Division Announcements

Vol. 3, No. 1


GPSolo Magazine Receives Award

Congratulations to the GPSolo Magazine Board and staff for receiving the Best Redesign award from APEX (Awards for Publication Excellence). The annual event is a competition for writers, editors, publications staff and business, nonprofit, agency and freelance communicators. APEX Awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. With some 2,400 entries, competition was exceptionally intense.


Solo/Small Firm Forms Library

Gain instant access to convenient forms, letters, checklists, and agreements developed specifically with the solo/small firm practitioner in mind. Written by some of the top legal professionals in their field, the material in the GPSolo Division's Forms Library is organized by practice area, making it quick and easy to find the forms you need. Click here to find out more.


Brown Bag Sessions


Taking the Mystery and  (Some) Misery Out of Starting and Developing a New Solo Practice

September 11, 2013

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central Time

GPSolo’s Virtual Brown Bag Sessions are short, informal educational events on timely 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.


Some past Brown Bag Session topics included:

  • The Latest Developments in Chapter 13
  • Estate Planning and Tax Law 101 Primer
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
  • Cybersecurity and the Solo, Small Firm Lawyer
  • What Solos and Small Firms Need to Know About Avoiding Ethics Complaints and Malpractice Claims
  • How to Make Money with Group Legal Plans
  • Going Solo: Practical and Useful Tips for Starting and Running a Solo Practice
  • Peace and Protection
  • Words With Friends, Acquaintances, and Potential Clients: Practical Tips & Potential Pitfalls for Lawyers Who Blog or Want to Get Started

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


Council Election

The 2013–2014 Division Council will elect a new Council Member-At-Large at the 2013 Fall Meeting held at the Hyatt Regency Lexington in Lexington, KY, on Saturday, October 5, 2013, to fill a four-year term that will conclude at the 2017 ABA Annual Meeting. Nominations must be received by the Division Secretary, David Lefton by September 20, 2013 via hand delivery or mail c/o ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, 321 N. Clark Street, 18th Fl., Chicago, IL 60654 or email at gpsolo@americanbar.org; or fax at 312-988-5711. No special form of nomination is required, and self-nominations are acceptable.


Call for Nominations for Division Secretary and Council Members-at-Large: 2014–2015

Chair Jennifer A. Rymell has appointed Richard DeMichele, Jr., to serve as chair of the Division’s Nominating Committee for the FY2014 bar year. The committee members are Richard Evangelista, Alfreda Coward, Alan Olson and Patricia Sexton.

The Nominating Committee will meet during the 2013 Fall Meeting and National Solo & Small Firm Conference from October 3 to 5 to nominate individuals for the positions of Division Secretary and Members-At-Large of the 2014–2015 Council. In accordance with the Bylaws  section 7.3.1, the committee will nominate five Council Members-At-Large to 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.

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, 2013.

During the Fall 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, however, 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.

Any lawyer members who are licensed to practice in any of the states, territories, or possessions of the United States, who is a member 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.


Call for 2014 Fall Council Agenda Items

Council members and committee leaders: prepare to submit your council agenda items and reports for the Fall Council Meeting to your Division Director and to the GPSolo Division Office at gpsolo@americanbar.org by September 13, 2013. The Council will meet on October 5, 2013, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Road, Lexington, KY.


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