Vol. 29 No. 1


GPSolo Magazine Is Now Bimonthly

Starting with this issue, GPSolo magazine will publish six times a year: January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, and November/December. The contents of the magazine have also been rearranged. Each issue will now feature technology-related material previously restricted to the two Technology and Practice Guide issues, as well as the digested reprints previously found only in the two Best of ABA Sections issues. These changes will ensure that every print issue of GPSolo delivers the content you need in a uniform, convenient, easy-to-navigate publication. We hope you will enjoy the changes.


Missed the Conference? Don’t Worry!

Did you miss the ABA GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference in Denver this past October? Not to worry, at you can still view and get CLE credit (if your state allows) for all of the programming that was there. And we have a great deal for you:

60-minute sessions: $59
90-minute sessions: $79

Plus we have four programs that are FREE:

  • Immigration Hearings 101: A Complete Tool Kit for Representing Children in Immigration Court—Part 1
  • Immigration Hearings 101: A Complete Tool Kit for Representing Children in Immigration Court—Part 2
  • The Changing Face of the Legal Profession: How Commoditization and Specialization Is Permanently Altering the Practice of Law
  • Leveraging Technology for More Efficient ADR

Don’t miss the great programming and great price! For a complete listing, visit


Nominating Committee Report

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Nominating Committee, consisting of Chair Chauntis T. Jenkins, Jeffrey Allen, Richard A. DeMichele Jr., Alan A. Fowler, and Patricia A. Sexton, submitted the following slate for the election of officers and council members for the 2012–2013 Bar Year.

For the position of Division Secretary, the Committee nominates Stephen B. Rosales of Belmont, Massachusetts. Rosales is a sole practitioner in Belmont, with a general practice in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, estate planning, estate administration, elder law corporate matters, and probate litigation. Rosales attended his first Division meeting in 1992, and his first appointment was as the Young Lawyers Division liaison in 1993. He has faithfully served the Division in numerous capacities, including, but not limited to, member of Council for six years, Nominating Committee member, Co-Chair of Corporate Sponsorship Committee, and Long Range Planning Committee member. Rosales has been honored as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2010 and 2011 and received the Rotarian of the Year Award.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Melanie D. Bragg of Houston, Texas. Bragg has a sole practice and shares office space with a family law boutique firm in Houston. She performs court appointments and agreed ad litem work in all the courts ranging from mediator, special commissioner, parenting coordinator, and ad litem. She also handles civil cases, juvenile cases, and real estate property valuations. Bragg attended her first Division meeting in 1986 and has been actively involved in the Division in various capacities including the Book Publications Board, Fiftieth Anniversary Task Force, ABA/Young Lawyers Division Fellows Board, and the Standing Committee on Gavel Awards Screening Committee. Bragg served as the first woman President of the Houston Young Lawyer Association and is a former Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, member of the Joseph Pritchard Inn of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and Fellow of the Houston Bar Association. She is the author of several books and articles published by the ABA, and she has participated in a host of Division-sponsored CLE and professional development programs.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Matthew B. Butler of San Diego, California. Butler has a small firm in San Diego focused on litigation in three primary areas: business litigation, employment and consumer class actions, and insurance bad faith. Butler currently serves the Division as the Young Lawyers Committee Chair/Liaison to the ABA Young Lawyers Division and as a member of the Membership Board, Communications Committee, Law Practice Management Editorial Committee, and Leadership Training Committee. Butler was active in the State Bar of California Young Lawyers Association and elected as the CYLA representative to the State Board of Governors and has held various leadership positions in the ABA Young Lawyers Division.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Michael P. Hurley of Painesville, Ohio. Hurley is a sole practitioner in Painesville with a focus in estate planning and probate, real estate, and adoptions. Hurley serves the Division as the current Chair of the Senior Law Committee, Chair of the Contents Committee, and member of the Diversity Committee. He is a past Chair of the Newsletter Editor Conference, Corporate Law Committee, Book Publication Board, Rainmaking Committee, and former Council member. Hurley is a recipient of the GP/Solo Small Firm Lawyer and President’s Award from the Lake County Bar Association. He is also a past Chair of the Lake County Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association and member of the Ohio State Bar Board of Governors.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Rolf Schuetz Jr. of North Bergen, New Jersey. Schuetz has a workers’ compensation and general liability practice in North Bergen. He is the current Chair of the Division’s Workers’ Compensation Committee and a member of the Communications Committee. He is a past recipient of the Teacher of the Year for Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Schools of Technology Student Appreciation Award.

For the position of Council Member-at-Large, the Committee nominates Eileen Sullivan of Phoenix, Arizona. Sullivan has a criminal and family law practice in Phoenix. She is a member of the Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and Membership Committee and has served on the Criminal Law Committee, as Co-Chair of the Juvenile Committee, and as Deputy Chair of the Family Law Committee. She was also a former Diversity Fellow. Sullivan has been honored by the Arizona Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at its 13th Annual AZ’s Finest; was named among the Best Lawyers Under Forty by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and was recipient of the Special Recognition Award and Outstanding Service Award from the Arizona Asian American Bar Association. She serves on the ABA Commission for Youth at Risk and Board of Directors for the Arizona Asian American Bar Association.


Solo and Small Firm Resource Center

As a solo or small firm attorney, you have unique needs, and the ABA’s new Solo and Small Firm Resource Center was created to help your practice. Access your online key to success to find:

  • Practice management advice
  • CLE programming in a variety of formats
  • Technology reviews and practical tips to help you get the best ROI
  • Useful books that address real-world issues faced by solo and small firms
  • Resources to help you start and grow your law practice

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GPSolo 2012 Spring Meeting

May 17–19
DoubleTree Suites
Charleston, South Carolina

Don’t forget to register for the ABA GPSolo Division’s Spring Meeting with several joint activities with the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Meeting highlights include, on Thursday, May 17, a Welcome Reception celebrating the Division’s 50th Anniversary at a historic plantation; on Friday, May 18, CLE, Committee Meetings, Solo and Small Firm Awards Ceremony, and Public Service Project; and on Saturday, May 19, Committee Meetings and Council Meeting.

The Division has reserved a number of rooms at a reduced rate, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Monday, April 23, 2012, at 5:00 pm (EST). To receive the special room rate of $210, which includes complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, please contact the hotel directly at 843/577-2644 or 877/408-8733 and identify yourself as an ABA GPSolo attendee. It is recommended that you confirm your reservation early in order to guarantee your preferred dates. Please check with the hotel to confirm the cancellation policy for individual guest room reservations.


Save these Dates!

ABA 2012 Annual Meeting
August 2–5
Swissôtel Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


GPSolo 2012 Fall Meeting and
National Solo & Small Firm Conference
October 11–13
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington



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