September 01, 2012

The Chair's Corner: Moving Solos Forward

Benes Z. Aldana

At the ABA Annual Meeting in August, the House of Delegates approved our proposal to reshuffle our name from “General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division” to “Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.”

Why the name change? When examining the GPSolo Division’s current role and potential future role, we realized that the Division appears to have an identity problem. On the one hand, the Division is not a substantive law–based entity. Although we provide substantive law training and are home to members who are experts in their respective fields, it seems that attorneys turn to the ABA’s substantive law sections—as well as state and local bar association resources—to meet their substantive law needs. On the other hand, the ABA Law Practice Management Section exists solely for the support and management needs of attorneys. Accordingly, the Division felt that serving as the premier resource for practice management would be difficult to achieve and was also different than the historical role of GPSolo. Thus, it seems that GPSolo tends to be in a middle ground, stuck between a substantive law role and a practice management role.

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