GPSolo Magazine - March 2006

Division News
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm

2006 Spring Meeting

“A Celebration”
May 3-7, 2006
The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City , Missouri
This meeting marks the 20th anniversary of GP|Solo Spring Meetings and the tenth anniversary of the Solosez listserve. The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, located within the exclusive Plaza shopping and dining district, will serve as the backdrop for this important meeting. The room rate for conference attendees is $159. Event highlights include:

Thursday, May 4

Opening Reception at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The Kansas City Host Committee invites you to join them for an evening of good food, jazz music, and mingling among friends at the historic Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Attendees will have access not only to the NLB Museum, which tells the whole story of the Negro Leagues, from the superlative athletes to the loyal fans who sustained the leagues through several decades, but also to the adjacent American Jazz Museum. We also will have a very special VIP guest joining us: John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil. Buck O’Neil was a first baseman and manager of the Kansas City Monarchs from 1937 to 1955 and later became the first African American coach in the Major Leagues, with the Chicago Cubs. Today Buck chairs the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Board of Directors and serves on the Veterans’ Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Friday, May 5

Plenary Session led by ABA President-Elect Karen Mathis
Karen Mathis, ABA President-Elect and former GP|Solo Chair, will discuss her Presidential Initiative with the conference attendees.

Business Luncheon
After attending the morning’s plenary session, CLE programs, and committee meetings, please join us for a luncheon featuring Brigadier General Kevin Sandkuhler as our guest speaker.

Division Dinner at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Join us for a night to remember as we gather to honor our country’s military lawyers at one of Kansas City’s finest museums. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is home to a growing permanent collection, including the Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, which includes works by such artists as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Willem de Kooning. Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Lt. Col. (USAR) Cynthia Rapp, Deputy Clerk of the Supreme Court, who will also be conducting a swearing-in ceremony at the event.

For more information on upcoming meetings and events, please visit

Diversity Fellows Applications Now Being Accepted

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.

The Division’s Diversity Committee and Membership Board identifies and nominates four lawyers of color who will be appointed by the Chair-Elect to funded fellowship positions within the Division, effective during the following Bar Year. Upon completion of successful active parti-cipation in the first scholarship year, these participants will then be appointed to regularly funded positions within the Division the following Bar Year, giving consideration to the Division’s existing needs and the participants’ preferences based upon their first year’s participation.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 28, 2006. Find out more and apply to the Diversity Fellows program on our website at

National Conference on Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities

May 22-23, 2006
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington , D.C.

American Bar Association President Michael Greco, the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will host the first National Conference on Employment of Lawyers with Disabilities. Dick Thornburgh, former attorney general of the United States and governor of Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker on the first evening. Conference topics include:

• Is Disability Diverse or Just Different?

• Does It Pay to Hire Lawyers with Disabilities?

• Best Practices in Law Firms

Download information about the conference at






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