General Practice, Solo & Small Firm DivisionMagazine

Volume 17, Number 6
September 2000

From the Editor

Annual Meeting: One to Remember

BY Patrick G. Goetzinger

While you may be reading this in the cool of September, because of publishing deadlines this column was written fresh from the experience of the 2000 ABA Annual Meeting in a very temperate New York City. Sharing top billing for memorable reflections from a great week were both family activities and Section programs.

You haven’t seen New York City until you’ve been in the company of five young children (ages 12 to 5 1/2) and you haven’t been logistically challenged until you have experienced New York City with five young children in tow. Combining my family’s first visit to New York City and first Annual Meeting provided a trunkful of memories and stories. The social events, location of the hotel, and ABA Expo were planned with families in mind. After hearing "This is the best day of my life" every day times five, I’m left to wonder how many such days a child can have—and hope the answer is, as my kids would say, infinity times infinity.

Among the memorable Section programs was Solo Day, during which the award recipients recalled eloquently why we do what we do. Their comments were refreshing (see the Section News column for excerpts). Another enjoyable event was the incoming chair’s dinner for Wynn Gunderson, my partner and mentor. His wife Lorraine, and their children Chris, Lisa, Julie, and Shelly, provided great memories and recounted a few that Wynn would rather forget. Our Section looks forward to great things happening and continuing during Wynn’s term.

Making Sausage

As special issue editor of the two "Best of ABA Sections" issues of GPSolo magazine, people frequently ask me, "How do you select articles for the magazine?" My response at times is, "Do you like sausage? Don’t have me spoil it by telling you how it is made." Producing this magazine is not like that at all, but it is a more interesting answer. In fact, because of the editorial board members, ABA staff, digesters, and format of the magazine, this publication is produced very efficiently. And this magazine could not be produced at all without the authors who write the articles.

Our goal with this magazine is to publish, in a condensed format, well-written, useful articles in each of the core practice areas and from each of the entities of the ABA. With so many well-written articles to choose from, the selection process is not easy. The diverse background of our board and staff editors is called upon to decide what would appeal to our Section membership and fulfill the magazine’s goal.

This edition of GPSolo contains articles with new insights on traditional practice areas, a heads-up on new practice areas, a teaser on treasure troves, and nuts-and-bolts articles with checklists and practice tips. After reflection, the next time I get the question, my response won’t be "Do you like sausage?" Instead it will be, "Do you like good reading? Do you like good information delivered efficiently? Do you like to stay current? Enjoy the magazine! It’s better for you than sausage."

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