June 17, 2019 GPSolo Division News

Division Meetings

ABA 2019 Annual Meeting

August 8–10, 2019
GPSolo Headquarter Hotel - Grand Hyatt San Francisco
345 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California 94108
Registration and Housing is now open
Click here for a full listing the Division schedule

Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Lisa M. Schenck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, Director of the National Security Law Program
Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Cost: $40 per person

Join us for this bi-annual event honoring the life and legacy of Major General Keithe E. Nelson (USAF, Retired), the ninth Judge Advocate General. The winners of the SCAFL 2019 Awards will also be presented at the luncheon. Tickets can be purchased through the ABA Annual Meeting registration portal.

Happy Hour for Incoming GPSolo Chair Richard “Rick” DeMichele Jr.
Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 5:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.

Help us celebrate our incoming Chair at a special Happy Hour event. There is no ticket fee, but pre-registration is requested.

Military Lawyers Committee Dining Out
Date: Friday, August 9
Time: 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
Cost: $90 per person

The Dining Out represents the most formal aspects of military social life. It is believed the practice originated as a Viking tradition to celebrate great battles and included fine food, excellent drinks, and convivial fellowship. The custom was adopted as a formal officer event called a Dining In—or a Dining Out when guests are invited. Attire for military is semi-formal/black-tie equivalent and for civilians is black-tie optional. Tickets can be purchased through the ABA Annual Meeting registration portal. If you are not registered for the ABA Annual Meeting and will only be attending this event, you may purchase a single ticket (plus $10 service fee) using Package Code LAIT on the registration portal.

Merci, Melanie Bragg, Outgoing GPSolo Chair Dinner
Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Cost: $135 per person
Location: Café Bastille, 22 Belden Place, San Francisco, California 94104

Join us at Café Bastille, San Francisco’s finest French bistro, for a reflection and celebration of Melanie Bragg’s year as Chair of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division. Tickets can be purchased through the ABA Annual Meeting registration portal.

2019 Solo and Small Firm Summit

October 16–19, 2019
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
7100 Aviara Resort Drive
Carlsbad, California, 92011
Registration will be available at the end of July.

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 sherri.napue@americanbar.org 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!

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Date: Wednesday, October 16
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Cost: $135
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.

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
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 donovan.browning@hyatt.com or 760/603-6915 or Cesar Hernandez at cesar.hernandez@hyatt.com 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.

Golf Awards and Happy Hour, 4:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

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