December 01, 2020

Ethical considerations amid pandemic highlighted at virtual ABA 2020 GPSolo Winter Summit

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 — The state of U.S. small firms and ethical considerations amid COVID-19 are highlights of the ABA 2020 GPSolo Winter Summit, Dec. 8-11, held in virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What:  
2020 GPSolo Winter Summit, sponsored by
ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

When: 
Dec. 8-11

Where:
Online

A highlight of the meeting is the GPSolo Difference Makers Awards presentation at 2-3 p.m. ET Friday. The Difference Makers Awards program recognizes extraordinary lawyers who make a difference by breaking barriers through community service, pro bono work and service to the profession.

The 2020 Difference Makers Award recipients are:

  • Louis J. Boston, Jr., Kensington, Maryland (Making a Difference through Service to the Profession)
  • Phyllis W. Kotey, Miami (Difference Maker)
  • Anthony C. Musto, Hallandale Beach, Florida (Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work)
  • Harold F. Pryor Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers)
  • Veronica L. Robinson, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Making a Difference through Community Service)

Meeting highlights include:

“The State of U.S. Small Law Firms: Many Challenges, Many Opportunities” In its annual State of U.S. Small Law Firms report, Thomson Reuters takes a close look at the challenges that small law firms are facing today. In this session, the report’s chief author, Bill Josten, will highlight the key findings, including strategies that have helped lead small law firms to success. Among the topics covered:

  • How are small law firm leaders performing in terms of balancing practicing law with managing the business?
  • What role is technology playing in this optimization, and are small firm leaders leveraging it appropriately?

1-2 p.m. ET, Wednesday

“Tips and Ethical Consideration for Practicing Law in the Time of COVID” — While travel restrictions and stay-home orders may make the world feel like it’s retreating to the Stone Age, it has actually been a period of rapid technological evolution. In this program experts will explore technology that enables lawyers to practice in this new virtual world including equipment, software, platforms such as Zoom and more that may aid in the way lawyers connect and interact with clients, colleagues and the court. Speakers will also review the ethical obligations and considerations that go hand-in-hand with these tools.

1-2 p.m. ET, Thursday

A complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or Jennifer.Kildee@americanbar.org.

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