General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division News

GPSolo Division 2010 Spring Meeting Wrap-Up

Our joint spring meeting in St. Thomas with the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Virgin Islands Bar Association featured 11 hours of CLE, including two hours on ethics topics ranging from intellectual property issues, criminal law, international business transactions, the business of law, and rainmaking. The social activities included two public service projects. Several members visited a local high school to educate students on YLD’s national project, “They Had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.” This project is designed to educate 11th- and 12th-grade students about the civil rights struggles that have occurred since the 1950s and to inspire them to become future leaders. The other public service project involved members banding together to clean up Coki Beach. The meeting ended with a sunset soiree called Carnivale located poolside and on the beach.

ABA 2010 Annual Meeting Highlights
August 5–10
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California

Don’t miss these exciting programs offered by the GPSolo Division as part of the ABA Annual Meeting this summer in San Francisco.

Solo Day: Practicing the Practice of Law, Part One
Friday, August 6, 8:30 AM–10:00 AM
This two-part program discusses the art of practicing law in a solo or small firm setting. Part one examines the nuts and bolts of setting up a law office. What computers, copiers, postage machines, and other equipment do you need, and should you buy or lease? How about software to keep track of calendars, billing, and word processing? Where should you back up your data: on-site or in the “clouds”? What staff should you hire—secretary, file clerk, paralegals—and what should you be paying in your market? How about marketing to get your name out there? And what are your malpractice insurance needs?

Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon
Friday, August 6, 12:15 PM–1:45 PM, Marines Memorial Club
This biannual luncheon, in honor of the late Keithe E. Nelson, Major General, USAF, a former Judge Advocate General of the Air Force, has become a forum for presentations by distinguished speakers on military law subjects. The event is sponsored by the Division’s Military Law Committee.

Solo Day: Practicing the Practice of Law, Part Two
Friday, August 6, 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
This two-part program discusses the art of practicing law in a solo or small firm setting. Part two focuses on basics in client and office management. How do you juggle client telephone calls, appointments, and court hearings when you are a solo and there are only 24 hours in a day? What are the best computer research tools and software to manage your practice? How do you get temporary help when needed? What do clients expect from you and how can you deliver it when you are doing all the work yourself?

Historical Trial: The Bank Robbery Trial of Patty Hearst
Friday, August 6, 2:00 PM–5:00 PM
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was caught on tape robbing San Francisco’s Hibernia Bank, along with other members of the Symbionese Liberation Army who had kidnapped her two months earlier. Was she forced into the robbery or had she joined her kidnappers? Become a lawyer for the prosecution or defense and probe the evidence with modern-day forensics and presentation technology.

Joint Reception with Section of State and Local Government Law
Friday, August 6, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM, SS Jeremiah O’Brien, berthed at Pier 45

Annual Meeting of the Division Membership
Saturday, August 7, 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
The members of the Division present at the Annual Meeting of the Division shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Binding action shall be by a majority vote of the members present and voting at the meeting.

Joint Reception with the Section of Litigation
Sponsored by LexisNexis
Saturday, August 7, 5:00 PM–6:30 PM

Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast
Sunday, August 8, 7:30 AM–9:00 AM
This annual ABA membership initiative for solo and small firm practitioners is chaired by the Division’s Vice Chair and co-chaired by its three Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates.

Solo and Small Firm Awards Recognition
There is still time to submit your nomination. The annual awards program recognizes dedication to the practice of law as general practitioners or solo or small firm lawyers. Each year the Division honors outstanding solos and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations. Recognition is given for Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, Solo and Small Firm Project Award, and Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award. West, a Thomson Reuters business, is the sponsor of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Awards.

GPSolo Division 2010 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference
October 21–23
Sheraton Austin
Austin, Texas

This year we are doing things a little differently. On Thursday committee meetings and council will meet and we will have our welcome reception later that night. Friday morning will be reserved for committees that didn’t meet on Thursday. We will then transition from the governance portion of the meeting to the conference portion with our Difference Makers Awards Luncheon (cosponsored by West, a Thomson Reuters business).

The goal of the conference is simple: to learn from one another, forge valuable business relationships, and have fun in the process. You never know when that person sitting next to you will open the door to your next opportunity. The conference will offer more than 25 CLE sessions, including several ethics program, and a Saturday morning plenary session. CLE session tracks will include “Smart Substantive Law,” “Smart Soloing,” “Smart Practice,” and an all-day “Young Lawyers Institute” on Saturday. Conference attendees will have plenty of opportunities to network at the Friday reception and at the breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Program topics include:

  • Foreclosures and Short Sales
  • Bankruptcy for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers
  • Mexican Law
  • Planning for Your Future
  • Setting Up a Law Office, Part 1 & 2
  • E-Discovery
  • Marketing, Web Design, and Social Media
  • Recent Trends in Maintaining Ethical Standards in Marketing Law Practices
  • Helping Other Attorneys in Need Without Putting Yourself at Risk
  • Effective Use of Microsoft Outlook
  • 60 Tech Tips in 60 Minutes
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