GPSolo Magazine - October/November 2006

Division News
General Practice, Solo and Small Firm

2006-2007 Young Lawyer Fellows Program

As part of its commitment to increasing the participation of young lawyers in its activities, the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce the Young Lawyer Fellows Program. This new program will provide young lawyers the opportunity to become actively and integrally involved in the Division’s meetings and committees.

The Division’s Young Lawyers Committee identifies and nominates two young lawyers who are appointed by the Chair-Elect to funded fellowship positions within the Division, effective during the following bar year. Upon completion of successful active participation the first scholarship year, these participants are then 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 selected Fellows are appointed to the Young Lawyers Committee and serve as Issue Editors for the Division’s New Lawyer e-newsletter. The Fellows are also expected to complete a substantive project for the Division. Each Fellow will be paired with a mentor. The Fellows will be expected to remain active in the Young Lawyers Division (unless aged out), join the Young Lawyers Division GP|Solo Committee, and assist the Young Lawyers Division Liaison with recruitment at YLD meetings.

The Division welcomes the Young Lawyer Fellows for the 2006-2007 bar year: Robert S. Spoja, of Lewistown, Montana, and Beth E. Abraham, of New Orleans, Louisiana.

GP|Solo Division Leaders Take Highest ABA Offices

Congratulations to ABA President Karen J. Mathis

Former GP|Solo Division Chair Karen J. Mathis became President of the ABA on August 8, 2006. President Mathis, a Denver lawyer, is the third woman and the first lawyer from Colorado to head the nation’s largest association of lawyers. During her speech to the ABA House of Delegates in Honolulu, President Mathis said she would focus on mobilizing lawyers to help America’s at-risk youth and on creating ways to help baby boom lawyers do meaningful volunteer service as they enter active retirement. Mathis also said she would work to promote the rule of law internationally during her one-year term.

President Mathis was Chair of the GP|Solo Division in 2002-2003 and, among other things, instituted the Division’s Difference Makers Program, which pays tribute to outstanding lawyers who have made a difference in the lives of fellow citizens, particularly, although not exclusively, by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people regardless of sexual orientation.

For more information about President Mathis and her initiatives, please visit the ABA President’s homepage:

Congratulations to ABA House of Delegates Chair Laurel G. Bellows

GP|Solo Division Council Member Laurel G. Bellows took office as Chair of the ABA’s House of Delegates (HOD) at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in Hawaii. HOD Chair Bellows, a Chicago lawyer, is the first person from Illinois to be elected to an association-wide office since 1975. The HOD is the ABA’s policy-making body, and the two-year post of Chair is the second-highest elected office in the organization.

HOD Chair Bellows formerly served as the ABA Board of Governors’ liaison to the GP|Solo Division and later became an elected Council Member of the Division in 2004. She will continue to serve on the Council until her seat is up for election in 2008.

For more information about HOD Chair Bellows and the House of Delegates, please visit her Chair’s homepage:


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