Division Announcements

Vol. 2, No. 2


Chair’s Plan—FY2013

Chair Benes Z. Aldana has set forth his theme and plan for FY2013.



Think Forward: Better Lawyers, Better Profession


Chair's Charge

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. We choose to go far; we choose to go together.”



Review a full copy of the plan in the Leadership Portal.


Call for Nominations for Division Secretary and Council Members-at-Large 2013/2014

Chair Benes Z. Aldana has appointed Alfreda Coward to serve as chair of the Division’s Nominating Committee for the FY2013 bar year. The committee members are Stephen Curley, Chauntis Jenkins, Patricia Sexton, and Stephen Williams.

The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference in Seattle, WA, from October 11 to 13 at the Westin Seattle to nominate individuals for the positions of Division Secretary and Members-At-Large of the 2013/2014 Council. The Council Members-At-Large will serve four-year terms. Minority applicants are encouraged. The duties, terms of office, and eligibility requirements for each of the positions to be filled are outlined in the Division bylaws found in the Leadership Portal.

Please return your completed questionnaire to the Division Office via email at gpsolo@americanbar.org or via fax at 312-988-5711 or mail directly to ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, 321 N. Clark Street, 18th Fl, Chicago, IL 60654. Questionnaires must be received or postmarked by September 20, 2012.

During the Fall Leadership Meeting, each interested individual will have an opportunity to appear in person before the Nominating Committee to discuss his or her qualifications and aspirations. Please note that a personal appearance is not necessary for an individual to be considered by the committee. Further, an appearance before the committee will not entitle one to reimbursement for attendance at the meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the nominating process, please feel free to contact Alfreda Coward at alfredacoward@hotmail.com or 954-722-0836.


Call for Nominations for Council Member-at-Large Vacancy 2012/2013

The 2012/2013 Division Council will elect a new Council Member-At-Large at its 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting in Seattle, WA, on Saturday, October 13, 2012, to fill a vacant seat. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable. The term to be filled is through the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2015. Nominations must be provided to the Division Secretary, Stephen Rosales, via email at gpsolo@americanbar.org or via fax at 312-988-5711 by September 28, 2012.

Any lawyer members who are licensed to practice in any of the states, territories, or possessions of the United States, and who are members of the Association and of the Division, are eligible to nominate themselves for either the Division Secretary, Council Member-At-Large or the Council vacancy position. Associate lawyers, student associates, and law students are not eligible and are excluded from submitting a nomination.


Leadership Kick-Off

Committee Chairs and members in leadership were invited to participate in the 2012/2013 Leadership Kick-Off Conference Call held on Thursday, August 24. The session provided helpful information and tips to have a successful year. An audio of the leadership conference call is now available for your listening convenience on GPSolo’s Leadership Training webpage and may be accessed directly at FY 2013 Leadership Kick-Off Training Conference Call - 8/24/12.


Committee Business Plan

All Committee Chairs are requested to submit a committee business plan to the Division Office and to their committee’s Division Directors by September 14. Please refer to the Leadership Portal for forms and more information.


Call for Fall Leadership Meeting Council Agenda Items

The Division Council will meet during the 2012 Fall Leadership Meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Council members and committee chairs who are interested in submitting an item for the council agenda should submit the item to the Division Office at gpsolo@americanbar.org and to their committee’s Division Directors by September 27. Please refer to the Leadership Portal for forms and more information.


Virtual Brown Bag Session

Save the date for the Brown Bag Session on Blogging on October 24! GPSolo’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. For more information, visit our website.

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.


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