Division Notes

 Plan to Attend the 2006 Midyear Meeting—Free CLE!

Please plan to join us for the 2006 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago. The Division will hold activities Thursday, February 9 th, through Sunday, February 12th. Highlights include:

Friday —February 10th

  • a mini Solo Day program with three hours of programming on “Protecting Your Practice and Being Proactive Against Natural Disasters” and “Promote Professionally: Technology to Propel Your Practice Forward”
  • a Military Law Day with programming on “The Politicalization of Military Law” and an honorary luncheon
  • a joint social activity with the Young Lawyers Division (TBA)

Saturday—February 11th

  • additional CLE programs on “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Real Estate Leases” and a yet-to-be-titled Business, Bankruptcy, and Commercial Law Program

Sunday—February 12th

  • the Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus to discuss current issues of importance to our constituency

There is no registration fee for the Midyear Meeting. The Hyatt Regency Chicago, the ABA Headquarters Hotel, is where the Division’s activities will take place. You can register for the Midyear Meeting several different ways: online at www.abanet.org/midyear/2006, by fax, by mail, or onsite at the Hyatt. The advance registration deadline is January 6, 2006.

For more information on upcoming meetings and events, please visit http://www.abanet.org/genpractice/events/index.html.

 Solosez to Celebrate Its 10th Birthday

Solosez, one of the ABA’s most active and successful listserves, celebrates its 10th birthday this bar year. The listserv, now funded by the GP|Solo Division, is currently more than 1,800 members strong with an average of 150 posts daily. The Division already has plans in the works to celebrate this monumental accomplishment at the Division’s 2006 Spring Meeting in Kansas City. Read more about Solosez listserv in the recent ABA Journal article “A Birthday to Celebrate: Solosez Is More Than a Place to Get Tips—It’s Also a Community” by visiting: http://www.abanet.org/journal/redesign/11solo.html.

Announcing the 2005/2006 GP | Solo Law Student Mentoring Program

Although most mentoring programs are based on occasional meetings between seasoned practitioners and young lawyers, GP|Solo’s Law Student Mentoring Certificate Program does more. The program, aimed to fill some of the gaps of traditional law school education, focuses on introducing law students to the practical aspects of being a lawyer through real world activities and the mentor’s insight and guidance. Further, the program is flexible, enabling law students to pick their own mentors and tailor the program’s criteria to their own interests.

In completing the nation’s only law student mentoring certificate program, students will have established a strong relationship with their mentors, witnessed several legal proceedings of their choosing, and gained valuable insight to the things law school doesn’t teach. Each student who successfully completes the program earns a certificate as a token of his or her accomplishment.

All GP|Solo Law Students are eligible to participate in the program. Law students are free to choose any licensed attorney practicing any legal area in any legal setting to serve as a mentor, regardless of the attorney’s membership status with the ABA or GP|Solo. Students complete the program at their own pace, so long as all certificate materials are submitted by the April 19, 2006, deadline.

To learn more about the certificate requirements and to register for the program, please visit www.abanet.org/genpractice/lawstudents/mentoringcertificate.html.

Are You Fully Taking Advantage of Your Division Member Benefits?
Join Three Free Committees Today!

Do you know that GP|Solo Division members can join up to three committees free of charge? Committees are a great way for members to get active in the Division, including speaking and authoring opportunities. To find out more about our committees, visit www.abanet.org/genpractice/cmtees.

ABA Presidential Appointments

ABA President-Elect Karen J. Mathis will soon be seeking applications or nominations for appointed positions throughout the ABA. President-Elect Mathis, a past Chair our of Division, will be filling vacancies on the ABA Standing and Special Committees, Commissions, Working Groups, Task Forces, and other ABA entities for the 2006-2007 Association year.

As soon as more information is available, we will post more information on the Division’s website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

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