General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionMagazine

Volume 15, Number 3
July/August 1999

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section News

Destination Cleveland

The Section’s 1999 Fall Meeting will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Renaissance Hotel, from Thursday, October 7, through Sunday, October 10. The meeting will offer a combination of CLE, social programs, business meetings, spouse programs, and outreach to various state and local bar associations throughout Ohio and the surrounding states.

The meeting will begin on Thursday afternoon with CLE programming on sexual harassment. On Thursday evening, Section members will attend a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where we will be joined by other bar associations and law firms. Another program, 50 Tips in 50 Minutes: 50 Websites & Gadgets for Solo & Small Firm Practitioners, will be held on Friday morning. The Leadership Summit will then be held on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

The Leadership Summit will host invitees of local and state bar associations from throughout the country where we will train leaders in working with their members. Friday night features a Section dinner, followed by Las Vegas night. Section business meetings will take place throughout the Fall Meeting.

The hotel is located in the center of town on Public Square. It is just minutes from major attractions, including The Avenue, the Flats, the Galleria Mall, Jacobs Field, Gund Arena, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Museum and Playhouse Square.

Following is a schedule of the CLE programs and social events scheduled to take place at the meeting. For more information, please contact Section staff at 312/988-5640.

Thursday, October 7

1:00-4:00 p.m. Sexual Harassment Program

7:00-11:00 p.m. Welcome Reception, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Friday, October 8

9:30 a.m.-noon 50 Tips in 50 Minutes: 50 Websites & Gadgets for Solo & Small Firm Practitioners

2:00-5:00 p.m. Multidisciplinary Practice Issues

2:00-5:00 p.m. Leadership Summit

7:00-11:00 p.m. Section Dinner/Las Vegas Night


Saturday, October 9

8:30 a.m.-noon Leadership Summit

9:00 a.m.-noon How to Open a Law Practice for Newly Admitted Lawyers

Noon-5:00 p.m. Spousal event (tentative)

10:00-11:30 p.m. Dessert Reception

Going to Trial?

Good news—a second edition of the best-selling book, Going to Trial, will be published this summer! The book has been edited and revised by noted trial attorney Dan Small, author of the Section’s recent book, Preparing Witnesses. Going to Trial prepares the lawyer for every aspect of a trial, from the initial interview and opening the file all the way through the closing argument.

New to this edition is an added chapter covering the advances in technology in the context of a litigation practice. In addition, this revised edition includes a resource guide and a diskette containing the book’s numerous forms. For more information, contact the ABA Service Center at 800/285-2221, or visit the Section’s website at

Atlanta Annual Meeting

CLE programs, social events, and Solo & Small Firm Day ’99—these are the highlights of the upcoming 1999 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

• For a look at the CLE program schedule, visit the Section’s website at

• Social events include: the Solo & Small Firm Day ’99 luncheon and awards ceremony; a Section reception and dinner; the Military Law Committee luncheon; a welcome reception co-sponsored with the Family Law Section; midnight madness with the Law Student Division; a continental breakfast for young lawyers; and the incoming chair’s reception.

• Solo & Small Firm Day ’99—S ecrets of Success: 99 Practical Tips for Getting the Work Out—will be held on Thursday, August 5, 1999, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Learn how to get your work out in an effective and time efficient manner, maximize your firm’s productivity, get organized, and handle the ethical dilemmas often presented in solo and small firm settings.

For more information about the Annual Meeting, please contact Melanie VanDoorne at 312/988-5659, or visit the Section’s website (

A Pacific Meeting

The Section’s 1999 Spring Meeting, held in Los Cabos, Mexico, on May 6-9, lived up to its promise of fun in the sun. After a vigorous series of committee business meetings and a productive Council meeting, Section members and their families kicked back by the pool, walked along the beach, toured nearby towns, went horseback riding, went snorkeling, played tennis and golf, ate guacamole, and, of course, went shopping.

The Los Cabos tennis tournament winner was John Letson of Warron, Ohio, followed closely by Karen Hindson, Tucker, Georgia; Lorraine Gunderson, Rapid City, South Dakota; and Christopher Robinson, Baltimore, Maryland, who was cheered on by his wife, Pamila Brown. Also rans included Wynn Gunderson, Mike Massie and Chuck Driebe.

The Section would like to thank The Equitable Life Assurance Society for being a corporate sponsor of the Spring Meeting.

Talk to Teens About Equal Protection

The ABA Division for Public Education is continuing to encourage law professionals, law students, teachers, and government officials to participate in its Conversations with Leaders in the Law program, "Talk to Teens about Equal Protection." This program allows lawyers to share their knowledge of the role of law in guaranteeing American freedom, thus helping teenagers realize that they have rights and responsibilities.

Young people need little prompting to talk about issues that affect their lives—dress codes, curfew, locker searches, and drug testing, to name a few. Teenagers are also fascinated by issues that are less personal but very compelling, such as the death penalty.

The Conversations with Leaders in the Law program can help lawyers plan and implement discussions in their communities, with guidelines on

• Identifying speakers.

• Selecting topics.

• Starting conversation.

• Setting the stage.

• Tips for successful conversations.

• Helpful resources.

In March, the Division announced an "Online Conversation" focusing on equal protection in high school sports. This web-based "conversation" (located at currently includes three high school sports scenarios involving equal protection issues. Start thinking about organizing a "conversation" now for the next school year. For more information, contact the Division for Public Education at 312/988-5735.

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