Division Announcements

Vol. 2, No. 3


2012 Difference Makers Award Winners

Congratulations to GPSolo’s 2012 Difference Makers Award winners, who were honored at the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who “made a difference” by breaking barriers, through community service, through pro bono work, and through service to the profession.

The Difference Makers Award was presented to Justice Steven Gonzalez, Washington State Supreme Court. This award honors an individual who has made a difference of particular importance in the local community where the Division is meeting and where the Difference Makers Awards program is being held.

The award for Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers was presented to Justice Mary Yu, King County Supreme Court. This award honors an attorney, living or deceased, who broke down barriers for gender, race, disabilities, or sexual orientation.

The award for Making a Difference Through Community Service was presented to Judge Karen Overstreet, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western Division. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service.

The award for Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work was presented to Aleed Rivera, Tarrant County Bar Association/Tarrant County Bar Foundation. This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.

The award for Making a Difference through Service to the Profession was presented to Gabriel Galanda, Galanda Broadman, PLLC, Seattle, Washington. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.


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Brown Bag Sessions

As a Division member, you have complimentary access to GPSolo’s Virtual Brown Bag Sessions, which are short, informal educational events on timely topics held entirely by teleconference. The sessions are held monthly and normally last one hour 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 CLE credits for these programs.


Save the date for next Brown Bag Session!

October 24, 2012

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. CDT


Words With Friends, Acquaintances, and Potential Clients: Practical Tips and Potential Pitfalls for Lawyers Who Blog or Want to Get Started

Speaker: Daniel A. Schwartz, Pullman & Comley LLC, Hartford, CT 

Thousands of lawyers blog on topics as diverse as employment law to China. Those lawyers understood that it can be a key part in developing and growing a practice, and it doesn't take a degree in computer science to figure it out. In this brown bag lunch, hear from one such attorney, Daniel A. Schwartz, author of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog (an ABA Journal Blawg 100 winner) and a partner at Pullman & Comley, LLC. He will share some practical tips and potential pitfalls associated with blogging.

Learn more about how you can benefit from this program and answers to other frequently asked questions. Register now.

Past Brown Bag Session topics have included:

  • Are you Running Your Practice Like a Business?
  • A Primer on the Debt Collection and Credit Reporting Acts: The Basics That Every Practitioner Should Know
  • Everything You Need to Know About Successfully Representing Traffic and DUI Clients—Trial Tips for Solo and Small Firm Lawyers
  • Technology Tips to Manage, Grow, and Enhance Your Practice
  • Is Your Client in a Divorce Eligible for Equitable Relief as an “Innocent Spouse”?
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Grab Bag
  • Retirement Saving During Tough Economic Time
  • A View From the Bench: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer in the Courtroom
  • Promoting Diversity in the Legal Profession 
  • Technology Tips, Tricks and Tools to Succeed as a Solo and Small Firm

You can access these sessions and more on the Division’s website.


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