GPSolo Magazine - September 2005

Division News
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm

ABA President to Kick Off the GP|Solo Fall Meeting in Boston

Among the highlights of the 2005 Fall Meeting will be a special presentation by ABA President Mike Greco. President Greco will chair a Plenary Session on the topic “A Renaissance of Idealism in the Legal Profession.”

Fifty local law students have been invited to meet with President Greco and members of the GP|Solo Division to discuss the role they play in the future of the profession. The law students are invited to participate in a half day of CLE presented by our Division and meeting sponsors, West, the National Arbitration Forum, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, and the National Association for Law Placement. The day will end with a special Difference Maker Dinner honoring the hard work of several local attorneys whose dedication has changed the profession of law for the better. The awards ceremony and dinner will be followed by live music and dancing in the beautiful World Trade Center overlooking the harbor.

Last Chance to Register

Register today for the 2005 Fall Meeting, to be held September 29 through October 2 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the New England Bar Association. Call the Division office at 312/988-5640 or visit our website at for registration information.

2005 GP|Solo Award Winners

The following award recipients were honored at the 2005 GP|Solo Awards Dinner on August 4 during the ABA Annual Meeting.

The Solo of the Year Award was presented to Brian T. Hermanson of Ponca City, Oklahoma. The award recognizes the exceptional, meritorious achievement of a sole practitioner widely accepted by his or her peers as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way.

GP|Solo presented two Solo and Small Firm Project Awards, one to the Ohio State Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Section for “2004 Ohio Economics of Law Practice and Law Office Technology Survey” and one to the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section and Law Practice Management Section for “North Carolina Small Law Office Resource Manual, Fourth Edition (2005).” This award is designed to recognize bar leaders and associations for successful projects and the effective use of resources, regardless of overall budget.

The Solo Practitioner of Merit was awarded to Juan R. Thomas of the Thomas Group in Chicago, Illinois. This award recognizes sole practitioners throughout the country who through their efforts have shown outstanding dedication to the practice of law.

GP|Solo named three Small Firm Practitioners of Merit this year: Karen Coolman Amlong and William R. Amlong of Amlong & Amlong, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Cynthia Richardson Wyrick of Ogle, Gass & Richardson, P.C., in Sevierville, Tennessee. This award recognizes small firm practitioners throughout the country who through their efforts have shown outstanding dedication to the practice of law.

2005-2006 Diversity Fellows

The Diversity Fellows Program is designed to promote ethnic diversity within the Division, recruit members of color, and provide leadership development opportunities within the Division for members of color.

Each year the Division’s Diversity Committee and Membership Board identifies and nominates four lawyers of color to be appointed by the Chair-Elect to funded fellowship positions within the Division, effective during the following bar year. Upon completion of successful active participation in the first scholarship year, these participants will be appointed to regularly funded positions within the Division the following bar year, giving consideration to the Division’s existing needs and the par-
ticipants’ preferences based upon their first year of participation. The Division welcomes the Diversity Fellows for the 2005-2006 bar year:

Alfreda D. Coward
Coward & Coward, P.A.,
Fort Lauderdale , Florida  

Eileen Sullivan Lanterman
Deputy Legal Advocate, Maricopa County Legal Advocate,
Phoenix , Arizona

Liz Lopez
Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Division,
Somerville, Massachusetts  

Parag Patel
Parag P. Patel, Esq., P.C.,
Iselin, New Jersey





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