March 01, 2012

GPSolo and Its Main Street Lawyers

William T. Hogan III

It is well established that solo and small firm lawyers represent 63 percent of all attorneys in the United States. Although there are many solo and small firm attorneys who are members of the American Bar Association, I doubt that this number of members represents 63 percent of all ABA members. Therein lies the quandary.

The ABA, in order to satisfy its goal of being the national platform for attorneys, must encourage and include this large group of lawyers in its membership. Without a doubt there are significant opportunities for solo and small firm lawyers within the various sections, divisions, forums, and standing committees of the ABA. However, throughout its 50-year history, the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (GPSolo) has made significant efforts to include this group of lawyers in its membership.

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