Message from the Chairs
Welcome to the Solo & Small Firm Committee page! We are delighted to chair the Solo & Small Firm Committee for the 2019-2020 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.
This last year the ABA Section of Litigation put a particular focus on Solo & Small Firm Practitioners, 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 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 and ABA Connect 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 in Spring 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, and let Eleni know if you would like 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:
- Women in Litigation Joint CLE Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on November 13-15, 2019
- Environmental & Energy, Mass torts, and Products Liability Joint CLE Program will be held in Snowmass Village, Colorado, on January 29-31, 2020
- Corporate Counsel Seminar will be held in Carlsbad, California, on March on February 13-15, 2020
- Insurance Coverage Litigation Seminar will be held in Tucson, Arizona, on March 4-7, 2020
And, of course, the Section of Litigation Annual CLE Conference will be held May 6-8, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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
Cochairs, Solo & Small Firm Committee