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Photo of Charles Driebe and Joe DeWoskin

It saddens me that I must share with you that our good friend, Charles J. “Chuck” Driebe, passed away on Tuesday, March 1. A memorial service for Chuck was held on Monday, March 7, in Atlanta, GA. Click here for the obituary.

Chuck was an inspiration to those who had contact with him. He always extended his hand in friendship to new and old members alike. In an interview conducted in 2005, Chuck said it best:

I am an accidental lawyer. . . . I had attended two colleges, finished predental, then switched to engineering, then journalism. I was in the Army, and my wife said, “Why don’t you go to law school? My daddy will give us a half of a cow for the freezer” (so we could eat). I managed to get into the law school at the University of Georgia, where I finished first in my class (magna cum laude), was law review editor-in-chief, Phi Beta Kappa, etc. The rest is history.

We would like to thank Paula Frederick for attending the memorial service on behalf of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. The Division also provided flowers for the service, but we encourage others who are able to do so to make a donation to The Emory ALS Clinic or The Emory MDA. Please note that, if you make a contribution, the Emory ALS fund requests the address to notify Chuck’s family. Please use Chuck’s law office address.

Please keep Chuck’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

Joseph A. DeWoskin

Chair, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division


Dear ABA and GPSolo Members:

Are you looking for a way to develop more clients? Do you want to increase your business? Become better known in your legal community? Do you want to better serve your clients and the public? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have an offer you should not refuse. Come get involved in the GPSolo Division. We have something for everyone. Whether it be a continuing legal education program committee, a substantive committee, one of our amazing magazine or electronic newsletters boards, our wonderful book publication board, our membership board, or our public service initiative, there are numerous opportunities for you to increase your profile and to improve your practice. Our theme and goal this year is “Success and Service.” Come join us and be a part of it!

I encourage you to visit our website to review our committee structure.

Leaders will be appointed as directors, chairs, vice chairs, advisors, and other leadership members. The only qualification is that you need to be a member of the Division to receive an appointment. The application is very simple. Just click on this link.

The deadline for submitting your application is March 31, 2011.
If you have any questions, please contact me at lfarber@hahnlawyers.com or Dee Lee at Dee.Lee@americanbar.org.
I look forward to working with you!!

Very truly yours,

Laura Farber Signature

Laura V. Farber
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division


Dee Lee Photo with Celebratory Background

Congratulations to Dee Lee on her 10-year anniversary with the ABA! We cannot thank her enough for all of her hard work and dedication over the years. She brings out the best in us!


ABA GPSolo Nominating Committee Report

The ABA GPSolo Nominating Committee, consisting of Chair N. Kay Bridger-Riley, Chauntis T. Jenkins, Alan O. Olson, Stephen B. Rosales, and Patricia A. Sexton, met during the 2010 Fall Meeting in Austin, TX. The committee submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members-at-large for the 2011–2012 bar year pursuant to Article 7 of the GPSolo Division Bylaws.

For the position of Division Vice Chair, the Committee nominates Jennifer A. Rymell of Fort Worth, TX. Jennifer currently serves our Division as Secretary. For the position of Division Secretary, the Committee nominates Amy Lin Meyerson of Weston, CT. For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Noah C. Davis of Seattle, WA; H. F. “Sparky” Gierke of Orlando, FL; Rick L. Lambert of Dallas, TX; Jeffrey C. Robinson of Selma, AL; and Sarah Sharp Theophilus of Sioux Falls, SD.


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 2011 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.

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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2011–2012 Fellowship Programs: Call for Nominations

The Diversity Fellowship Program is designed to promote diversity within the Division and the ABA, while providing leadership development opportunities within the Division for women, attorneys of color, and those with disabilities and persons of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.

The GPSolo Division is committed to increasing the participation of young lawyers in Division activities. The Young Lawyers Fellowship Program provides young lawyers the opportunity to become actively and integrally involved in the Division’s meetings and committees.

Diversity and Young Lawyers applications are due by April 30, 2011. For more information visit our website.



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