GPSolo Magazine - April/May 2006

Ready Resources in the Law of Learning

Searching for additional resources on learning or education law? Take a look at the ABA publications below, and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GP|Solo Division, the ABA, and others. To order any of the books listed below, call the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221 or visit our website at

McElhaney’s Trial Notebook, Fourth Edition
By James W. McElhaney (ABA Section of Litigation; 2005; PC 5310348; $64.95)

Expanded, updated, and revised by the author, this new edition includes 90 chapters that cover everything from discovery through rebuttal and provides you with techniques, tactics, and strategies for every stage of trial.

Letters for Litigators: Essential Communications for Opposing Counsel, Witnesses, Clients, and Others
By Daniel L. Small and Robin Page West (ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division; 2004; PC 5150291; $80; GP|Solo member price $65)

As electronic communication via quick e-mails and voice mail becomes the norm, and paper letters the exception, it becomes increasingly important not to lose sight of the importance of documenting the file and maintaining a professional tone. The letters contained in this volume (also included on CD-ROM) simplify and expedite this effort, whether they are sent in paper form or via e-mail. Don’t reinvent the wheel; start with these letters instead.

Learning Curves: Education Advocacy for Children in Foster Care
By Kathleen M. McNaught (ABA Center on Children and the Law and the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues; 2004; PC 5490441; $15.95)

This book is a culmination of an article series that appeared in ABA Child Law Practice, addressing such topics as general education advocacy strategies, education rights and key federal laws, special education process, and the educational needs of young children.

Letters for Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Prospects, and Others, Second Edition
By Thomas E. Kane (ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division; 2004; PC 5150290; $80; GP|Solo member price $65)

Communication with clients has never been more important. The second edition of this publication contains numerous communication tools, including business letters, announcement cards, invitations, survey forms, response cards, press releases, and thank-you notes. For added convenience, all letters are included on CD-ROM.

GP|Solo Division Links

GP|Solo Law Trends & News practice area e-newsletter archive offers valuable tips and information to keep you on top of your game:

Solosez, an e-mail discussion list for solo attorneys, is another great way to keep up with the latest developments:

West LegalEdcenter offers special discounts to Division members for online CLE:

Midyear 2006 CLE materials from the Division are available at

Research resources for the solo, small firm practitioner, and general practice lawyer have been collected at

Other Links from the ABA and Beyond

ABA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education:

American Law Institute - American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education:

Special Education Law Blog, which discusses case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal statutes and regulations, as well as insight and sometimes humor from Charles P. Fox, a Chicago, Illinois, lawyer who is also a parent of a child with special needs:



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