Division Announcements

Vol. 1, No. 3


Annual CLE Program Proposals

It is that time of year! If you are interested in presenting a live CLE program at the ABA Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago, IL, August 2–5, 2012, now is the time to submit your program. Please submit your proposal Nicole Nikodem and Lynn Howell by Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Please keep the form in Word format. To download the application, please click here.


American Bar Association: Facebook Sweepstakes for Law Students

Enter our Facebook sweepstakes at www.facebook.com/abaforlawstudents and be eligible to win up to $10,000!

For every law student attending an ABA-accredited law school who Likes our Facebook page, the ABA will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot. We’re counting current fans and all new ones through midnight, October 31. Students who register for the sweepstakes are eligible to win the jackpot in a random drawing scheduled for November 1.


In addition to the grand prize, we’re giving away weekly prizes sponsored by four companies. Prizes are:

  • Five $400 gift certificates from Brooks Brothers
  • Twenty $100 Target gift certificates from WestlawNext
  • Six $500 gift certificates for bar review courses from BARBRI
  • Two travel packages featuring $1,000 in American Airline gift certificates and $250 in car rental certificates from Hertz

Remember: Like ABA for Law Students at www.facebook.com/abaforlawstudents and register to win cash and prizes! Spread the word and watch that jackpot grow!


Committee Highlight: ABA GPSolo’s Leadership Training Committee

The Leadership Training Committee is responsible for the development of materials and programs that provide the necessary background information needed to those who are in leadership positions within the Division and to those who aspire to such positions. More information on this committee may be found here.

This year, the Committee will be primarily focused on the development of leaders. There will be quarterly training for Division leaders who are responsible for our 60 administrative and substantive law committees. More information may be found here.

The committee has also assumed the responsibility of hosting monthly Virtual Brown Bag Sessions to be held the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 p.m. Central time. GPSolo’s Brown Bag Sessions are short, informal educational events on timely topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference. The sessions normally last one hour and are held during lunch hours. Due 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 continuing legal education credits for these programs. More information and to be informed of the next Brown Bag Session check here.


Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession

The Inclusion Initiative: Corporate Collaboration to Use Minority & Women Owned Law Firms

November 16, 2011, 12:00 P.M. Central Time

Presenters: ABA GPSolo Division Leadership

Laura V. Farber, Chair, Patricia A. Sexton, Leadership Training Committee Chair

The National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF), Milwaukee, WI

 Jason L. Brown, Executive Director and General Counsel

 Robin A. Wofford, Esq., Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, San Diego CA

In 2010, 11 major corporations, along with the NAMWOLF, created the Inclusion Initiative. The initiative is an organized effort to maximize the relationships between corporate legal departments and minority and women owned law firms (MWBE) throughout the United States and was created to have a demonstrable impact on diversity in the legal profession. Through this initiative, these pioneering companies committed to collectively spend $30 million with MWBE law firms in the first year and challenged other companies to follow their lead. The goal was surpassed, with member companies having spent $42.6 million with MWBE last year. This year, the Initiative has grown to 17 companies with a $70 million goal.

Join us on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. Central time to learn more about the Inclusion Initiative, how it operates, how companies can join, how women- and minority-owned law firms can benefit from this program and answers to other frequently asked questions.

Call-in Number 866-646-6488

International Only 707-287-9583

Conference Code 6752837174 #

To confirm your attendance, please email genpractice@americanbar.org.

For any further information, contact Dee Lee at the Division Office at 312-988-5659.

The Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division’s Committee Audio Programs (Brown Bag Sessions) are short, informal educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference at no cost. They normally last one hour and are held during lunch hours. Due 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 continuing legal education credits for these programs.

Recordings of this program and others will be posted on the Division’s website after each session. Please visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/gpsolo/events_cle/brown_bag_sessions.html to listen to or download the audio.


Difference Makers Awards Program


Congratulations to the 2011 Difference Makers Awards Winners

The ABA Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Difference Makers Awards. The following winners will be honored during the Division’s 2011 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference, October 20–22, at the Difference Makers Awards Luncheon on Friday, October 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Denver Downtown in Denver, CO.


Difference Makers Awards Luncheon celebrating extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities and regardless of sexual orientation.


Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers: Alan C. Page of Minneapolis, MN, is the Minnesota Supreme Court Justice.


Making a Difference Through Service to the Community: James Bell of San Francisco, CA, is the founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute.


Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work: James P. Hadden of Philadelphia, PA, is a director with the firm of Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson, P.A.


Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession: Alice E. Richmond of Boston, MA, is principal of her Boston-based law firm Richmond & Associates. She is Immediate Past Treasurer of the American Bar Association.


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