April 02, 2019

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division News

Call for Nominations: 2011 Solo and Small Firm Awards

Each year the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division honors outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations, at the Division’s annual Solo and Small Firm Awards Ceremony held at the Spring Meeting. Awards are given in the following categories:

Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes attorneys who have wide acceptance as having significant lifetime distinction as solo or small firm practitioners. These attorneys are viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Solo and Small Firm Project Award is designed to reward bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

Winners will be honored at the ABA GPSolo 2011 Spring Meeting’s Solo and Small Firm Awards Ceremony to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 13, 2011, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. For a list of past winners, please visit our website.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2011, or submitted by e-mail or fax by that date. To apply for a solo and small firm award, please e-mail genpractice@americanbar.org, call 312/988-5711, or visit our website.

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division Awards Program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.

2011 ABA GPSolo Spring Meeting

May 12–14
Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Don’t forget to register for the ABA GPSolo Division’s Spring Meeting, co-sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Meeting highlights include on Thursday, May 12, a welcome reception at the St. Louis Zoo; on Friday, May 13, committee meetings, the Solo and Small Firm Awards Ceremony, a networking event, and hospitality suite; and on Saturday, May 14, committee meetings, Division Council Meeting, and hospitality suite.

ABA GPSolo has reserved a number of rooms at a reduced rate, available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at 5:00 pm (CST). To receive the special room rate of $169, which includes complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, please contact the hotel directly at 314/881-5800 and identify yourself as an ABA GPSolo attendee. It is recommended that you confirm your reservation early in order to guarantee your preferred dates. Please check with the hotel to confirm the cancellation policy for individual guest room reservations.


Legal technology has become an essential aspect to legal careers, and for 25 years, ABA TECHSHOW has shown how technology can improve the way you practice law. Join us April 11–13, 2011, in Chicago for our silver jubilee as we celebrate our 25th year of bringing lawyers and technology together.

The standard registration for ABA TECHSHOW costs $1,025, but members of the ABA GPSolo Division pay only $875. Register online or download a registration form; be sure to include Event Promoter Discount Code EP1120 to receive the special rate.


Call for Applications: Diversity and Young Lawyers Fellowships

We are pleased to announce the sponsorship of four Diversity Fellowships and two Young Lawyers Fellowships in the Division during the 2011–2012 Bar Year. Applications and nominations must be received by March 31, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified after the Division’s Spring Meeting in May. For more information about these fellowship programs, visit our website.

GPSolo Committee Leadership Appointments,  2011–2012

It is that time of year again for the Division’s Chair-Elect to appoint members to the numerous committees within our Division. The GPSolo Division is the voice of solo and small firm practitioners, as well as general practitioners throughout the country. Our committee work is the lifeblood of the Division. The Division is looking for individuals willing to step up to the plate and volunteer to provide content, product, and ideas that will be able to assist the solo and small firm lawyer in your community and elsewhere.

If you are interested in getting involved and doing something good for the legal community, please visit the Division’s website and complete the online application. You must be a member of the Division in order to receive an appointment. There is no guarantee that you will receive your first appointment request. However, we will attempt to do whatever we can to fulfill your appointment and committee preferences. The application deadline is March 31, 2011.

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