Chair Named Fellow
On March 15, Col. James M. Durant (DFL) was inducted into the American Bar Foundation as a Fellow. Membership as a Fellow is limited to one third of one percent of the lawyers in America. The American Bar Founcation supports sociological and legal research, as well as legal education programs.
Chair’s Midyear Report
Greetings, ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division Leaders and Members:
The attached report provides you a snapshot of our incredible progress over the past six months in the ABA GPSolo Division. Based on your collective efforts, you have moved this Division to incredible heights and achievement through phenomenal service to others. I can’t begin to thank you enough for your sincere dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the practice of law and the service to general practitioners, solos and small firm lawyers across the United States. We have six more months to go before the next bar year when Joe DeWoskin will become chair, and we will deliver to him a Division that is doing the lion’s share of the business in service to the ABA, the profession of law, our constituent members and of, course, our clients.
Call for Spring Agenda Items: Important Deadline April 16, 2010
Please prepare to submit your Spring committee report. Be sure to provide all items in electronic format and use the attached Council Agenda Book Report Form to submit these reports. Agenda items may include the following:
- Committee Reports: Committee chairs are requested to provide a one-page report. These reports should provide updates on committee activities and projects and should include the following:
– what communications you’ve had with your committees
– where you are in completing your annual planned activities
– what is the status on any newsletters, CLE, publications, articles for GPSolo, and so forth
– what plans you have for the rest of the bar year
– anything else that need to be reported on
- Action Items: These are issues that require discussion, reporting, and/or decision making on the part of the Executive Committee and Council. Examples include a request for support of matters appearing before the House of Delegates, revisions of Division policies, requests for use of extraordinary Division resources, and so forth.
- Information Items: These items are for the Council and Executive’s information and do not require action.
If you are submitting material other than a committee report, please be sure to indicate whether it is an action or information item.
Please complete the form in detail and return it by April 16, 2010. All reports should be sent to the attention of Kimberly Anderson, director at the Division office, at email@example.com or by fax to 312-988-5711, with a copy to your assigned Group Director, who will report to the Executive Committee at the Spring Meeting.
Group Director Reports Due by April 23
Division 1 – Administration – Jeffrey L. Solomon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 2 – Member Benefits – Jennifer A. Rymell – email@example.com
Division 3 – Practice Specialty – Elio F. Martinez – firstname.lastname@example.org
Division 4 – Practice Setting – Marilyn J. Harbur – email@example.com
The GPSolo Division’s Council agenda will be available online the week of May 3, at www.abanet.org/genpractice in the Division Leaders section. All council members please print the agenda book for your review and bring with you to the meeting. The Division Council will meet during the Spring Meeting on May 16, at t he Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas, USVI.
If you have any further questions, please contact your Group Director directly or the Division Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-988-5648 or via fax at 312-988-5711.
Diversity and Young Lawyers Fellowships
Call for Diversity Fellowship Nominations
The American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity fellowships in the Division during the 2010–2011 bar year. The nomination application deadline is extended to April 16, 2010. Visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.
Call for Young Lawyers Fellowship Nominations
The American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the sponsorship of two Young Lawyer fellowships in the Division during the 2010–2011 bar year. The nomination application deadline is extended to April 16, 2010. Visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.
Please Donate to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort
The international rescue and relief effort in Haiti from the earthquake that dramatically affected the lives of millions of Haitians continues restlessly. This effort relies on the generosity of the public worldwide. I invite you to donate to this cause by finding a reputable organization—local, national or international—accepting monetary contributions. The following four entities are among the leaders of the effort:
The American Red Cross
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
Doctors Without Borders
Choose among those organizations, or reach out to your local nonprofits, donate, and move others to do the same. Small and large donations will continue to make a difference in Haiti.
Our help is needed now, and will be needed for the nearby future; the recovery of Haiti will happen over time.