Division Meetings

Vol. 2, No. 1


ABA Annual Meeting

August 2–5, 2012
Swissotel Chicago
Chicago, IL

The ABA Annual Meeting was another fantastic meeting! At GPSolo’s 50th Anniversary Reception, Dennis Archer, Past President of the American Bar Association and Past Chair of the GPSolo Division, was the keynote speaker followed by brief remarks from Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, ABA President; Laurel Bellows, ABA President-Elect; Linda Klein, Chair, ABA House of Delegates; Jim Silkenat, ABA President-Elect Nominee; Robert Carlson, Chair Nominee, ABA House of Delegates; and Jack Rives, ABA Executive Director. GPSolo held 11 well attended CLE programs in the Presidential CLE Center. The Division also had great exposure in the House of Delegates (HOD) by cosponsoring many high-visibility resolutions and being key players in defeating the Section of Litigation’s Resolution 101. A recap of GPSolo’s activities in the HOD includes: Resolution 10A - GPSolo voted to support deferral and HOD deferred; Resolution 101 - GPSolo opposed and was very involved in leading the opposition, and it was defeated in the HOD; Resolution 105 series - GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed; Resolution 106A - GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed; Resolution 106B - GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed; Resolution 106C - GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed; Resolution 107A - GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed; and Resolution 110 – GPSolo cosponsored and HOD passed.


2012 Fall Leadership Meeting and Seventh Annual National Solo & Small Firm Conference

October 11–13, 2012
Westin Seattle
Seattle, WA


Housing Deadline

ABA GPSolo has reserved a number of rooms at the Westin Seattle at a reduced rate, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Central. To receive the special room rate of $169, please contact the hotel directly at 206-728-1000 or 888-625-5144 and identify yourself as an ABA GPSolo 2012 Fall Meeting attendee. Click here to reserve housing online.


Seventh Annual ABA GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference

CLE Credits requested

The Seventh Annual ABA GPSolo National Solo & Small Firm Conference is an educational and professional forum designed to engage and inform attorneys at all levels of practice. This conference will cover a wide spectrum of topics including Practice Empowerment, Technology, and Basic Skills. Attendees of this year’s conference will:

  • Learn the techniques of persuasive legal writing
  • Gain practical knowledge of how to build their practice through technology and advertising
  • Increase their knowledge of best practices when changing or expanding practices areas

Learn more and register.


Tentative Schedule at a Glance


Wednesday, October 10, 2012
12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.             

Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting


Thursday, October 11, 2012

7:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.              

Long-Range Planning Committee Meeting


8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.               

Committee Meetings


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.               



10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.           

Executive Committee Meeting


12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.             

Executive Committee Lunch with API Executive Committee


12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.             

ABA Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Program


1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.               

National Dialogue Summit for Bar Leaders


6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.               

Opening Session & Welcome Reception at the Space Needle


Friday, October 12, 2012

8:10 a.m.–11:45 a.m.              

NSSFC CLE Programming


9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.               



12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.             

Difference Makers Awards Luncheon


1:30 p.m.–5:05 p.m.               

NSSFC CLE Programming


6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.             

50th Anniversary Gala Dinner


Saturday, October 13, 2012

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.               



8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.             

Committee Meetings


8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.             

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) and 2012 Northwest Human Trafficking Summit Training


8:30 a.m.–12:05 p.m.             

NSSFC CLE Programming


12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.             

Council Meeting and Lunch


1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.               

2012 Northwest Human Trafficking Summit


Save the Dates!


2013 ABA Midyear Meeting

February 7–10, 2013

Hilton Anatole

Dallas, TX


2013 Spring Leadership Meeting

May 23–25, 2013

Hotel Captain Cook

Anchorage, AK


2013 ABA Annual Meeting

August 8–11, 2013

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

San Francisco, CA


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