Division Announcements

Vol. 3, No. 9


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

Expanding Your Practice With Limited Scope Representation

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Central

Forty-two states now have some form of limited scope representation, where lawyers perform some, but not all, of the services contained in traditional full service representation. Learn how to use this type of practice to reach into a pool of currently untapped paying clients.

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:

  • Senior Insolvency, Asset Protection, and Estate Planning
  • Navigating the Legal Technology Minefield: What's New for 2014
  • Group Legal Services: What's in It for You?
  • More on How to Start and Build a Successful Law Practice
  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Is It Time to Add It to Your Bankruptcy Practice?
  • More on How to Start and Build a Successful Law Practice
  • Premiums to Profits: Attorneys as Title Agents
  • Taking the Mystery and (Some) Misery Out of Starting and Developing a New Solo Practice
  • The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): What Every Lawyer Needs to Know
  • Cybersecurity and the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer

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


Congratulations 2014 Solo and Small Firm Awards Honorees!

The Solo and Small Firm Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations. Winners will be honored during the 2014 Joint Spring Meeting on May 2 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Larry Walker, Founding Partner

Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore, LLP, Perry, GA


Solo and Small Firm Project Award Honoree

Transitioning into Practice (TIP) (Mentoring Program) State Bar of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Gregg Kamer, TIP Program Chair


Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award Honoree

“Small Law”—MC Law Seminar and Practicum

Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS

Sheryl Johnson, Small Law, Director


Using Respectful Language When Talking About Disability

By Jason Goitia

“The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”

—Mark Twain


As lawyers, we know that words and phrases are very powerful, and should be chosen and used thoughtfully to make the most of opportunities and talents. It is with that in mind that we know that we need to choose the words we use to discuss disabilities carefully.

Disrespectful language can make someone feel excluded, and that person may end up contributing less than his or her potential.

Many people may not have a disability right now, but may have a disability in the future. In addition, coworkers or clients may have a disability themselves, or have a family member or a friend who has a disability. Disability affects all people. Therefore, we should learn to use respectful language, and teach others to do the same. This article lays out a few guidelines to use when discussing disability. However, while you should always be respectful, the impacted person is a better guide on his or her own preferences.

As an overarching principle, you should refer to the person first (you may sometimes see references to “people-first” language). That way, you acknowledge the person before the disability; the language we use influences the way we see people, and we want the language we use to acknowledge that we see the person before the disability. Read more » 




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