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2009 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Recap

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California

Words from the Chair, James M. Durant III


Thank you so much all who attended one of our very best Fall leadership conferences: the GPSolo’s National Solo and Small Firm Conference and the Young Lawyers Institute. As you are aware, this was an incredible conference that was hugely successful in large part to your presence and participation. On the behalf of the officers and members of GPSolo, we appreciate your taking time out of your schedule to enjoy the benefits of this conference. We hope it met and exceeded your expectations. Thanks to you, the Los Angeles Conference was a great success. Please take a moment to review some photos of the events, as well as some welcome letters from the locals.

Welcome Reception
Friday Events
Difference Makers Dinner
Saturday Events

Please do consider joining us in St. Thomas in May 2010 for our Spring Conference as we merge with the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the St. Thomas Bar Association for a truly joint meeting. At this juncture, we are now putting the final touches on phenomenal programming with ample CLE opportunities in St. Thomas. We will, however, also ensure that the schedule allows you to enjoy St. Thomas, St. John, and the other exciting venues.

Public Service Projects

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 General Practice Division collected an entire box full of supplies along with $700 in cash and gift cards for this organization.

Birmingham Pledge

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.


The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (GPSolo) provided Fall Meeting, National Solo and Small Firm Conference, and Young Lawyers Institute, attendees more than 30 CLE sessions over Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, 2009. Many of these sessions were well attended, with great comments such as “Extremely helpful,” “Engaging, entertaining and remarkably knowledgeable.”

GPSolo also had its first live teleconference broadcast from the live, in-person CLE program produced by the Young Lawyers Institute at the GPSolo 2009 Fall Meeting and National Solo and Small Firm Conference. Speaker Jay Foonberg presented “How to Hang Your Shingle and Start Your Firm.” Don’t worry if you missed it. You can purchase the recording by clicking here.

CLE Teleconferences

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

Click here to download a printable schedule.

November 2009
Are Your Clients Prepared for the Flu? | (CET9HN1) | Thursday, November 5, 2009 |
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

According to the CDC, between the normally expected flu cases and the much publicized H1N1 outbreak, this will be the most severe flu season in more than 50 years. Listen as the panel addresses the following issues confronting employers.

What are the responsibilities of employers and human resources professionals when it comes to balancing the health of the workforce with the need to ensure that work continues?

Can employers mandate vaccination?

Can they insist that employees stay away from work to avoid spreading infection?

This teleconference and live audio webcast will examine the alphabet soup of laws that govern workplace measures to address the flu, including the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP), EMTALA, workers compensation laws, and public health laws that may mandate calls for isolation and quarantine by local authorities.

Our expert panel will also address the roles of various governmental agencies with responsibility for the administration and enforcement of these laws.

Priscilla D. Keith, General Counsel, Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana

Lloyd D. Cohen, Lloyd D. Cohen Attorney LLC, Columbus, Ohio
Additional panelist to be announced.

Sponsors: The American Bar Association Health Law Section, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education.

To register please visit: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t09hn11.html.

General Practice 101: Avoiding Solo/Small Firm Ethical Traps | (CET9ASF) |
Thursday, November 5, 2009 | 11:00 a.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, California
 David Parker, Parker Shumaker Mills LLP, Los Angeles, CA

To register please visit: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t09asf1.html.

Networking Effectively and Ethically | (CET9ECD) | Wednesday, November 18, 2009 |
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

Everyone knows that networking is good for your legal career, but few attorneys make it a priority. This program focuses on how to build your network in a manner that feels comfortable for you.

During this teleconference and audio webcast, our expert speaker will discuss the ethical traps of networking, and address issues such as:

When does effective networking turn into unethical solicitation?

How do you handle referral fees?

Participants of this program will gain the confidence to use networking as a valuable tool to build their professional success.

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

To register please visit: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t09ecd1.html.

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, 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 and how every solo and small firm & family law practitioner can follow the proven blueprint for success she developed and has now successfully taught to over 150 other lawyers.

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

To register please visit: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t09tss1.html.

Nominating Committee Meetings

The ABA GPSolo Nominating Committee of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division met during the 2009 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, California, on October 16 and 17, 2009, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to nominate individuals for the positions of Division Vice Chair, Secretary, and Members-at-Large of the Council. In accordance with §4.4 of the Bylaws, the committee will nominate five Council Members-at-Large to serve four-year terms. The following members have submitted applications for the position of Council Member-at-Large: Gary L. Anderson (San Antonio, TX), Kenneth J. Ashman (Chicago, IL), Travis A. Cushman (Great Falls, MT), Richard Evangelista (Christiansted, VI), Jay G. Foonberg (Beverly Hills, CA), Kathleen J. Hopkins (Seattle, WA), Jennifer S. Hilsabeck (Henderson, NV), Jeffrey L. Solomon (Woodbury, NY) and G. Rawson Stevens (Shenandoah, IA); for the position of Division Secretary: Marilyn J. Harbur (Salem, OR), Brian T. Hermanson (Ponca City, OK), and Jennifer A. Rymell (Ft. Worth, TX); and for the position of Division Vice Chair: Benes Z. Aldana (Seattle, WA).


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