Division Announcements

Vol. 1, No. 12


Division Name Change Notice

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division hereby provides notice of its intent to change its name to the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, to be considered and hopefully approved by its membership at the Annual Meeting of the Division Membership to be held at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. In addition, the ABA House of Delegates will also consider and hopefully approve the change. The Division’s Council approved the name change at its Fall Meeting on October 21, 2011.

This change simply rearranges the descriptive categories in the current name. Lawyers that maintain a general practice, lawyers that serve in the military, on the judiciary, and in corporate counsel positions are and will remain vital, valued, and important members of the Division.

This name change will reflect and clarify that GPSolo is the home for solo and small firm lawyers within the ABA. Although it may be clear to active members of the ABA that GPSolo is the home of the solo and small firm lawyer, it may not be clear to lawyers who are new to the ABA, who are thinking about joining the ABA, or who have never been active in GPSolo.

By moving Solo and Small Firm to the beginning of the Division’s name, it will help the ABA by sending a clear message to the solo and small firm lawyer population (both within and outside the association) that the ABA, through the Division, is doing all it can to meet the needs of this under-represented population.

Other than revising the Division’s bylaws to reflect the name change, the internal structure and bylaws of GPSolo will remain the same. Any questions or concerns should be emailed to genpractice@americanbar.org.


New Email Address and Web Access

Due to the Division’s pending name change to Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, we now have a new email address (gpsolo@americanbar.org) and a new web URL (www.americanbar.org/gpsolo). The main phone line contact to the Division remains the same at 312-988-5648.


Five Decades of Service

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


GPSolo Day Declaration

The ABA Board of Governors met in New Orleans, LA, from February 2 to 3, 2012, and adopted the following resolution to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. It also proclaimed Wednesday, August 8, 2012, as Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Day.

Click here to read the 50th Anniversary Declaration.


House of Delegates Election

The 2012–2013 Division Council will elect a new Division Delegate to the House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 4, 2012. This is a three-year term to be filled through the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in 2015. Nominations must be provided to the 2011–2012 Division Secretary, Amy Lin Meyerson, in writing at least 10 days prior to the beginning of the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting. She may be reached via mail c/o ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division at 321 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. The email address is genpractice@abanet.org, and the fax is 312-988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.


Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast

The Solo and Small Firm Lawyers Caucus Breakfast is sponsored by the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Swissotel Chicago

Chicago, IL

Please attend and contribute to this annual event, an ABA membership initiative for solo and small firm practitioners. The meeting is chaired by the Division’s vice chair and co-chaired by its three division delegates to the House of Delegates.

R.S.V.P. by July 31, 2012.

Registration is complimentary. Reserve your ticket when you register for the Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!


Virtual Brown Bag Session

August 15, 2012

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Central

The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s Virtual Brown Bag Sessions are short, informal educational events on timely GPSolo topics organized by committees and held entirely by teleconference as a Division member benefit at no additional cost. The sessions are held monthly, 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. Visit our website for more information.

Recordings of this program and others will be posted on the Division’s website after each session. Please click here to listen to or download the audio.

For further information or if you are interested in holding a brown bag session, contact Dee Lee at the GPSolo Division Office at 312-988-5659.


2012 Difference Makers Awards Program

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division (ABA GPSolo) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for its annual difference makers awards program to recognize extraordinary lawyers who “make a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, and people with disabilities, regardless of sexual orientation. Applications are being accepted for the Difference Makers Award, and the following awards: Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers, Making a Difference through Community Service, Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work, and Making a Difference through Service to the Profession.

These awards have been expanded to honor local attorneys whose dedication has made a difference to the profession or the community where the Division’s fall meeting is held. However, the winners are not limited to only those in the local community. Rather than only recognizing solo and small firm lawyers or those working in the solo and small firm sections of local and state bars, these awards are intended for any size firm lawyers, educators, judges, etc., who fulfill one of the following award categories.

Winners will be honored at the ABA GPSolo’s 2012 Fall Meeting and National Solo and Small Firm Conference Awards Program at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, WA, on Friday, October 12, 2012.

For more information, review the 2012 Awards Summary and Instructions and complete the 2012 Awards Application. Submit your nomination by August 31, 2012.


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