ABA Smart Soloing Center
The American Bar Association has launched the Smart Soloing Center (, an online resource that is the latest in the ABA’s growing portfolio of products and services designed for sole practitioners. The center aggregates content from across the ABA’s website and a host of Internet sources. It includes:

  • The Solo Blog Network, featuring posts from some of the most insightful lawyers who are writing about the joys and challenges of solo practice.
  • Articles drawn from dozens of the ABA’s substantive law magazines.
  • The most popular discussions from SoloSez, the ABA’s free e-mail discussion list for sole practitioners.
  • The latest news about solos and small firms from the daily feed of the ABA Journal.
  • Links to a wide variety of websites for solos.

The GPSolo Division’s Solo Center Task Force, headed by Jeffrey Allen, was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. Visit the Center and see all it has to offer.

GPSolo 2010 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference
GPSolo Division Chair Joseph A. DeWoskin will welcome solo and small firm attorneys from across the United States to Austin, Texas, October 21 to 23, for the Division’s 2010 Fall Meeting and the National Solo & Small Firm Conference. Chaired by Vicki Levy Eskin, the conference will feature tracks dedicated to Smart Substantive Law, Smart Soloing, and Smart Practice, with speakers hailing from Waukesha and Guadalajara and points in between. Highlights for Thursday include the GPSolo Council Meeting and a Welcome Reception at Threadgill’s World Headquarters (adjacent to Armadillo World Headquarters). The schedule on Friday will feature the GPSolo Difference Makers Awards Luncheon (see below) and the kickoff reception for the National Solo & Small Firm Conference that evening. The conference ends on Saturday afternoon with a closing plenary session: “60 Tips in 60 Minutes.” The Division would like to thank the ABA Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services/API Board for joining us at the meeting.

2010 GPSolo Difference Makers Award Winners
Congratulations to our 2010 Difference Makers Award winners, who will be honored at the Difference Makers Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 22, as part of the 2010 Fall Meeting in Austin, Texas. The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who “made a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations.

  • The award for Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession will be presented to Richard Pena of Austin, Texas. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who has made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession, such as frequent activities in bar associations, committees, and services.
  • The award for Making a Difference Through Community Service will be presented to Roger Braden of Edgewood, Kentucky. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service.
  • The award for Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers will be presented to Hon. Matthew J. Perry Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke down barriers regarding gender, color, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • The award for Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work will be presented to the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, a joint program of the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas. This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.
The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.  


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