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Smart Soloing Center to Launch Before Annual Meeting

An idea years in the making is finally coming to fruition. The ABA’s Interactive Services Department (with help from the GPSolo Division’s Solo Center Task Force, chaired by Jeffrey Allen) is working on a new online feature for solo practitioners called the Smart Soloing Center. The Smart Soloing Center, which is slated to launch before this summer’s Annual Meeting, will aggregate the ABA’s array of resources for solos. The Smart Soloing Center also will highlight news of interest to solos and helpful links to resources outside of the ABA. Interactive Services is working with GPSolo, the Membership and Marketing Department, ABA Publishing, and entities across the ABA to plan and launch the first iteration of the Center by Annual Meeting.

First Recipient Selected for Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award

Seth Rosner, former Division Chair and the recipient of last year’s Solo & Small Firm Achievement Award, has created the Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award with the assistance of the Young Lawyers Division and the Center for Professional Responsibility. The award recognizes and encourages young lawyers who are dedicated to lawyer professionalism. The award is supported by the Rosner and Rosner Justice Fund and administered by the Center for Professional Responsibility. The fund and award are named by donor Seth Rosner in honor and in memory of his partners, Oscar S. Rosner, his father, and Jonathan L. Rosner, his brother.

The award honors young lawyer commitment to legal and judicial ethics, lawyer professionalism, client protection, and professional regulation. The award recipient receives a lifetime complimentary membership in the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, complimentary registration for the Center’s National Professional Responsibility Conference, and a complimentary one-year subscription to the web-based version of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct.

Representatives of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and the ABA Young Lawyers Division serve on the selection committee. Nominations for next  year’s award will be accepted until March 31, 2011. The recipient will be announced in June, and the award presentation will take place at the Association’s Annual Meeting in August.

This year’s recipient is Lindsay C. Harrison of Jenner & Block’s Washington, D.C., office.

GPSolo Magazine Honored

Trade, Association and Business Publications International has recognized GPSolo magazine with a 2010 Tabbie Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Best Single Issue for “Bumps in the Road IV” (October/November 2009), which addressed the mental health, substance abuse, and quality-of-life challenges confronted all too frequently by lawyers. (Check out the full contents for yourself at www.abanet.org/genpractice/magazine/2009/octnov). Now in its seventh year, the Tabbie Awards competition recognizes editorial and design excellence among trade, association, and business periodicals worldwide. The 2010 Tabbie Awards featured nearly 500 entries, with nominations coming from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. Congratulations to “Bumps in the Road IV” issue editor James Schwartz, 2009–2010 editor-in-chief Joan M. Burda, and all the issue’s contributors for this well-deserved honor.

ABA Young Lawyers Division Announces the Winners of the 2010 YLD Child Advocacy Award

The honorees are
Young Lawyer Recipient

Angela A. Ciolfi, JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center
Distinguished Lawyer Recipient

Alfreda D. Coward, Executive Director, One Voice Children’s Law Center
The biographies of these awardees will be posted on the YLD’s website in the coming weeks. The winners will be recognized at the YLD Assembly on Saturday, August 7, 2010 in San Francisco. For more information on this award and the honorees, please visit www.abanet.org/yld/awards/childadvocacy.

Annual Meeting of the Division Membership

The Annual Meeting of the Division Membership will be held at the 2010 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Saturday, August 7, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Marriott San Francisco Marquis, Sierra Suite C, 5th Floor. The Division will elect its 2010/2011 Vice Chair and Secretary, as well as five Council Members-at-Large. Also slated are the uncontested offices of Chair and Chair-Elect.            

Contested Election for Division Officers

The Division will hold a contested election for the officer positions of Vice Chair and Secretary at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Division Membership. The candidacies for Division Vice Chair are Benes Z. Aldana (Seattle, WA) and Elio F. Martinez, Jr. (Coral Gables, FL). The candidacies for Division Secretary are Brian T. Hermanson (Ponca City, OK) and Jennifer A. Rymell (Fort Worth, TX).

Eligible members of the Division may vote by secret ballot, in person, without proxy. See below for the Division's Election and Voting Bylaws.

Contested Election Disclaimer

Neither the Division nor its officers endorse any candidates. Any statements or endorsements (either explicit or implicit) made by the candidates in their statements do not represent an endorsement. Any candidate claiming an endorsement from the Division or its officers is doing so without permission.
For any further information, please contact the Division at 312-988-5648 or visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Election Bylaws


7.4.1    ELECTIONS. All elections for Division offices (excluding Divisions 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3) shall be held at the Annual Meeting of the Division, except special elections to fill vacancies that may occur. The election of Officers, Council members and/or Division Delegates may be taken by secret ballot. Election occurs by a simple majority. The Chair shall vote in an election only for the purpose of breaking a tie.

7.4.2    CONTESTED ELECTIONS PROCEDURE. Elections for contested positions shall be by secret ballot. If a petition is filed pursuant to 7.3.2, the election for Council Member-at-Large positions shall become an election at-large. The candidates receiving the largest number of votes shall be elected to the Council Member-at-Large positions that are vacant. It shall not be required to vote for each vacant Council seat. The separate election for Secretary and Vice Chair shall be decided by a plurality of the votes cast in the election for the office. If an election for an officer or Council Member-at-Large position results in a tie vote and the number of tied candidates exceeds the number of available positions to be elected, the newly-elected Council, excluding all tied positions to be filled in the election, shall have the authority to resolve the tie and elect the candidate(s) from among the tied candidates to fill the available position(s).


(i)         All voting shall be in person, without proxy.
(ii)        Members eligible to vote shall be those members whose Division dues are paid prior to the election at the Annual Meeting of the Division pursuant to Division 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 above.

7.4.4    REPORTING ELECTION RESULTS. The Chair shall appoint a Committee of Tellers of not more than 5 members. All election results shall be reported to the Chair from the Committee of Tellers without undue delay.

House of Delegate Election

The 2010/11 Division Council will elect a new Division Delegate to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 5–8, 2010. This is a three-year term to be filled through the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in 2013. Nominations must be provided to the 09/10 Division Secretary, Benes Z. Aldana by July 21, 2010. He can be reached c/o ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division at 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. The email address is genpractice@abanet.org; fax number is 312-988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.

Call for 2010 Difference Makers Awards Nominations

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 where the Division’s Fall Conference is held. However, the winners are not limited to only those in the local community. Rather than only recognizing solo/small firm lawyers or those working in the solo/small firm sections of local and state bars, these awards are intended for any size firm lawyers, educators, judges, etc., who fulfill one of the award categories. Recognition is given for Breaking Barriers, Community Service, Service to the Profession and Pro Bono Service .

Winners will be honored at the Division’s 2010 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference Awards Ceremony in Austin, TX, on Friday, October 22, 2010.

Applications must be submitted by email to genpractice@abanet.org, faxed to 312-988-5711, or postmarked no later than August 31, 2010.


Please visit the website for more information at www.abanet.org/genpractice.


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.



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