solo & small firm

About the Committee

Mission

Welcome to the homepage of the Solo and Small Firm Committee. Our committee's goal is to deliver the benefits and provide the resources most useful to small firm and solo litigators.

While perhaps not as noticeable to the public eye, solo and small firm litigators are the backbone of our country’s civil justice system. Our committee’s purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and resources on issues uniquely impacting the solo and small firm litigator and that will enhance the effectiveness and enjoyment of our members’ litigation practices. Our goal is to “raise the bar” by serving as a clearinghouse on the many varied matters affecting your practice, including current litigation developments, important new decisions, articles on issues of substance and procedure, ethics, technology and Section news. Our success depends upon your participation. We need your help in shaping and defining the message of our committee so all our members can benefit by learning what works for you in your litigation practice.

We encourage you to contact us to get involved.

Message from the Chairs

2018–19 Bar Year

Welcome to the Solo & Small Firm Committee page! We are delighted to chair the Solo & Small Firm Committee for the 2018–2019 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 many different packages, with different practice models, different concentrations, and different 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 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.

Our committee's website adds new content each month and our LinkedIn subcommittee page posts new content on a more frequent basis. We also post regular content through our Twitter hashtag #SoloSmallFirmLit. We use these regular updates to provide a place for you to find news of significance to the solo and small firm practitioner. 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 for announcements of these events. We are always looking for new content to post and resources to link. Contact our website editor, Kelsey Heino, with your thoughts and suggestions, and, if you would like to join the website subcommittee, let Kelsey know that as well.

In addition, we have an active newsletter. The next edition should be hitting your email inbox by Winter 2019. 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, and let Eleni know if you would like to join the newsletter subcommittee.

Also, there are several CLE seminars being planned during this bar year and each will cover a variety of topics. For example: Professional Success Summit:  Networking and Advancement for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Litigators (Nov. 14–16, 2018, in Houston, TX), Environmental & Energy, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint Seminar (Jan. 10–12, 2019, in Laguna Beach, CA); Corporate Counsel (Feb. 14–16, 2019, in San Antonio, TX); and Insurance Coverage (Feb. 27–Mar. 2, 2019, in Tucson, AZ).

And, of course, the Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference which is being held in conjunction with the General Practice Division of the ABA, will be held May 1–3, 2019, in New York City. This conference will be an excellent opportunity for solo and small firm practitioners to obtain CLE credit and to network with fellow solo and small firm litigators from across the country. Where else does that type of networking opportunity exist? No matter where your practice is located, sometime in the future, another Section member will need the services of someone like you in your city. The conference provides the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself, so when the need arises, the call will come to you.

We love 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.

Emily J. Kirk
Jackie Condella
Cochairs, Solo & Small Firm Committee

Announcements

Writers Wanted

We need writers, and who couldn't benefit from authoring an article? If you are interested in writing for the Solo and Small Firm Committee in any form—long articles, short practice points, funny, serious, anything—please contact Eleni vanRoden.

Best Content for Young Lawyers Award

Congratulations to the Solo and Small Firm Committee’s editorial team for receiving a top award at the Section of Litigation’s Fall Leadership Conference for Best Content for Young Lawyers!

Please Join Us for the Solo & Small Firm Monthly Mingle—All From the Comfort of Your Own Office

The Solo and Small Firm Committee wants to network with you!  Although one of the many benefits of ABA Membership are the relationships members forge with fellow attorneys from around the country, we know that getting to out-of-town, multiple day conferences can be tough.  As a result, the Committee will be hosting a telephonic networking group that will meet by phone every month during lunchtime, generally on the second Tuesday of the month.  The idea: join together solo and small firm practitioners from across the country in a casual setting where they can share practice tips, exchange ideas, seek assistance from one another and simply get to know one another as friends and colleagues.  If you are interested in joining this networking group, please contact cochair Emily Kirk.  We look forward to getting to know you!

2019 Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference

The 2019 Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Division CLE Conference is coming up soon: May 1–4, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City! This is the year that solo and small firm practitioners should plan to attend as much of the programming is aimed at you. The conference brings together lawyers and judges from across the United States to share in the latest in trial advocacy, litigation strategy and case management. You can pick from over 60 high quality CLE programs with top speakers and eight networking events. Visit here to sign up today!

2019 LGBT+ Forum

The 2019 LGBT+ Forum will also be held in New York City from April 30–May 1, 2019. The forum brings together LGBT+ litigators, allies, and others interested in LGBT+ legal issues for two plenary programs and three breakout sessions addressing both litigation and career-development topics. For more information, click here.

Committee Leadership

Cochairs

Emily J. Kirk
Jackie Condella

Roundtable, Webinar, and Sound Advice Subcommittees Cochair

Victoria Clark 

Membership Subcommittee Cochair and Liaison to the Solo and Small Firm Task Force

Lisa O'Connor

Web and Social Media Subcommittee Editor

Kelsey Heino

Newsletter Subcommittee Editor

Eleni vanRoden

Book Editor

Anthony Coppola