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2011 ABA Midyear Meeting

February 11–13
Hyatt Regency
Atlanta, GA

Please join us for the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, GA. The Division will hold activities such as CLE programs, a law student outreach gathering, the Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Luncheon, and the Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast. There is no registration fee for the Midyear Meeting. Attendees can register several different ways: online, by fax, by mail, or onsite at the Marriott Marquis. The deadline for advance registration is January 14, 2011.

The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers’ Caucus is open to all members interested in advancing the opportunities of solos and small firm attorneys in the legal profession. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet other ABA members and network with colleagues; examine issues being addressed by the ABA that are of interest to and impact solos and small firm attorneys; discuss issues of concern to solos and small firm attorneys; announce ABA candidacies; meet with declared ABA candidates; and learn more about the Division activities and programs so you can increase your involvement with the Division. Be sure to register for this free event!

Schedule at a Glance

Friday, February 11, 2011

8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.               
Military Lawyers Committee Meeting

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.            
US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Swearing-In Ceremony

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  
Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.  
CLE: Securities Arbitration Practice and Procedure in the        
Wake of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010      

10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.   
Hospitality Suite

Saturday, February 12, 2011

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.              
Book Publications Board Meeting

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Executive Committee Meeting

3:15 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
ABA Leadership Coalition for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers

10:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m.
Hospitality Suite

Sunday, February 13, 2011
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.   
Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus

To register, click here for the 2011 ABA Midyear Meeting.

Save the Date

2011 ABA GPSolo Spring Meeting

May 12–14
Four Season Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the ABA GPSolo Division’s Spring Meeting, cosponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Meeting highlights include:

Thursday, May 12—a Welcome Reception at the St. Louis Zoo
Friday, May 13—Committee Meetings, Solo and Small Firm Awards Ceremony, networking event on the Terrace at the Four Seasons, Hospitality Suite
Saturday, May 14—Committee Meetings, Council Meeting, Hospitality Suite

ABA GPSolo has reserved a number of rooms at a reduced rate, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). To receive the special room rate of $169, which includes complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, please contact the hotel directly at 314-881-5800 and identify yourself as an ABA GPSolo attendee. It is recommended that you confirm your reservation early in order to guarantee your preferred dates. Please check with the hotel to confirm the cancellation policy for individual guestroom reservations.

2011 ABA Annual Meeting

August 4–7
Fairmont Royal York
Toronto, Canada

2011 ABA GPSolo Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 20–23
Westin Tabor Center
Denver, Colorado

Other Meetings

28th Annual National CLE Conference: CLE and Ski!

January 5–9, 2011
Vail Mountain Marriott Resort & Spa

Eight Practice Areas:
• Bankruptcy
• Civil Litigation
• Employee Benefits
• Family
• Health
• Intellectual Property
• Labor and Employment
• Real Estate

This event will feature top-notch legal education, invaluable networking opportunities, world-class skiing, and luxurious resort accommodations! Moreover, the programmers’ insistence on high-quality speakers and programming assures that this conference will be both a substantive learning experience and a leisurely, relaxing vacation. Earn CLE While You Ski!

• Live programs with top-notch speakers—among the best lawyers in the country
• Cutting-edge topics
• 16–19 CLE credits, plus ethics credits—accredited in all MCLE states
• Opportunities for open discussions
• Networking with colleagues
• Outstanding resort location
• Early morning and late-afternoon CLE schedule—plenty of recreation time
• Special Vail lodging and lift-ticket discounts—available from January 2–12, 2011

Don’t miss this unique networking opportunity! Please be sure to use this special link for ABA GPSolo members!


Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together

Legal technology has become an essential aspect to legal careers and for 25 years. ABA TECHSHOW has shown how technology can improve the way you practice law. Join us April 11–13, 2011, in Chicago for our silver jubilee as we celebrate our 25th year of bringing lawyers and technology together.

As a member of ABA GPSolo, we want to make you aware of ABA TECHSHOW and the substantial discount we can provide you on registration. The standard registration fee for ABA TECHSHOW is $1,025, but our discount automatically decreases the price to $875. If you register before the February 25 early bird deadline, you will receive an additional discount of $200—all for a low cost of $675! Simply download this registration form and include this unique Event Promoter Discount Code, EP1120, to receive the rate.

Don’t miss your chance to network with legal professionals from across the country, April 11–13, 2011, in Chicago during ABA TECHSHOW. If you have questions, come get answers at www.techshow.com.

CLE Teleconference: Selected Issues in Foreclosure Defense

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Central

The program will feature a discussion of residential foreclosure defenses, including:

•     documentation issues (mortgages, assignments, endorsements, and notarization);
•     FHA regulations, guidelines, and procedures;
•     the role of MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems); and
•     an alternative view of “produce the note.”

Christopher G. Brown, Partner, Begos Horgan & Brown LLP, Westport, CT
Robert W. Doggett, Team Manager – Foreclosure Defense, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., Austin, TX

Wendell Finner, First Coast Consumer Law, Jacksonville Beach, FL

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t11sfd1.html .

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