Vol. 29 No. 6


2012 Difference Makers Award Winners

Congratulations to GPSolo’s 2012 Difference Makers Award winners, who were honored at the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who “made a difference” by breaking barriers through community service, through pro bono work, and through service to the profession.

  • The Difference Makers Award was presented to Justice Steven Gonzalez, Washington State Supreme Court. This award honors an individual who has made a difference of particular importance in the local community where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.
  • The award for Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers was presented to Justice Mary Yu, King County Supreme Court. This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who broke down barriers for gender, color, disabilities, or sexual orientation.
  • The award for Making a Difference Through Community Service was presented to Judge Karen Overstreet, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western Division. This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service.
  • The award for Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work was presented to Aleed Rivera, Tarrant County Bar Association/Tarrant County Bar Foundation. This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.
  • The award for Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession was presented to Gabriel Galanda, Galanda Broadman, PLLC, Seattle, Washington. This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.


Brown Bag Sessions

As a Division member, you have complimentary access to GPSolo’s Virtual Brown Bag Sessions—short, informal educational events on timely topics held entirely by teleconference. The sessions take place monthly around lunchtime and normally last one hour. Owing to the informal nature of the programs and the fact that accompanying written materials may not always be prepared and distributed, the Division does not offer CLE credits for these programs. Past Brown Bag Session topics included:

  • Are You Running Your Practice Like a Business?
  • A Primer on the Debt Collection and Credit Reporting Acts: The Basics That Every Practitioner Should Know
  • Everything You Need to Know about Successfully Representing Traffic and DUI Clients—Trial Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers
  • Technology Tips to Manage, Grow, and Enhance Your Practice
  • Is Your Client in a Divorce Eligible for Equitable Relief as an “Innocent Spouse”?
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Grab Bag
  • Retirement Saving During Tough Economic Time
  • A View from the Bench: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer in the Courtroom
  • Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession
  • Technology Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Succeed as a Solo and Small Firm
  • You can access these sessions and more on the Division’s website at


Support the ABA Fund for Justice and Education

For nearly 50 years, the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) has strengthened the ABA’s ability to improve our justice system and serve those in need. Through your support, the ABA is helping to protect the elderly, represent the impoverished, advocate on behalf of youth in crisis, and defend human rights—here and abroad. Today, it is more important than ever that the ABA remain dedicated to serving justice and helping people. Your gift, in any amount, will help promote new programs and expand services already in place. Your contribution will have a direct impact in our communities. Support the ABA’s public service efforts and help maintain these valuable programs at a time when legal expertise is needed more urgently than ever. Learn more about the FJE Annual Fund and how to support GPSolo’s pro bono and public service projects at Please be sure to designate your gift to the GPSolo Program Support Fund.


2013 ABA Midyear Meeting

February 7–10
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, Texas

The Division is preparing for the 2013 ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas. Please note that GPSolo will be headquartered at the Hilton Anatole. The Division will hold activities from February 8 to 10, including the Military Lawyers Committee meeting; U.S. Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces Swearing-In Ceremony; Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon; Executive Committee meeting; GPSolo magazine Editorial Board meeting; Book Publications Board meeting; continuing legal education programming (CLE); and social events.

Additionally, you will want to attend the Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus to meet other ABA members and network with colleagues; examine issues being addressed by the ABA that are of interest to and impact solo and small firm lawyers; discuss issues of concern to solo and small firm lawyers; and learn more about the Division and its programs. Check the Division website at for more information.


2013 GPSolo Division Spring Leadership Meeting

May 23–25
Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska

Join us in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska, for the GPSolo Spring Leadership Meeting from May 23 to 25. It is never too early to start planning for this potentially once-in-a-lifetime chance to obtain CLE credit and experience the great state of Alaska and all the beauty it has to offer. You may even want to consider staying a few days before and after the meeting to enjoy Alaska outside of the meeting rooms. And remember: no sales tax!

A tentative schedule of CLE courses, committee meetings, and networking opportunities, as well as hotel and travel information (including a cruise excursion), may be found on the website at We hope to see you in Alaska.














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