GPSolo Magazine Honored
Trade, Association and Business Publications International has recognized GPSolo magazine with a 2010 Tabbie Awards Honorable Mention in the category of Best Single Issue for “Bumps in the Road IV” (October/November 2009), which addressed the mental health, substance abuse, and quality-of-life challenges confronted all too frequently by lawyers (check out the full contents for yourself at Now in its seventh year, the Tabbie Awards competition recognizes editorial and design excellence among trade, association, and business periodicals worldwide. The 2010 Tabbie Awards featured nearly 500 entries, with nominations coming from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. Congratulations to “Bumps in the Road IV” issue editor James Schwartz, 2009–2010 editor-in-chief Joan M. Burda, and all the issue’s contributors for this well-deserved honor.

ABA Smart Soloing Center Is Launched
It’s an idea years in the making that is finally coming to fruition. The ABA’s Interactive Services Department—with help from the GPSolo Division’s Solo Center Task Force chaired by Jeffrey Allen—has created a new online feature for sole practitioners called the Smart Soloing Center ( Launched shortly prior to the ABA Annual Meeting, the Smart Soloing Center aggregates the ABA’s array of resources for solos, highlights news of interest to solos, and provides helpful links to resources outside the ABA. Interactive Services is working with GPSolo, the Membership and Marketing Department, ABA Publishing, and entities across the ABA to keep the content current. So drop by the Smart Soloing Center—you’re sure to find something of value.

Congratulations to 2010 Award Winners
The following award recipients were honored at the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 6, in San Francisco, California. The Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jeanne Tate of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A., in Tampa, Florida. This award recognizes exceptional achievement by solos and small firm practitioners who are widely accepted by their peers as having consistently achieved distinction and epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession. The Solo and Small Firm Project Award was presented to the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association joint project: Solo and Small Firm Conference. This award is designed to recognize bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers. West, a Thomson Reuters business, is the sponsor of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Awards.

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

  • The National Solo & Small Firm Conference, offering more than 20 CLE sessions and two plenary sessions, including three programs for young lawyers and four ethics programs
  • Welcome reception
  • Committee business meetings
  • Difference Makers Awards Luncheon co-sponsored by West, a Thomson Reuters business

GPSolo has reserved a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, September 29, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. (CST). To confirm a reservation, visit or call the hotel directly at 512/478-1111 or 888/627-8349 and mention the ABA General Practice 2010 Fall Meeting to receive the special low rate of $149 single/double. The discounted rates are available three days prior to and three days after the official meeting dates on a space-available basis.

All reservations must be guaranteed by credit card or deposit check. Individuals with guaranteed reservations must cancel their reservation by 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation charge. For more information, visit our website:

Call for Nominations of 2011–2012 Officers and Council Members
The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2010 Fall Meeting to nominate individuals for the positions of Division Vice Chair, Secretary, and Members-at-Large of the Council. In accordance with §4.4 of the bylaws, the committee will nominate five Council Members-at-Large to serve four-year terms. Minority applicants are encouraged. The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division bylaws. The questionnaires may be found on the website at Please return your completed questionnaire to the Division Office via e-mail at or via fax at 312988-5711 or mail directly to ABA, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598.

Division Leadership for 2010–2011

The Division is pleased to announce its slate of leaders for the 2010–2011 Bar Year:

Executive Committee
Joseph A. DeWoskin
Laura V. Farber
Vice Chair
Benes Z. Aldana
Jennifer A. Rymell
Immediate Past Chair
James M. Durant III
Budget Officer
H. Stanley Riffle
Revenue Development Director
John P. Macy

Division Delegates to the House
of Delegates


Williams T. Hogan III
Dwight L. Smith
Sharon C. Stevens


Council Members-at-Large

Gary L. Anderson
Richard Evangelista
Jennifer S. Hilsabeck
Kathleen J. Hopkins
G. Rawson Stevens

Board of Governors Liaison
Michelle A. Behnke
Young Lawyers Division Liaison
Matthew B. Butler
Law Student Division Liaison
Grant A. Beardsley
Young Lawyer Fellows
Joel M. Carney
Kara A. Nyquist
Diversity Fellows
Ernest Morris Jr.
Matthew Pineda
Lara Webb Trujillo
Arnettia S. Wright


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