Division Meetings

Vol. 1, No. 4


2012 ABA Midyear Meeting

February 2–5, 2012

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

New Orleans, LA


Registration is open! Please click here to register for the Midyear Meeting.


Tentative GPSolo Schedule at a Glance


Thursday, February 2, 2012

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Law Student Event “How to Find a Job in a Small Firm”


Friday, February 3, 2012

8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.   

Military Lawyers Committee Meeting


10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

60 Tips in 60 Minutes

Primary Sponsor: ABA Young Lawyers Division


11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

US Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces Swearing in Ceremony


11:45 a.m.–1:15p.m.

Luncheon with CLE Programming

Primary Sponsor: ABA Young Lawyers Division


12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon


1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m

Executive Committee Meeting


1:30 p.m –5:00 p.m.

GPSOLO Magazine Board


Saturday, February 4, 2012

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Book Publications Board Meeting


2:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

ABA Leadership Coalition for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers


5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

ABA Young Lawyers Division Fellows Debate followed by GPSolo 50th Anniversary Kickoff Reception


Sunday, February 5, 2012

7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Breakfast Caucus




Spring Meeting

May 17–19, 2012

Double Tree Suites

Charleston, SC


ABA Annual Meeting

August 2–5, 2012

Swissotel Chicago

Chicago, IL


Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 11–13, 2012

Westin Seattle

Seattle, WA


Fall Meeting & National Solo and Small Firm Conference RECAP

October 20–22, 2011

Denver, CO


Our gathering in Denver, Colorado, saw record-breaking attendance. Approximately 300 people attended—not counting the virtual participants! Attendees were able to hone their skills and learn how to improve customer services to clients, regardless of practice setting, area of practice, or years of experience. The Fall Meeting was productive, with more than 15 Committee Meetings and Council. The law student event, ABA Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Program, was well attended at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The session was recorded and is available on the Division’s website.


Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Enrique’s Journey, was the keynote speaker at the Division’s prestigious Difference Makers Awards Luncheon, celebrating extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, and people with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation. A special training session was offered by Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) to allow attorneys to assist unaccompanied children, some only three, four, or five years old, who currently represent themselves in immigration court proceedings. (You can access the recording of this session for free on the Division’s website.) We also offered a program in collaboration with the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which helps attorneys become certified to obtain business from the government. We had a CLE program to assist minority- and women-owned solo and small firm practices (as well as all solos and small firm lawyers) in using strategies to attract business from corporations, traditionally big firm clients. For the Division’s public service project, attendees donated needed items for the Literacy Coalition of Colorado.


Of course, this conference involved more than just programming. The two-day conference was chock-full of networking opportunities with a welcome reception, Women’s Roundtable, Diversity Roundtable, breakfasts, lunches, hospitality suite, and a fun run.


We are delighted that the following groups joined us in Denver: ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, ABA Commission on Immigration, ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Standing Committee on Group and Prepaid Legal Services, ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service, ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, American Prepaid Legal Services Institute, Colorado Bar Association, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Denver Bar Association, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND),and Literacy Coalition of Colorado.


Missed the Conference? Don’t Worry! You Can Still Access the Great Programming!

You can still access the program offerings after the conference. If you register to attend in-person, webcasting, or just didn’t have time to do either. You can have access to more than 20 hours of CLE to use at your convenience during the next 18 months. There is no reason not to participate!


Here is a quick overview of some of the CLE offerings at the meeting: • Tips in Technology • Ten Ways WordPerfect Can Make You Better, Stronger, Faster • RESPA, Dodd-Frank, and Consumer Financial Protection for Real Estate Practice • Residential Foreclosure Update • Taxes: How Do They Affect Lawyers? • Credit Scores, Credit Reporting, and the FCRA • How to Get More Clients Out of Legal Plan Participation • What Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Need to Know About the Professional Discipline System • Veterans Disability Compensation • Bankruptcy for Nonbankruptcy Lawyers • 60 Technology Tips in 60 Minutes • Setting Up a Law Office • Ethics and Internet/Website Use • Technology for the Solo or Small Office • How to Avoid Electronic Malpractice • How to Have Happier Clients • and An Introduction to Special Education Law.


To register for the archived programming, please click here.


Four Free CLE Programs for All ABA GPSolo Members!


· Immigration Hearings 101: A Complete Tool Kit for Representing Children in Immigration Court

· The Changing Face of the Legal Profession: How Commoditization and Specialization is Permanently Altering the Practice of Law

· Leveraging Technology for More Efficient ADR

· Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing



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