Volume 20, Number 4
June 2003

Section News

compiled by Lara Trujillo

Section Dinner/ Dining Out in San Francisco
The JAG community and the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division invite you to a night of tradition, ceremony, fine dining, and great fun in San Francisco, CA. This event will take place on Friday, the eighth of August at six thirty in the evening for cocktails and seven thirty in the evening for dinner at The Marines' Memorial Club near Union Square in San Francisco. Attire is evening or mess dress for military guests and
black tie for civilian guests. For more information please call LCDR Andy Sugimoto at 510-437-3237. If you would like to attend please visit the Section web site to purchase your ticket. www.abanet.org/genpractice.

The Dining Out represents the most formal aspects of military social life. The exact origin of the Dining Out is not known. It is believed, however, the practice dates back to pre-Christian Roman to King Arthur's knights in the sixth century of holding formal ceremonies/feasts to honor military victories and feats of heroism. These ceremonies usually included a dinner of fine foods, drinks, and fellowship. Later, this custom spread to monasteries, universities, and eventually, to the military officer's messes. With the adoption of the Dining Out by the military, these feasts became more formalized. British soldiers introduced the custom to colonial America, where it was borrowed by George Washington's Continental Army. In its present form, the Dining Out serves to bring officers, and their guests, together in a fellowship atmosphere and to enhance the luxuries of life. For civilian guests, it is also an opportunity to gain some insight into the social world of the uniformed officers. These dinners have become traditional in all the branches of the armed forces. In the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard, it is the Dining-in; in the Army, the regimental dinner; in the Marine Corps, mess night.

Sponsored by
ABA Standing Committee On Armed Forces Law
ABA Standing Committee On Legal Assistance for Military Personnel
ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division
ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
ABA Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division
Judge Advocates Association
ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security
ABA Young Lawyers Division

Solo and Small Firm Day 2003

You won't want to miss Solo & Small Firm Day 2003 - '99 Tips to Being an Effective Lawyer - on Friday, August 8th, from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. culminating with a reception to teach you how to network effectively. This year's program will be at the Presidential CLE Centre.

The sessions will include:

. 60 Websites in 60 minutes
Carol Levit, author of Internet Fact Finder for Lawyers

. Getting Clients and Keeping them Happy
Lisa Miller

. Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers (part one)
Myer Sankary (past chair of Calif. Solo and Small Firm Division)
and Steve Melita

. Do's and Don'ts When Dealing with the Media

. 60 PDA tips in 45 minutes
Martin Dean

. Using Paralegals for Profitability
Carolyn Yellis

. Ethics & Client Trust Accounting - a practical on how to keep records using QuickBooks - Ellen Peck and Myer Sankary

. Networking Reception - how to use your gift of gab to network effectively
Robert Cohen

This year's program will be an event you will not want to miss. For additional information, please contact the Section at (312) 988-5640 or visit our web site at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Meet the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division Staff!
If you haven't had the chance to familiarize yourself with the Section staff, take a moment to read up on who we are and what we do. Feel free to give us a call and introduce yourself!

Section Director
Alexa Giacomini
Phone: 312/988-5636
E-mail: Giacomia@staff.abanet.org
HOURS: 8:00 a .m. - 4:30 p.m.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises the activities of the Section staff; provides primary support to Officers, Council members and Standing Committees in the areas of planning, finances, and issue development; supervises membership development activities. Maintains liaison with ABA entities.

Assistant Director
Lara Trujillo
Phone: 312/988-5659
E-mail: TrujillL@staff.abanet.org
HOURS: 9:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
RESPONSIBILITIES: establishes procedures and directs the activities of the Committee and Meeting Service Unit. Provides primary support to the Section's substantive law and professional issues committee. Responsible for Section programs, meeting arrangements and social activities, including budget development, site research and marketing strategies.

Member Services Manager
RESPONSIBILITIES: Develops and implements membership recruitment and retention efforts for the Section. Provides staff support for Section's Membership Board. Works closely with ABA Membership Division to take advantage of joint section programs.

Section Administrator
Dee C. Lee
Phone: 312/988-5648
E-mail: LeeD@staff.abanet.org
HOURS: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Provides administrative, technical and membership support to the Director of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division in connection with the overall administration of the Section's activities. Includes management of the committee appointment process, development and monitoring of Section budget, development of Section's Leadership Directory and support for activities of the Officers, Council and Administrative Committee. Serves as Section's Listserve Coordinator.

Committees & Meeting Services Assistant
Laura E. Ramirez
Phone: 312/988-5640
E-mail: RamirezL@staff.abanet.org
HOURS: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for meeting registration and payments; coordinates on-site meeting and program logistic; handles speaker arrangements and the production of program materials; coordinates and submission of MCLE information; organizes meeting shipments and on-site registration desk. Serves as Section's Internet Coordinator. Provides assistance to Section's Substantive committees.

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