Division Announcements

Vol. 1, No. 10


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.


2012 GPSolo Solo and Small Firm Awards


The Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented to Mr. Malvern F. King, Jr. of Pulley, Watson, King & Lischer PA, Durham, NC. He is the Co-chair of the Durham County Bar Association Public Service Committee. He formerly served on the Board of Governors of North Carolina Bar Association, Chair of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, North Carolina Bar Association, and American Bar Association Executive Council member representing North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2007, he was inducted into the North Carolina General Practice Hall of Fame. He is a member of GPSolo and has practiced law for more than 44 years.

This award recognizes exceptional lifetime achievement by a solo or small firm practitioner who is widely accepted by his or her peers as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way. The winners will be viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

The Solo and Small Firm Project Award is being presented to the Columbus Bar Association (CBA Inc. Professional Development Program) of Columbus, OH. CBA Inc. was established with the primary goal of helping new attorneys bridge the gap from law school to establishing a solo and small firm practice. The program boasts education, mentoring, and networking. Participants receive ongoing assistance throughout their 15-month participation. As a condition of acceptance into the program participants must agree to provide pro bono legal assistance.

This award is designed to reward bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers.

Recipients will be honored at the Division’s Spring Meeting Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 18, 2012, at the DoubleTree Suites in Charleston, SC.


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