Building on the momentum from our prior years, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division will be continuing many of our successful practices, programs, and pro bono activities while initiating some new ones during the upcoming bar year.
The theme for the GPSolo 2014–2015 Bar Year is R.O.I.
Re-examine your practice (“Think Forward”);
Outfit yourself with skills and tools (“Starting Right and Growing Strong”); and
Initiate something in your practice and life.
Under this R.O.I. theme, we plan to have programming next year focused on getting individual attorneys back to work. The ABA reports that there are currently more than 1.2 million licensed attorneys in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that approximately 600,000 attorneys were working as lawyers in May 2012. Based on these numbers, more than half a million individual licensed attorneys are not employed or actively practicing law. GPSolo will continue to provide resources, programming, and other information to assist individual attorneys who are seeking to get back into the practice of law and become active in the legal profession.
Additionally, we intend to focus on programs and events for winning new business for solo and small firm practitioners, while playing a key role in implementing ABA initiatives such as addressing the “justice gap” and providing legal services to low-income military personnel.
We will have opportunities to re-examine our practices and outfit ourselves with new skills and tools during our networking opportunities, brown bag sessions, CLE programs, stand-alone meetings, and other GPSolo activities.
R.O.I. stands for our commitment to make sure that everyone (members, sponsors, partnering entities, and others) involved in GPSolo gets a huge return on their investment (e.g., money, time, efforts) through their participation in our Division. We welcome your comments and suggestions to aid us in honoring this commitment.