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Judge Jennifer A. Rymell named chair of American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division


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Judge Jennifer A. Rymell named chair of American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2013 — Judge Jennifer A. Rymell recently began a one-year term as chair of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division following the close of the ABA Annual Meeting on Aug. 13.

Rymell, who is the judge of Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, presides over a general civil litigation docket and has served on that bench since 2003. 

During her term as chair, Rymell has chosen the theme “Starting Right and Growing Strong” to give lawyers the tools to start their careers on the right path and to help all lawyers grow strong practices and networks.  

Rymell has appointed a new Solo Strong Task Force to continue the National Bar Leaders Dialogue, a conversational roundtable of solo/small firm section bar leaders from around the country.  She encourages participation in the 2015 Magna Carta Celebration and has developed a GPSolo Magna Carta 2015 Task Force to work with the ABA Magna Carta 2015 Committee and the Magna Carta 2015.

A longtime member of the ABA, Rymell has been active in several leadership positions with the Young Lawyers Division and GPSolo. She has previously served as GPSolo’s secretary, vice chair and chair-elect. She has also received ABA presidential appointments to the Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and the Standing Committee on Ethics and the Professional Responsibility Judges Advisory Committee.

Rymell currently serves as the state delegate from Texas to the ABA House of Delegates, as a member of the ABA Nominating Committee, as a member of the House of Delegates Technology and Communications Committee and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  She was recently elected as president-elect of the Texas Association of County Court at Law Judges Association.

Among her other leadership roles, Rymell has been involved with the State Bar of Texas and served as chair of the Board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, trustee for the Texas Bar Foundation, liaison to the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline and website chair for the Judicial Section. 

Rymell was named the 2004 Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas and 40 under 40 by the Fort Worth Business Press in 2005. She also received the 2012 Outstanding Judicial Alumni Award by St. Mary’s School of Law, Fort Worth Alumni Chapter.  

She earned her JD from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio.

With more than 22,500 members, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) is committed to providing unique resources exclusively for solo, small-firm and general practitioners, who represent half of the nation’s lawyers. For more information on ABA GPSolo, go to

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