Vol. 29 No. 5


The Division Name Change

The ABA House of Delegates approved the Division name change to the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division at the ABA Annual Meeting on August 6, 2012. The ABA Constitution and ABA Bylaws, as well as the Division’s bylaws, were revised to include the name change. The brand “GPSolo” will continue to be used. A copy of the Division’s current bylaws may be found on the Division’s website. Additionally, the Division now has a new e-mail address ( and a new URL (


Division Leadership

The Division is pleased to announce the following changes to its leadership for the 2012–2013 Bar Year:

Executive Committee

Chair: Benes Z. Aldana
Chair-Elect: Jennifer A. Rymell
Vice Chair: Amy Lin Meyerson
Secretary: Stephen B. Rosales
Immediate Past Chair: Laura V. Farber
Budget Officer: Kathleen J. Hopkins
Revenue Director: Alan O. Olson
Division Delegates to the House of Delegates: Dwight L. Smith, James M. Durant III, and Jay E. Ray

Council Members-at-Large: Melanie D. Bragg, Matthew B. Butler, Michael P. Hurley, Rolf C. Schuetz Jr., and Eileen Sullivan

Young Lawyers Division Liaison: Richard D. Williamson

Law Student Division Liaison: Sarah M. Myers

Diversity Fellows: Emelia Allen, Terrell Ratliff, Tangela Terry, and Quyen Tu

Young Lawyer Fellows: J. Lee Hoffoss Jr. and Jennifer Heald Kirkpatrick


Call for Nominations of 2013–2014 Officers and Council Members

The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting to nominate individuals for the positions of Secretary and Members-at-Large of the Council. In accordance with Section 4.4 of the Division’s bylaws, the Committee will nominate five Council Members-at-Large to serve four-year terms. Minority applicants are encouraged. The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division’s bylaws. The questionnaire may be found on the website. Please return your completed questionnaire to the Division office via e-mail at or via fax at 312/988-5711 or mail directly to ABA, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654.

The following members have been appointed to serve as the Nominating Committee for the 2012–2013 Bar Year: Alfreda Coward (chair), Stephen Curley, Chauntis Jenkins, Patricia Sexton, and Stephen Williams.


2012 GPSolo Division Fall Leadership Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 11–13
Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington

Register today for the 2012 National Solo & Small Firm Conference (NSSFC), which will take place in coordination with the ABA GPSolo Division’s Fall Leadership Meeting in Seattle, Washington. This year the schedule has been designed to ensure that all Fall Leadership Meeting attendees can participate in the CLE. The NSSFC attracts more than 200 solos and small firm practitioners annually from across the country and abroad. Attorneys attend this conference to expand their professional networks and pursue continuing legal education training. More information may be found on the Division’s website.


More Than 40 Hours of On-Demand CLE Programming Available

If you were unable to attend the 2011 National Solo & Small Firm Conference, you can still view and receive CLE credit from the programs. Topics include foreclosures, family law, consumer law, ADR, setting up a law office, PDFing your practice, and much more. To view the full list of programs and to purchase any programs, please visit and choose “Online CLE.”


Check out GPSolo’s 50th Anniversary Web Page

Visit GPSolo’s new 50th Anniversary web page, which includes anniversary-themed articles in publications, House of Delegates Resolution, GPSolo Day Declaration, video of Past Chairs, photos, stories, displays, and upcoming events.


Save the Dates

ABA 2013 Midyear Meeting
February 8–10
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, Texas

GPSolo Division 2013 Spring
Leadership Meeting
May 23–25
Hotel Captain Cook
Anchorage, Alaska

ABA 2013 Annual Meeting
August 8–13
Marriott Marquis
San Francisco, California



In the July/August 2012 issue of GPSolo  magazine, the Division member price for  the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting and  National Solo & Small Firm Conference was listed incorrectly. The correct price is  $275, which now includes admission to the 50th Anniversary Gala dinner, as well as one and one-half days of programming, a welcome reception at the Space Needle, two breakfasts, and one lunch. To register, visit the Division website.


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