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Artika Tyner, the Chair of the Division’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, is the recipient of the University of Saint Thomas School of Law third Dean’s Award for Teaching. The award was presented by Dean Mengler, Minneapolis, Minnesota, on April 15, 2010. Artika has been extremely effective as a clinic instructor in the Community Justice Program. Her student’s comments say it all: Artika is a fantastic instructor on so many levels. She is kind and compassionate, knowledgeable, articulate and always prepared. It was as delight to spend the semester under her supervision. Artika lives out her passion for justice and her faith life in her daily interactions. She constantly challenged us to think outside the box. Artika helped us to reach our highest potential. We are happy to congratulate Artika on her Mission Award in Excellence in Professional Preparation.

ABA TechEZ Training Tuesdays: Free Technology Training in 15 or Fewer Minutes for ABA Members Only

ABA TechEZ Training Tuesdays provides ABA members with expert technology training in manageable doses—usually 15 or fewer minutes. The training sessions are focused on specific tips, tricks, features, or products. Training is held every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Central, and recordings of the live training are posted soon afterward.

Coming up next Tuesday, June 1: Learn to boost the power of MS Outlook 2007 Contacts by using some of its less obvious features. Contacts can act as a way to organize Outlook information by client, perform CRM functions, start a workflow, add ticklers, and more! Learn to make the most of this powerful function.

ABA members can register to watch the training live next Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. CT, or check the ABA TechEZ Training Library next Wednesday to view the recording. Be sure to visit the training calendar to learn about other upcoming topics.

Diversity 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 May 31, 2010. Visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Call for Nominations: 2010 Solo and Small Firm Awards Program

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual 2010 Solo and Small Firm Awards. The annual awards program recognizes dedication to the practice of law as general practitioners or solo or small firm lawyers. Each year the Division honors outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations at the Division’s Awards Ceremony held at the Spring Meeting. Recognition is given for Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, Solo and Small Firm Project Award, and Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award.

Winners will be honored at the Division’s 2010 ABA Annual Meeting at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in August. For a list of past winners, please visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

  • Application deadline has been extended to June 30th. Applications must be submitted by email, fax or postmarked by June 30, 2010.
  • Please read the Awards Summary and Application Instructions before completing this form. To apply for a solo and small firm award complete the attached application and send to genpractice@abanet.org ; fax (312) 988-5711 or visit our website at https://www.abanet.org/genpractice/ .
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award
Recognizes attorneys who have wide acceptance as having significant lifetime distinction as solo or small firm practitioners. It recognizes exceptional achievement by solo and small firm practitioners who are widely accepted by their peers as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award
Designed to reward bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award
Recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

2010 Small Firm Awards

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

Committee Highlight

Stars of the Quarter

Division Group Directors publicly acknowledged the following leadership members as Stars of the Quarter for their latest committee or project achievement and contribution to the work of the Division at the 2010 Spring Meeting in St. Thomas, USVI.

Division 1: Administration ( Jeffrey L. Solomon, Director)

  • Antonio Alvarado (Austin, TX), Membership Board Chair

Division 2: Member Benefits ( Jennifer A. Rymell, Director)

  • Michael Hurley (Painesville, OH), Book Publications Chair

Division 3: Practice Specialty ( Elio F. Martinez, Jr., Director)

  • Julius Zschau (Clearwater, FL), Title, Conveyancing and Bar Committee Chair

Division 4: Practice Setting ( Marilyn J. Harbur, Director)

  • Thomas Hemmingway (Springfield, VA), Military Lawyers Committee Chair and Bryan Spencer (Austin, TX), Programming Vice Chair
  • Jennifer Hilsabeck (Henderson, NV), Young Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Committees Chair

Commission on Women Seeks Input for New Book

Advice for those who are taking the solo, small firm leap needed

The ABA Commission on Women in the Profession is developing a new book entitled The Road to Independence: A Woman's Guide to Forming Her Own Law Firm. This volume will be a collection of letters (maximum 4 pages double-spaced) focusing on the experiences, challenges, and opportunities of women-owned law firms.

The Commission is seeking women who have formed their own firms—whether as a solo, with other women, or with men. It is not necessary that the women currently be owners of their firms. The book’s audience is primarily women who are thinking about starting their own law firms as well as those who already have taken that step.

If you are interested in offering your insight into these important issues, please send name/contact information to Barbara Leff, Commission on Women Communications and Publications Manager, at Barbara.Leff@americanbar.org, and we will send an invitation letter promptly.

The deadline for submission of letters is June 1, 2010. For more information about the book and the procedures for submitting letters, please visit www.abanet.org/women/independence.html.


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