June 17, 2019 GPSolo Division News

Division Announcements

Official Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division hereby provides notice of the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership, which will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 8:00 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. The Division will elect its 2019–2020 Secretary and five Council Member-at-Large seats and vote on the proposed bylaws revisions as provided in the following notice.

Notice of Bylaws Revisions

The ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division hereby provides notice of its intent to change its bylaws, which will be considered and, hopefully, approved by its membership at the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership (see above). In addition, the ABA Board of Governors will also consider and, hopefully, approve the changes. The Division’s Council approved the proposed bylaws changes at its Spring Meeting on May 4, 2019.

The changes include allowing the Budget Officer to be a voting member; outlining the term of the Budget Officer, which will be three Association years, beginning with the adjournment of the Annual Meeting one year after the Budget Officer is elected (at the adjournment of the Annual Meeting in which the Budget Officer is elected, he/she shall serve as Budget Officer-Elect unless such person has previously served as Budget Officer, in which case his/her term shall commence immediately after the adjournment of the Annual Meeting in which he/she is elected); and allowing the Secretary in his/her sole discretion to excuse a Council Member-at-Large’s absence from a meeting of Council upon written prior request and for good cause. Please e-mail gpsolo@americanbar.org with any questions or concerns regarding these changes.

GPSolo Division Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates Election

The 2019–2020 Division Council will elect two new Division Delegate seats to fill a vacant one-year term, which will conclude at the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting, and to fill a three-year term, which will conclude at the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting. The election will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 12:15 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Grand Hyatt. Nominations must be received by the Division Secretary, Stephen J. Curley, by July 26, 2019, via e-mail at gpsolo@americanbar.org. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.

2019 Difference Maker Awards

The GPSolo Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers and through community service, pro bono work, and service to the profession.

Nomination Application

Frequently Asked Questions

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE AUGUST 22, 2019

Difference Maker. This award honors a deserving individual who is an attorney or non-attorney: (a) who has made a difference in the local community and (b) who lives in the local geographic area where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.

Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who broke barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

Making a Difference Through Community Service. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service (not necessarily through bar work or pro bono work per se).

Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work. This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged (i.e., recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work).

Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession (e.g., frequent activities in bar associations, committees, and services).

GPSolo Discounts

Solo Practice University®

Solo Practice University® offers GPSolo members an exclusive discount on tuition when they enroll here. Solo Practice University® is the only online educational and professional networking community designed to help lawyers and law students create and build their solo and small firm practices. 

Together We Served

Together We Served is a free online community for veterans in all service branches to document their military career from boot camp to separation. Also, veterans can connect with their comrades.

GPSolo Podcasts

GPSolo's Brown Bag and Hot Off the Press podcasts are recorded as live teleconference calls and available as podcast recordings for GPSolo members at no additional cost! The Brown Bag Series features presentations on timely legal topics and is recorded on the second Wednesday of every month. The Hot Off the Press Series features a GPSolo book presented by the author and are recorded the third Wednesday of every other month.

Join us for our upcoming live podcasts or check out our podcast library.

Brown Bag Series
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Central

Hot Off the Press Series
Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Central

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