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The ABA Smart Soloing Center Is Here for You!

The American Bar Association has launched the Smart Soloing Center—an online resource that is the latest in the Association’s growing portfolio of products and services designed for sole practitioners. The center aggregates content from across the ABA’s website and a host of Internet sources. It includes:

• The Solo Blog Network, featuring posts from some of the most insightful lawyers who are writing about the joys and challenges of solo practice.
• Articles drawn from the ABA’s dozens of substantive law magazines.
• The most popular discussions from SoloSez, the ABA’s free email discussion list for solo practitioners.
• The latest news about solos and small firms from the daily feed of the ABA Journal.
• Links to a wide variety of websites for solos.

Call for Nomination for Officers and Council Member-at-Large—2011/2012

Chair Joseph A. DeWoskin has appointed N. Kay Bridger-Riley to serve as chair of the Division’s Nominating Committee for the 2010–2011 bar year. The committee members are Chauntis Jenkins, Stephen Rosales,Patricia Sexton,and Alan Olson.

The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2010 Fall Meeting in Austin, TX, October
21–23, at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol to nominate members 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. Minority applicants are encouraged. The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division bylaws.

Please return your completed questionnaire to the Division Office via email at genpractice@abanet.org or via fax at (312) 988-5711 or mail directly to ABA, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 postmarked by Friday, October 8, 2010. Click here to download a copy of the nominating application or visit the website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

During the Fall Meeting, each interested individual will have an opportunity to appear in person before the Nominating Committee to discuss his or her qualifications and aspirations. Please note that a personal appearance is not necessary for an individual to be considered by the Committee. Further, an appearance before the Committee will not entitle one to reimbursement for attendance at the meeting.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact N. Kay Bridger-Riley at (918) 933-9047 or by email at Kay@bridger-riley.com.

Welcome Council Members and Liaison

Gary Anderson (San Antonio, TX)
Richard Evangelista (Christiansted, VI)
Jennifer Hilsabeck (Las Vegas, NV)
Kathleen Hopkins (Seattle, WA)
G. Rawson Stevens (Shenandoah, IA)
Board of Governors Liaison: Michelle Behnke: Madison, WI)
Young Lawyers Division Liaison: Matthew Butler (San Diego, CA)
Law Student Division Liaison: Grant Beardsley (Saint Petersburg, FL)

Diversity and Young Lawyers Fellowships

Congratulations and Welcome to the four 10/11 Diversity Fellows:

Ernest Morris, Jr. (Kingshill, VI)
Matthew Pineda (Orlando, FL)
Lara Trujillo Webb (Evanston, IL)
Arnettia Wright (Washington, DC)

Congratulations and Welcome to the Two 10/11 Young Lawyer Fellows

Joel Carney (Omaha, NE)
Kara Nyquist (Anchorage, AK)

Difference Makers Awards Program

Congratulations to the 2010 Difference Makers Awards Winners! The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Difference Makers Awards. Winners will be honored during the Division’s 2010 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference, October 21–23, at the Difference Makers Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 22, at the Sheraton Austin in Austin, TX.

Richard Pena (Austin, TX)
Making a Difference through Service to the Profession—This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession. (i.e. frequent activities in bar associations, committees, and services).

Roger Braden (Edgewood, KY)
Making a Difference through Community Service—This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service. Recognizes a lawyer who does a lot of community work, which does not necessarily mean specifically bar work or pro bono work per se.

Hon. Matthew Perry, Jr. (Columbia, SC)
Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers – This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (Dallas, TX: a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas)
Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work—This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work.

The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who “made a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations and is held at the Fall Meeting. These awards have since 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. At the Fall Meeting in Austin, recognition will be given for Making a Difference through Service to the Profession, Community Service, Breaking Barriers and Pro Bono Work.

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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