers.

Alexis Martin Neely, Family Law Planning Institute, Los Angeles, CA

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