October 01, 2011

General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Division News


GPSolo Ethics 20/20 Task Force Needs Your Input

The GPSolo Division would like your full participation on the various Ethics 20/20 issues related to solo and small firm lawyers. We want to provide any member of GPSolo or anyone who is interested in these issues to have the opportunity to write about and discuss their position among their colleagues. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to comment. Any ABA member can post a comment to the Discussion Board, which is located on the Task Force website. If you are not an ABA member, you can use the listserve.


GPSolo Committee Brown Bag Sessions

GPSolo’s new Committee Audio Programs (Brown Bag Sessions) are short, informal educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference. They normally last 30 to 60 minutes and are held during lunch hours. Owing to the informal nature of the programs and the fact that accompanying written materials may not always be prepared and distributed, the Division does not offer continuing legal education credits for these programs.

As a benefit to GPSolo members, recordings of this program will be posted on the Division’s website. To listen or download the audio after the program, please visit the Division website and click on the Events & CLE tab to access the information.

To confirm your attendance, please e-mail genpractice@americanbar.org. For any further information, contact Dee Lee at 312/988-5659.


GPSolo Magazine Wins APEX Award

The December 2010 issue of GPSolo magazine has won a 2011 APEX Award of Excellence in the category of Green Magazines & Journals. This Technology & Practice Guide issue, themed “The Greening of Your Law Practice,” explored how the latest technology and law practice strategies can lessen a law firm’s environmental impact—and save it money. (Check out the issue’s full contents for yourself online).

The APEX Awards for Publication Excellence Competition, a program of Communications Concepts, Inc., is now in its 23rd year. GPSolo magazine was chosen for recognition from a field of more than 3,300 entries in a variety of categories. Award winners were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and success in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

Congratulations to Special Issue Editor Jeffrey M. Allen, 2010–2011 Editor-in-Chief jennifer j. rose, and all the issue’s contributors for this well-deserved honor.


Division Bylaws Amendments Approved

At the 2011 ABA Annual Meeting, the Division membership and the ABA Board of Governors approved the request of the Division to amend its bylaws to update and conform them to current policy and practice. In pertinent part, the amendments (1) change the entity name from “General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section” to “General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division” pursuant to action of the House of Delegates in 2005; (2) define the categories of membership in the Division and outline the privileges and restrictions of each membership category; (3) clarify the succession of officers; and (4) clarify and expand provisions regarding Division elections and campaign practices. The proposed amendments were approved by the Division Council on May 14, 2011. The amended bylaws may be found on the Division’s website.


Unable to Attend the National Solo & Small Firm Conference? We’ve Got You Covered!

Didn’t have time to attend the 2011 National Solo & Small Firm Conference in person or via webcasting? Don’t worry! You can access more than 20 hours of CLE to use at your convenience online during the next 18 months. There is no reason not to participate.

Here is a quick overview of some of the CLE offerings at the meeting:

Tips in Technology • Ten Ways WordPerfect Can Make You Better, Stronger, Faster • RESPA, Dodd-Frank, and Consumer Financial Protection for Real Estate Practice • Residential Foreclosure Update • Taxes: How Do They Affect Lawyers? • Credit Scores, Credit Reporting, and the FCRA • How to Get More Clients Out of Legal Plan Participation • What Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Need to Know about the Professional Discipline System • Veterans Disability Compensation • Bankruptcy for Nonbankruptcy Lawyers • 60 Technology Tips in 60 Minutes • Setting Up a Law Office • Ethics and Internet/Website Use • Technology for the Solo or Small Office • How to Avoid Electronic Malpractice • How to Have Happier Clients • Introduction to Special Education Law.

To register for the archived programming, visit www.ali-aba.org/ct040.














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