Section News


In This Issue’s Section News:


Captain William E. Brown

Olu A. Stevens

Edd Vasquez

Now Accepting Applications for the
2004–2005 Diversity Fellows Program

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s Diversity Fellows Program is designed to promote ethnic diversity within the Section, recruit members of color, and provide leadership development opportunities within the Section for members of color.

The Section’s Diversity Committee and Membership Board identifies and nominates three lawyers of color who will be appointed by the Chair-Elect to funded fellowship positions within the Section, effective during the following bar year. Upon completion of successful active participation in the first scholarship year, these participants will then be appointed to regularly funded positions within the Section the following bar year, giving consideration to the Section’s existing needs and the participants’ preferences based upon the first year participation.

This year’s Diversity Fellows are Captain William E. Brown of Atlanta, GA; Olu A. Stevens of Louisville, KY; and Edd Vasquez of Washington, DC. Other former Fellows include George Johnson, Amy Lin Meyerson, Laura Farber, Jeannie Hong, Leslye M. Huff, Charlene L. Usher, Major James M. Durant III, Richard M. Macias, and Judy A. Toyer.

For more information on the Diversity Fellows Program and to fill out our online application, please visit

Applications are due by May 7, 2004.

Call for Award Nominations

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its 2004 Awards Program recognizing dedication to the practice of law as general practitioners or solo/small firm lawyers and also the bar associations and bar leaders working to meet their needs. Available awards include:


  • Donald C. Rikli Solo Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sole Practitioner of the Year Award
  • Annual Sole Practitioner Merit Award
  • Annual Small Firm Practitioner Merit Award


  • GP Solo and Small Firm Project Award is designed to award bar leaders and associations for their successful projects.
  • Annual Bar Leader Award recognizes the significant contributions of a current or past bar leader of a general practice, solo practice, or small firm entity.

For a complete description of the awards and application process, please visit our awards homepage found at

Applications are due by April 30, 2004.

2004 GP/Solo Section Spring Meeting

ABA GPSolo Section Chair William Hogan invites you to join us for what will truly be a most memorable meeting from April 21–25, at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort located at the foothills of the Superstition Mountains outside of sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The Section will be presenting our Lifetime Achievement—Difference Maker Award to the esteemed General E. E. Anderson. Highlights of the meeting will include an Opening Session on Thursday and the Difference Makers Dinner on Friday, both of which will include significant military guests and addresses by ABA President-Elect Robert J. Grey, Jr. In addition, the Section will be holding numerous committee meetings, hosting a golf tournament, implementing the Section’s public service project—Tolerance Through Education—at a local school, and enjoying a tour of the “Junior Grand Canyon” at a Dolly Steamboat Dinner. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!

( Did we mention most of the rooms at the Resort have their own hot tubs and that the Resort’s golf course was rated as the #1 public golf course in Arizona? Rooms/casitas start at $122!)

For more information and to register for this meeting, please visit

Save the Date: 2004 Atlanta Annual Meeting Passport

ABA 2004 Annual Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia
August 5–8, 2004
Omni Hotel at CNN Center

The GP|Solo Section is pleased to announce the availability of Section Passports!
Passports include admission the Section’s Friday CLE programs as well as to all LPM and Litigation Section CLE programs at no additional cost!
( Admission to Solo Day excluded.)

$150 for Section Members
$175 for non-Section members
$100 YLD, govt. and judges
$0 law students

For more information and to buy a GPSolo Passport, please visit

Save the Date: SOLO DAY 2004—August 5th
While in Atlanta Be Sure Not to Miss . . .
Solo Day 2004

“We Are a Team: 99 Tips for Maximizing Your Potential”

Solo Day is a half-day program featuring CLE designed specifically for the sole practitioner. Solo Day 2004 includes informative sessions on marketing for solos, avoiding trouble by making your malpractice carrier a part of your team, and teaming with other attorneys WITHOUT losing your clients.

All Solo Day attendees will receive a copy of “We Are a Team”: 99 Tips for Maximizing Your Potential—A list of 99 of the best tips from the Solo Day Program.

Join us after the program for the GPSolo Section’s Diversity Committee Reception.

Price Information
$125.00, includes copy of Thomas Kane's Letters for Lawyers.
$ 75.00 without the book

For more information on registering for the meeting and purchasing Passports or Event Tickets please visit:

GP/Solo Section Young Lawyers Page

Don’t forget to bookmark the Section’s Young Lawyers Welcome Page! Our Page provides a wealth of resources at your fingertips—from finding out more about the Section’s benefits, to highlighting recent New Lawyer articles, to providing book suggestions on topics relevant to your level of practice.
Please visit the Young Lawyers Page at


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