May 08, 2017

Traffic tickets, data breaches, water laws among topics at ABA GPSolo Joint Spring Meeting

CHICAGO, May 8, 2017 — Legal professionals will gather to discuss a wide range of subjects at the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s Joint Spring Meeting May 17-20 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz. 

A highlight of the three-day conference will be the presentation of Lifetime Achievement and Small Firm Trainer awards to veteran lawyers Michael P. Hurley and Jeffrey Allen, during the Solo & Small Firm Awards luncheon on Friday, May 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., in Palomino Plaza North at the hotel.

2017 Joint Spring Meeting
Sponsored by the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,
Group Legal Services Association and ABA Standing Committee on Group &
Prepaid Legal Services

May 17-20

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr.
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Program highlights include:

“Traffic Ticket Law, Coast to Coast” – This program includes discussions of federal and national compliance, safety and accountability. Attendees will learn how to set up a state traffic ticket practice; and how to create a statewide network of traffic ticket attorneys. Attendees will receive various documents and forms along with best practices for their use. Finally, this session will include time for interactive Q&A with panel experts. Thursday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Water Wars!” – Mark Twain is rumored to have said, “In the West, whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.” Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the wars of the 20th century were over oil, but the wars of the 21st century will be over water. This session will provide an overview of water law and examine aspects of that law based on current water disputes. These will include state general stream adjudications, interstate water disputes over transboundary rivers, constitutional and human rights claims on water resources, and legal conflicts over international rivers. Friday, 8-9 a.m.

“Responding to a Data Breach” – When the personal information of individuals is unexpectedly exposed by an organization, many eyes are watching. From legislators to shareholders, consumers and shoppers, to patients and students, people expect the wrong to be made right. Attendees will learn what happens if your client gets it wrong; what to do when expectation is not reality; how to give impacted individuals and interested onlookers the most confidence in a company’s ability to set things straight and reduce the likelihood of another breach; and how employee benefit choices prior to a breach can provide additional support and reduce overall employee risk. Friday, 9:15-10:15 a.m.

A complete meeting agenda can be found here.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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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