Vol. 2, No. 7


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Upcoming GPSolo CLE


Overview of Employment and Labor Law for Farms and Ranches

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Central

The faculty will discuss a myriad of employment and labor law issues affecting US farms and ranches. The discussion will include the following:

  • Use of unpaid labor (e.g., internships, apprenticeships, community volunteers, mentorships, “work shares”) for farms and community supported agriculture (CSA)
  • Exemptions under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for using family members as employees
  • In-kind compensation for farm workers (e.g., food, housing)
  • Various immigration issues including work authorization, I-9 compliance, and H2A applications
  • Compliance with FLSA, MSPA, and Agriculture Worker Protection Act (AWPA)
  • Preseasonal and seasonal responsibilities of the employer-farm or ranch
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Employee handbooks
  • “Ag Gag” legislation and handling undercover surveillance on the farm

Faculty: Cari Rincker (Moderator), Rachel Armstrong, Kimberly Clarke, Edward Cox, Karen Eichman, Maggy Gregory, Jennifer Jambor-Delgado, and Arthur N. Read

To register for the teleconference, please click here.


The Solo Practitioner and Small Firm's Guide to the New Frontier in Estate Planning

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Central

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2013) makes permanent the $5 million inflation adjusted estate tax exemption and portability (which permits a surviving spouse to use a prior deceased spouse's exemption). For the vast majority of Americans, the federal estate tax is now irrelevant. This will change the face of estate planning (and, for professionals, the practice of estate planning) in dramatic ways. Planning that most clients have done needs to be evaluated and perhaps changed. The way wills are drafted will change. The use of life insurance and insurance trusts will never be the same. With the fear of the federal estate tax gone, practitioners can no longer charge to the same degree for estate tax planning work. Efficiency and practice management are more important than ever to profitably serve fee-sensitive clients. This webinar will explore the new estate planning paradigm and offer practical insights into how you can modify your documents and planning to work best in this brave new estate planning world.

Faculty: Jonathan Blattmachr and Martin M. Shenkman

To register for the teleconference, please click here.


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  • Immigration Hearings 101: A Complete Tool Kit for Representing Children in Immigration Court (Part 1)
  • Immigration Hearings 101: A Complete Tool Kit for Representing Children in Immigration Court (Part 2)


Past GPSolo CLE—Available Online

Trademark Fundamentals: The United States Patent and Trademark Office Federal Registration Process

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET13TFACDR

Faculty: Maureen Beacom Gorman, Dawn Cassie, Rene LaForte Guess, and Joseph “Casey” Mangan


The Law, the Ethics and the Science of Litigating With a Diminished Capacity Client

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET12LESCDR

Faculty: Dr. Daniel J. Marson, Bruce F. Rogers, Rebecca C. Morgan


The Accidental Nonprofit Lawyer

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET11TANOLC

Faculty: Lynn Howell, Amy Lin Meyerson, Michael E. Malamut, and Lisa A. Runquist


Storm Claims 101: A Guide to Presenting Hurricane and Windstorm Insurance Claims for Your Client

(Online Course)

Product Code CET12UGPCDR

Faculty: Maureen Cunningham, Charles R. Gallagher III, Traci B. Taylor


The UCC for the General Practitioner

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET12UGPCDR

Faculty: Steven O. Weise, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles, CA


Representing a “Mom and Pop” Client in Franchising: What a Practitioner Needs to Know

(Online Course)

Product Code CET12RMPCDR

Faculty: Karen Spencer (Moderator), Miriam Brewer, and Mark J. Plotkin, Partner


Counseling the Local Food Movement: What a Practitioner Should Know

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET12LFMCDR

Faculty: Cari Rincker (Moderator), Dr. Stan Benda, Derrick Braaten, Jason Foscolo, Professor Neil Hamilton, Professor Erin Hawley, Leon J. Letter, Professor Jesse J. Richardson, Jr., Professor Patricia Salkin and Richard E. Schell


Crop and Livestock Insurance Law from the Ground Up

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET12CRGCDR

Faculty: Cari B. Rincker (Moderator), Beth Angus Baumstark, William K. Crispin, Brion B. Doyle, Julie I. Fershtman, Charles D. Lee, Michael D. Martin and P. John Owen


A Forever Home for Fido: Animal Custody Issues in Adoptions, Divorces, and Disasters

(Online Course)

Product Code: CET12FHFCDR

Faculty: Yolanda Eisenstein (Moderator), Barbara J. Gislason, Adam P. Karp and Randy Turner


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ABA TECHSHOW 2013 | Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together

April 4–6, 2013

Hilton Chicago

Chicago, IL

Technology has introduced a “new normal” for legal professionals by helping them practice more effectively, efficiently, and deliver better client service. Lawyers are attracting new clients on social media, managing more documents in the cloud, and meeting new client expectations using the education provided by ABA TECHSHOW.

As a member of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, we want to make you aware of ABA TECHSHOW and the substantial discount we can provide you on registration. Standard registration costs $1,050, but when you use GPSolo’s Event Promoter Discount Code, EP1306, standard registration will cost $895. If you register before the March 11 early bird deadline, you will receive an additional discount of $200―all for a low cost of $675! Simply download the registration form and include this unique Event Promoter Discount Code, EP1306, to receive the rate.

Learn and network with legal technology experts from across the country, April 4–6, 2013, at the Hilton Chicago. Click here for up-to-date information on ABA TECHSHOW 2013, the best event for bringing lawyers and technology together.


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