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Law Trends & News

Practice Area Newsletter

American Bar Association - Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice

Summer 2009

Vol. 5, No. 4

Chair's Note

Dear Division Member:

Below is the fourth issue of Law Trends for the 2008–09 bar year. As always, this is a very exciting issue, and I am very happy to present it to you. As with prior issues, this publication is designed to help simplify your practice by including articles, checklists, and other valuable practice information and practical tips.

In this issue, there are portions of newly published books, one about giving representation and counseling to nonprofit religious organizations, and the other about presenting a claim for a patent infringement. These books not only cover most issues attorneys will face in this kind of representation but also have many forms an attorney will need in that representation. Click through to take a look at the topics in these books; if you like what you see, you can immediately purchase them.

With this issue, Law Trends is now completing its fifth year and is certainly a member benefit. We hope you agree that with each edition, Law Trends continues to provide meaningful articles for you, and that this edition, like the others, helps you in your daily practice. I encourage you to take just a few moments to read the list of articles included below. Of course, it is yours to download and keep as a reference for the future. And, as in the past, you can either download specific articles, or you may download the entire newsletter by clicking the PDF PDF link.

There are many Division members integrally involved in putting this publication together. Their hard work and dedication are certainly present. I thank them for producing another fine year of Law Trends for the Division. Each of the assistant editors did a fine job. Without their superb efforts, none of this would be possible.

I hope each of you enjoys this issue of Law Trends. Next bar year, the publication will continue quarterly, and we hope you continue to find it a source of valuable information. If you are interested in either writing an article or participating in the production of the newsletter, please contact Jim Schwartz at Jim has been the editor since its launch five years ago and will continue as editor next year. I thank him for his work as well.

I hope to see you at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago!
Best regards,

Robert A. Zupkus
Chair, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division

Letter from the Editor

Dear Division Member:

I have been editor of Law Trends since its founding. We are now completing our fifth year as a publication. In that time, we have strived to bring you timely and helpful articles and checklists—all to help you in your daily practice. This year, we added two areas: Practice Management and a Young Lawyers Section. I am proud of the quality of articles and tips in both areas, and I hope you enjoyed them as well.

For a publication like Law Trends to excel, the people working on its behalf must be a dedicated group of volunteers. To be sure, I have had the extreme pleasure of benefiting from the efforts of such a group this year. And so, with this being our final edition of Law Trends for this bar year, I want to take this opportunity to thank the men and women from the Division who have volunteered their time and worked on Law Trends throughout the year. They are as follows:

Assistant Editors:

Kathleen Hopkins, Henry DeWoskin, John Carr, Jennifer Hilsabeck, Travis Cushman, Noah Davis, Linda Holder, Charles Lamb, Jay Ray, Randi Whitehead, and Arnettia Wright

Lastly, I also want to recognize Tom Campbell and Susan Wilson of the ABA staff. Without both of them, none of this would be possible. Their dedication and zeal can be seen in the product delivered to you, and I sincerely want to say thank you to both of them for a job very well done.

Without everyone’s incredible help and assistance, none of this would have been possible. I again congratulate each and every one of them and look forward to their continued help next year.

Very truly yours,

Jim Schwartz

Family Law

Business Law

Featured Author

 John J. Paschetto is a partner in the business and tax section of Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, in Wilmington, Delaware. His practice focuses on governance issues faced by Delaware corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships. He also serves on the committee of the Delaware State Bar Association responsible for proposing amendments to the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act, and the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act. John can be reached at or 302-571-6608.


Real Estate

Featured Author

 Kyle Branum practices in real estate and business at Riddell Williams, P.S., in Seattle, Washington. He has extensive experience in real estate transactions. His real estate practice focuses on real estate purchase and sale transactions, commercial leasing, financing, construction and design, and condominium and mixed-use development. Kyle counsels clients in a broad range of business transactions, including business formations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt financings, and professional practice acquisition.
In addition to practicing law, Kyle is active in the community and with local bar association. He has served as vice president (2005), president (2006), and trustee (2007) of the East King County Bar Association. He can be reached at or 206-389-1671.

Practice Management

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GP|Solo Division Chair Robert A. Zupkus
Practice Area Division Director Elio F. Martinez
Law Trends & News Editor James Schwartz
Assistant Editors John Carr, Travis Cushman, Noah Davis, Henry DeWoskin, Jennifer Hilsabeck, Linda Holder, Kathleen Hopkins, Charles Lamb, Jay Ray, Randi Whitehead, Arnettia Wright

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