April 12, 2016

Jeffrey M. Allen to receive ABA solo and small firm Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, April 12, 2016 — The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division will honor Jeffrey M. Allen with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners as well as bar leaders and associations.

The award will be presented to Allen at the Solo and Small Firm Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 13, during the 2016 Joint Spring Meeting at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel in Key West, Fla.

Allen is a principal in the general practice law firm of Graves & Allen in Oakland, Calif. He focuses on negotiation, structuring and documentation of real estate and other business transactions, receiverships and civil litigation. In addition to his practice, Allen has worked as an educator for more than 40 years, teaching courses in undergraduate and graduate programs at University of California at Berkeley; California State University, East Bay; St. Mary’s College and University of Phoenix. 

Allen has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1973 and has been active in the GPSolo Division for most of that time, holding several leadership positions in the last 34 years, making him the member with the longest standing record of continuous leadership service to the division.  He has chaired many substantive and administrative committees for the division and currently serves as the editor in chief of GPSolo Magazine and the GPSolo eReport.  Allen also serves on the council of the Senior Lawyers’ Division and as a member of the editorial board for Experience Magazine and the Voice of Experience.

Allen also served on the editorial board of the ABA Journal for six years and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Technology and Information Services (SCOTIS). He continues to work with SCOTIS as the liaison for GPSolo and for the Senior Lawyers’ Divisions. Allen has accepted appointments to numerous task forces within the ABA and has served as a liaison to two drafting and one study committees of the Uniform Law Commission.

Allen has written hundreds of articles on technology and legal practice and regularly writes for several magazines, including GPSolo Magazine, Experience Magazine, the American Journal of Family Law and the GPSolo eReport. He has contributed to several books and co-authored four:  “Technology Solutions for Today’s Lawyer,” “The iPad For Lawyers,” “Tech Tips for Lawyers” and “Tech Tips for Seniors.”

With 11,390 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 www.ambar.org/gpsolo.

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