Committee Highlight/Member Spotlight/Tips for New Members

Vol. 2, No. 4


Committee Highlight

GPSolo Law Student Committee: National Circuit of Panels at Law Schools in Coming Year

The Law Student Committee recently presented a panel discussion at the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, WA, on Oct. 12, 2012. The speakers included the Division 4 Practice Setting Director Honorable Pamila Brown, GPSolo Division Chair Benes Aldana, Diversity Board Chair Daniel Tann, and Law Student Co-Chair Samantha Williams. Also involved was Sarah Myers, Law Student Division Liaison and Co-Chair of the Law Student Committee, who planned the event. The upcoming plans include several panel discussions in Dallas, TX, Anchorage, AK; and in Lexington, KY, during ABA and Solo, Small Firm and General Practices meetings scheduled throughout the year. The law student events are free to law students. And don’t miss the social networking events that will be held during these meetings to expand connections and meet with other GPSolo committees. It’s a great way to network.

We are always looking for great resources to share with law students and more committee members. Please send us your tips for consideration. Recent examples include: Ten Tips for a Successful Transition from Law School to Law Practice and Elevate Your Career by Getting Involved.

Check out the photos from the Law Student Photo Album and help us add more highlights.

The Law Student Committee meets monthly via teleconference calls and has a wide variety of initiatives coming up this year. If you are interested in planning events and expanding networking opportunities for and with law students, please contact the Law Student Committee Co-Chairs, Samantha Williams at or Sarah Myers at

Click here for more details and the GPSolo Law Student Committee website.


Member Spotlight




Jean L. Batman


1. Where do you live?

I live in Mill Valley, a town just north of San Francisco, CA, with my husband and three children in a home my husband and I designed and built from the ground up.


2. What group do you practice with as an attorney?

I practice at Legal Venture Counsel, Inc., a firm I founded in 2004 to provide outside general counsel services to investors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, after leaving my position as a partner at an Am Law 100 firm. I provide business and financial legal services to privately held entities operating in a broad range of industries.


3. How long have you been practicing law?

I graduated from UC Hastings College of Law (JD) in 1990, and from The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine (MBA) before my law degree. I served as a Judicial Extern in the California Court of Appeal for the late Hon. Justice J. Perley, 1st District in San Francisco in 1990, and have been in private practice since 1991.


4. What are you most passionate about as an attorney?

I wanted to be a lawyer from a very young age, but was always drawn to business and entrepreneurship as well. I was fortunate to have been admitted to a joint degree program at UC Irvine that allowed me to pursue my BA and MBA, and gain valuable experience in the securities industry, before law school. After law school, it took me a few years as a litigator to realize my calling as a transactional lawyer. What I love about my practice is helping clients establish or invest in businesses, pursue growth, solve problems, and achieve success.


5. What is the most interesting experience you have had in the legal profession?

One of my personal causes is Lazarex Cancer Foundation. I am also the organization’s outside general counsel. This is an interesting and fulfilling engagement because philanthropy allows us to champion the causes we believe in and make a difference in people’s lives. Nonprofits are a mechanism for advancing everything from protecting human rights and providing basic human necessities, to the existence and accessibility of the opera and ballet. Without them, many injustices would continue unabated, including, increasingly, the lack of adequate funding for public schools. Helping Lazarex Cancer Foundation succeed means more end-stage cancer patients will get a second chance at life.


6. How long have you been a member of the ABA?

I have been a member of the ABA since 1997. I am a former Chair of the ABA Business Law Section's Middle Market and Small Business Committee; cofounder and former Co-Chair of the ABA’s Private Placement Broker-Dealer Task Force; the ABA Business Law Section’s liaison to the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; and author of the following ABA publications: Advising the Small Business, 2nd ed. 2011, and Letters for Small Business Lawyers 2011.


7. What ABA sections or groups do you belong to?

My ABA areas of interest are many due to the robust nature of my practice. They include the Section of Business Law; ABA Relations; Closely Held Business Entities; LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities; Middle Market and Small Business; Private Equity and Venture Capital; Private Placement Broker; and the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, which has been an excellent networking and referral group where I have formed valuable relationships.


8. What do you find most valuable about the ABA? How has ABA benefitted you personally or professionally?

The most valuable thing about the ABA has been the friendships I have formed with colleagues from around the world. A close second is the professional development I have experienced from attending and presenting CLE programs at ABA meetings and becoming the author of several ABA publications including “Advising the Small Business: Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner 2nd ed.,” American Bar Association, 2011, and "Letters for Small Business Lawyers," American Bar Association, 2011.


9. Do you belong to any other professional organizations? Other awards or honors?

I earned an American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of Commercial Transactions in 1989.


Contact Information:
Jean L. Batman, MBA, JD
Legal Venture Counsel, Inc.
1045 Sansome St., Ste. 110
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 415-462-5514
Fax: 415-680-2346


Tips for New Members



The hottest tip for new members is that registration is open for ABA’s Midyear Meeting (which is being held in the Lone Star State of Texas), and it is free to all ABA and GPSolo members. Did you know that the state’s name is based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning friends? Dallas is the exciting location, with sessions and meetings in five hotels from Feb. 6–12, 2013. More than 24 section or division meetings will be held throughout the conference.


Wednesday February 6
ABA Board of Governors Subcommittee Meetings

ABA Registration Opens


Thursday February 7
ABA Board of Governors Committee Meetings

American Bar Foundation Registration Opens


Friday February 8
ABA Board of Governors Meeting

American Bar Foundation Registration & Events


Saturday February 9
American Bar Foundation Registration Closes

Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon

American Bar Foundation Meetings & Events


Sunday February 10
American Bar Foundation Meetings & Events


Monday February 11
ABA House of Delegates Meeting

ABA Registration Closes


The conference is free; however, a small fee is required for a few sessions.

Don’t forget to register to boost your networking power-referrals and career. We are confident that you will make one or two new friends there. Register here.



A bit of trivia for you: six national flags have flown over Texas since the first European exploration of the region by Cortez in 1519.


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Here is a practical guide to the paperless law office and digitally powering your firm. Check it out for yourself or give it to your colleagues who need help with their “pillars of paper.”

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  • Why to convert to a paperless office
  • The first steps to converting
  • Programs you already use to make your practice paperless
  • Confidentiality and security
  • Organizing, analyzing, and distilling documents and information
  • Communicating and transmitting documents
  • Reading, writing, executing, and presenting documents
  • Storing and finding information
  • Private data storage versus cloud computing
  • Managing information disruptions
  • Equipping and furnishing the lawyer
  • Acquiring and developing the skills
  • Managing your entire law practice
  • How to know when you’ve arrived, and much more!

This step-by-step guide is the perfect tool you need to convert to a paperless law office. Even for solos, the conversion to a paperless office can pay for itself many times over. This user-friendly book is your key to joining the paperless revolution!


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