Message from the Chairs
Welcome to the Solo & Small Firm Committee page! We are delighted to chair the Solo & Small Firm Committee for the 2020–2021 bar year. The success of the ABA and of the Section of Litigation is, in many respects, driven by the involvement of thousands of small firm lawyers across the United States. We come from communities large and small and in varied packages, with different practice models, different concentrations, and diverse backgrounds, but together, we are a large and potent voice in the bar.
It is our hope that this committee will provide a resource for you and perhaps serve as a portal to greater involvement in the Section of Litigation. To that end, we are excited about new developments from our committee that will provide greater resources for you.
The ABA Section of Litigation has placed particular emphasis on Solo & Small Firm Practitioners recently, and we hope to continue that focus and provide you with great content geared towards solo practitioners and those practicing in small firms. Our committee's website adds new content each month and our social media accounts post news of significance to solo and small firm practitioners on a more frequent basis. We are also working with other committees in the Section to provide roundtables, webinars, sound advice podcasts, CLEs, and regional meetings to our members. Please check your email and Litigation Connect for announcements of these events. We are always looking for new content to post and resources to link. Contact our website editor, Stephanie Richards, with your thoughts and suggestions or if you are interested in joining the website subcommittee.
In addition, we have an active newsletter. The next edition should be hitting your email inbox in Fall 2020. Want to write for the Committee? We would love to review your ideas and submissions for the newsletter. It is an excellent opportunity to obtain a publishing credit in a bar publication. Contact our newsletter editor, Eleni vanRoden, with your suggestions and submissions or to join the newsletter subcommittee.
There are several CLE seminars being planned during this bar year and each will cover a variety of topics. For example:
- Environmental & Energy Litigation Federal Updates Virtual CLE Program, October 14, 2020
- Women in Insurance Network Virtual CLE Program, November 5, 2020
- Virtual Corporate Counsel Seminar, February 17–19, 2021
- Professional Success Summit, March 29–31, 2021
And, of course, the Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference will be held May 5–7, 2021 in Houston (we remain optimistic that we will be able to gather there in-person).
Don’t forget one of the best Section of Litigation member benefits—free CLE programs! Taking advantage of this resource alone can justify your financial investment in the ABA and the Litigation Section each year.
We appreciate hearing from our members. Please contact us at any time with any questions or to express an interest in getting more involved.
We look forward to meeting you this year. Thank you.
Cochairs, Solo & Small Firm Committee