Member Highlights

Vol. 3, No. 9


Committee Highlight

International Law Committee

The International Law Committee’s mission is to promote awareness of international issues within the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division internally as well as in view of developing closer synergies with other ABA Sections and Committees. The committee will be meeting on Thursday, May 1st at 2:50 p.m. at the ARIA Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, during the 2014 GPSolo Spring Meeting. All attendees are welcomed to attend.

The committee deals with issues concerning both public and private international law. It is also actively working to enhance the ability of the general practitioner to “surf” the Internet through a series of ongoing “hands-on” programs. The committee follows the activities involving the Central and Eastern Law Initiative (CEELI) of the ABA.

Small firms and solo practitioners globally are becoming more and more involved in legal, economics, social, administrative, security, financial, management, issues within an international context. Although more structured firms tend to concentrate globally, heading for the consolidation of very large concerns spanning five continents, we are in fact experiencing more involvement by small firms in international deals, litigation, and consultancy at large.

The ABA GPSolo Division and particularly the International Law Committee offer members the opportunity to share goodwill, information, liaison to specialists or generalists internationally.

For more information, contact Co-Chairs Susan Burns at or Giuseppe Lorenzo Rosa at or visit please visit the Committee web page.


Member Spotlight

Chisa Putman, GPSolo’s 2013–14 Young Lawyers Fellow


Where do you live?

Rock Hill, SC.


What group do you practice with as an attorney?

As of March 1st, I am now with SC Legal Services in Rock Hill.


How long have you been practicing law?

4 years and 4 months.


When I was young, I wanted . . .

To be an attorney. I’ve wanted to be an attorney since I was in 4th grade watching Perry Mason.


What is your favorite part of your role as an attorney?

I love helping those who would not otherwise have the resources to obtain assistance. I also love doing community outreach and getting young people excited about the law.


What in your profession are you most passionate about as an attorney?

Assisting indigent clients and getting young people interested and excited about the legal profession.


How long have you been a member of the ABA?

Since 2010.


What ABA sections or groups do you belong to?

YLD, Family Law, GPSolo.


What do you find most valuable about the ABA?

I think one of the most valuable assets of the ABA is the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country and share ideas and visions.


How has ABA benefited you personally or professionally?

Personally, I have made friends from various demographics of whom I would likely have not made contact with in my little “box” in South Carolina. Professionally, I’ve made numerous contacts across the country with varying degrees of experience in different areas of practice. I actually had a colleague from California refer me a Family Law case in Rock Hill, SC.


Do you belong to any other professional organizations?

CBLA–ABA Steering Committee; NAWJ, Amicus Judicii Member; York County Bar Association, Secretary; Committee Chair & 16th Circuit Representative, SC YLD; Board of Directors, SC Bar YLD Foundation; Board of Directors, Keystone Substance Abuse ; Board of Directors, York County Habitat for Humanity.


Other awards or honors?

2013 Citizen of the Year, Kappa Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

2013 SC Bar Leadership Academy Graduate

2013 SC Bar YLD President’s Award

2013-14 ABA Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy Graduate

2013-14 ABA GPSolo Fellow

2013-14 ABA YLD Scholar

Chisa J. Putman

SC Legal Services

214 Johnson Street

Rock Hill, SC 29730

Phone 803-327-9001

Fax 803-327-7105



Tips for Members

Top Ten Reasons to Join a GPSolo Division Committee

10. Different Perspectives – the different perspectives you observe help make you a better lawyer.

9.   Networking – provides invaluable resource should you need to consult with a fellow GPSolo.

8.   Friendships – friendships do arise from committees.

7.   Leadership Opportunities – gain networking, speaking and leadership opportunities.

6.   Service – allows you to promote the profession along with specific area of interest.

5.   Planning – each Committee has its own “Program for Action.”

4.   Updates – stay current and be informed on issues impacting the profession.

3.   Brainstorming – a venue for open conversation to listen, learn and discuss ideas from each other.

2.   Professionalism – contribute to an organization dedicated to the highest degree of professionalism.

And the number one reason you should join an ABA GPSolo Division Committee…

1.  32 GPSolo Division Committees to choose from focused on specific practice areas!


Welcome to Our Newest GPSolo Members!

The ABA GPSolo is pleased to welcome 314 new members in March. You can connect with your new colleagues by searching for them in our Member Directory. Thanks for helping us to welcome the newest additions to your 19,000-strong-and-growing Division. GPSolo is your ABA home!

See the list here.


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