August 15, 2019 GPSolo Division News

Division Meetings

2019 Solo and Small Firm Summit

October 16–19, 2019
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, California, 92011

Register here for the 2019 Solo & Small Firm Summit.

The Solo & Small Firm Summit engages and informs attorneys at all levels of practice while also bringing together members of the Division. The CLE will cover a spectrum of legal topics that address issues of law practice management. Attendance is estimated at 120 conference delegates from all practice areas coming from across the nation. This unique event provides an all-in-one environment for education, networking, exhibiting, and idea sharing.

Carlsbad is home to many major attractions in southern California including LEGOLAND® California Resort, SEA LIFE Aquarium®, the seasonal Flower Fields, K1 Speed, and more! Whether you’re going to extend your time to include a family vacation, a getaway with friends, or a couple’s retreat, you’ll find all the fun and adventure you need in Carlsbad. Check out things to do in Carlsbad, California.

We highly recommend confirming your reservation as soon as possible. Rooms are limited!

A special ABA rate of $299 single/double plus a $15 resort fee (reduced from $40 per day) has been negotiated, which includes complimentary WiFi. Occupancy tax is currently 10 percent plus $3.83 city tourism fee (subject to change). Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 5:00 P.M. CT. After the cutoff date or when the room block has been filled, available rooms will be sold at prevailing rates.

The $15 resort fee plus tax per day covers a variety of services and amenities as noted here.

To confirm a reservation, book it online at Park Hyatt Aviara or call the hotel directly at 760/448-1234 and refer to the ABA 2019 Solo & Small Firm Summit.

Individuals with guaranteed reservations must cancel their reservation 72 hours prior to the scheduled day of arrival to avoid a one-night cancellation charge.

Government Rate: A limited number of rooms have been contracted at the government rate. The government rate is available for government employees only with a valid government ID. Please contact Sherri Napue at or 312/988-5640 for details.

Networking Event Highlights
Our networking events include an opening session with John Di Domenico, an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his award-winning impersonations. We also have a welcome reception and dinner, sunset reception, diversity reception, and a scramble golf tournament. There is something for everyone!

CLE Programs

  • Solo and Small Firm Exit Strategies: 7 Step Plan for an Ethically Seamless Transition
  • What Persuades the Bench: The Judicial Perspective from Judge Advocate to Decision Maker
  • Hot Topics in Immigration: Where Do We Go from Here?
  • Securing Your Practice’s Future: Creating a Strategic Plan and the 3 Business Management Skills Critical to Your Success
  • Golf and the Law: Fun and Legal Issues

Find more information here.

Welcome Reception & Dinner
Date: Wednesday, October 16
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Cost: $135 per person
Location: Vigilucci Seafood and Steakhouse, 3878 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, California 92008

Indulge your taste buds! Located directly across from the tranquil waves of the Pacific Ocean, Vigilucci Seafood and Steakhouse lets you enjoy breathtaking views of the evening sunset while you savor the most exquisite cuisine in North County. Only certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood are served with a signature Italian flair. Transportation will be provided; the shuttle will begin boarding at 5:30 P.M. from the hotel lobby.

Diversity Reception
Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Location: Park Hyatt Aviara Hotel and Resort

This year’s opportunity to celebrate diversity is not limited to our Diversity Fellows Program. This bar year will also mark the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Our Division will not miss the opportunity to remember and celebrate this momentous event.

Scramble Golf Tournament
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Location: Aviara Golf Club, 7447 Batiquitos Drive, Carlsbad, California 92011
Golf Awards and Happy Hour: 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Cost: $159 per person includes greens fees, carts, range access, day locker access, bag storage. Gratuity is not included. Rental clubs cost $85, shoe rental $20 and must be reserved. To reserve, please contact Donavon Browning at or 760/603-6915 or Cesar Hernandez at or 760/603-6900.

Players may enter individually or as part of a team. The scramble format tournament will be followed by an awards ceremony and happy hour.

Nike Golf Shirts
Cost: $55
Purchase a Nike Golf shirt and sport the new ABA logo. Shirts are available for purchase through the main meeting registration page. Orders must be placed by September 13.

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