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The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division seeks approval from the membership to amend the Division’s bylaws at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, August 6, 2011. The vote will be held at the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. Please note that the revised bylaws were approved by the Division’s Council at the Spring Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on Saturday, May 11, 2011.

Over a number of years, the Division has made various changes to the bylaws on an as-needed basis. The GPSolo Bylaws Committee decided to review the bylaws in their entirety, and this process provided an opportunity for an extensive review of Division policies and procedures. The Committee has ensured that the language in the bylaws was changed to be as clear and concise as possible to follow current policies and procedures.

A copy of the current bylaws, revised bylaws, and a summary of key changes and additions to the bylaws may be found on the Division’s website after June 2nd at www.americanbar.org/genpractice. Any questions or concerns should be emailed to genpractice@americanbar.org.


Chair-Elect Laura V. Farber has completed the 2011–2012 leadership appointments. Appointment letters for the upcoming bar year are being distributed. Leadership members should expect to receive notification of appointments the week of May 30. Our upcoming leadership training teleconference is scheduled for Thursday, June 2, 2011, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Central time. Directors, chairs, vice-chairs, and other leaders of all of the Division’s committees are invited to participate. The agenda and further details of the call will be emailed to the leaders on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.


The ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division’s (GPSolo) 2011 Spring Meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri, from May 12 to 14. Approximately 20 committees and the Division Council met over two and a half days. It was a special Spring Meeting because the Division celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Spring Meetings. To celebrate this milestone, GPSolo held the welcome reception at the St. Louis Zoo, scheduled a special roundtable forum with 17 past Chairs who provided words of wisdom regarding their year as Chair, and created a book commemorating the last 25 years of the Division.

Solo and Small Firm Award Winners Photo

From left to right: Marvin Dang, Awards Committee Chair; Gary Munneke, Chair, NYSBA Law Practice Management Committee; Mayor Sylvester James, Jr.; Robert Ostertag, Chair, NYSBA Solo/Small Firm Coordinating Council; and Joseph DeWoskin, GPSolo Division Chair.

The prestigious Solo and Small Firm Awards were presented to the recipients at a luncheon. The current mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, Sylvester James, Jr., of The Sly James Firm (Kansas City, MO) received the Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York State Bar Association (Albany, NY) received the Solo and Small Firm Project Award for its program “Building a Successful Solo/Small Firm Practice: Taking Steps to Achieve Success.”

GPSolo and the ABA Standing Committee on Membership (SCOM) held an education (non-CLE) program, “60 Tips in 60 Minutes,” for local bar association members in Missouri. The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) joined the Division for a reception following the program. The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 held an open forum to discuss the rules governing how lawyers can collaborate and partner with other professionals to provide better client service, greater access to justice, and increase business opportunities. Finally, GPSolo members and guests volunteered at Food Outreach to help pack food to freeze for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Photos may be found on the Division’s Facebook page.




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