GPSolo Magazine - June 2004


The weather could not have been more pleasant as more than one hundred General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division members gathered for golf and governance in Phoenix, Arizona. We kicked off the meeting in true Southwestern style with a poolside party complete with mariachis and margaritas. Legend has it that an unnamed Section member enjoyed an unintentional dip in the pool. Doug Knapp, our Section photographer, didn’t capture it, but we have plenty of other photos from the weekend posted on our website.

Difference Maker’s Dinner

The highlight of the meeting was a moving tribute to General Earl E. Anderson. Section Chair William T. Hogan III, ABA President-Elect Robert J. Grey Jr., and many others paid homage to our Section’s “American Hero” during a dinner held in his honor. A special video presentation prepared by David Anderson, Clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (also the General’s son) showed highlights from General Anderson’s life and distinguished career. Chair Hogan then presented the General with the Section’s first Lifetime Difference Maker Award. The flowers used as centerpieces at the event were donated to the Gold Canyon Elementary School Reading Garden. School officials have replanted the live rose bushes for the enjoyment of the many children who gather there to read and play. What a fitting tribute to a man who gives so much to others!

Military Law Day During Annual Meeting

The Military Law Committee of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section is one of our most active and involved working groups. In keeping with their tradition of informative programming and delightful social events, the planning group for this Committee has prepared a full day of activities for Military Law Day during the ABA Annual Meeting. Military Law Day will commence at 0800 (that is 8:00 a.m. for you non-military folks) for breakfast and committee reports. A special report on ABA President Dennis W. Archer’s Working Group to Protect Service Members’ Civil Rights will be presented by retired Lieutenant Colonel Gregory M. Huckabee and retired Colonel Gary Anderson.

Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Committee Luncheon

Immediately following the morning session, the committee asks you to join with them as they celebrate the life and legacy of Keithe E. Nelson during the Memorial Military Law Committee Luncheon that bears his name. Held twice a year, this luncheon has become one of our most popular reccurring Section events. The keynote speaker for the 2004 luncheon will be Colonel Will A. Gunn. Colonel Gunn is the Department of Defense, Office of Military Commissions Acting Chief Defense Counsel. He is responsible for supervising all defense activities and the efforts of Detailed Defense Counsel to ensure zealous representation of all accused referred to trial before a military commission. His duties include administering the Civilian Defense Counsel pool for military commissions and advising the Department of Defense General Counsel on matters relating to military commission defense activities. His address on several timely issues is sure to be thought provoking.

This event is ticketed at $25 and includes a full plated lunch.

Third Annual Dining Out

The Committee is proud to announce the third annual Dining Out to be held Friday, August 6, 2004, in the Capital City Club located at 7 Harris Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $85 (before June 1) or $100 (after July 1). This price includes cocktails, a full plated dinner, and valet parking. Ticket forms are available on the Section website.

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, that the practice dates back to sixth-century England, where King Arthur’s knights held 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 officers’ 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 an atmosphere of fellowship 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.



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