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Solo, small-firm lawyers to descend on Lexington, Ky., for ABA national conference


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Solo, small-firm lawyers to descend on Lexington, Ky., for ABA national conference

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2013 — Hundreds of solo and small-firm lawyers from the U.S. and abroad will learn about ethical issues in the use of legal technology, practice empowerment, the purchase and sale of thoroughbred horses, and the Affordable Care Act this week in Lexington, Ky. The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division will host its 8th Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference on Oct. 3-5 at the Lexington Convention Center.


Former ABA President William T. Robinson III (2011-12) will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Oct. 3, with special guest ABA President-elect William Hubbard. Networking breakfasts on Oct. 4 and 5 will feature Robert Carlson, chair of the ABA House of Delegates, and retired Judge Lewis G. Paisley. 

In addition, John M. Rosenberg, of counsel at Pillersdorf, DeRossett & Lane and emeritus director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky Inc., a legal services program serving low-income people throughout the state, will speak at the Difference Makers Awards luncheon on Oct. 4. 

The annual Difference Makers Awards program recognizes extraordinary lawyers who make a difference by breaking barriers, through community service, through pro bono work and through service to the profession. The 2013 Difference Makers Award recipients are:

·   John M. Rosenberg, Prestonsburg, Ky. (Difference Makers Award)
·   Bernice B. Donald, Memphis, Tenn. (Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers)   
·   Palmer Gene Vance II, Lexington, Ky. (Making a Difference through Community Service)  
·   Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota chapter (Making a Difference through
    Pro Bono Work)
·   Marcia Milby Ridings, London, Ky. (Making a Difference through Service to the Profession)

What:       8th Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference 

When:      Oct. 3-5 

Where:     Lexington Convention Center
                 430 W. Vine St.
                 Lexington, KY 40507

Other conference highlights include a three-tiered skills boot camp for lawyers, Kids in Need of Defense training and programs on law firm and client development, unbundling of legal services and ethical lead generation.

A complete conference schedule can be found online

With more than 22,500 members, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division 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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