Volume 3, Number 3 • August 2005


The Self-Made Lawyer

By Travis Trueblood

A few years ago I left the comfort of big firm life to stake claim to my piece of American opportunity. I have not looked back since.

That is not to say that I did it on my own. I was fortunate to have the support and guidance of mentors and family in making the transition. Since my initial transition, the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division of the American Bar Association has been my largest support network.

Let GPSolo be part of the network that helps to insure your professional success.

At the ABA’s Annual Meeting this coming August 4–9 in Chicago, GPSolo will continue to equip America’s self-made lawyers with the tools they need. GPSolo will offer a full slate of continuing legal education programs dedicated to the solo and small firm practitioner.

Scheduled programs include:

  • A Historical Retrial of the Haymarket Riots
  • Clients—Finding Them, Keeping Them, and Serving Their Needs
  • Estate Planning for Lesbian and Gay Couples
  • Family Law Practical Skills Seminar
  • Bankruptcy 2005: Ethical Obligation in the Bankruptcy Court
  • Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury

America’s solo and small firm practitioners are the backbone of the legal system. With the ever-increasing trend of the megafirm, it is comforting to know that the section has your back—keeping its lawyers well prepared and connected for the challenges of today and tomorrow. Get involved and reap the benefits!

Travis W. Trueblood, LL.M. is a solo practitioner in Miramar, Florida. His practice includes Native American affairs law, litigation, real estate, and agricultural law. He can be reached at ttrueblood@legalfeather.com.

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