New York State Bar to Receive ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division 2011 Solo and Small Firm Project Award
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23, 2011 – The American Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division honored the New York State Bar Association with the 2011 Solo and Small Firm Project Award. The award recognizes bar leaders and associations for their successful implementation of a project or program specifically targeted to solo and small firm lawyers. The award was presented to the NYSBA’s Law Practice Management Department at a luncheon during the division’s 2011 Spring Meeting in St. Louis on May 13.
The NYSBA presented a full-day continuing legal education program, “Building a Successful Solo/Small firm Practice: Taking Steps to Achieve Success” on Nov. 8, 2010 in Manhattan and Albany (via videoconference). Highlights included discussions of how solo and small firm lawyers can effectively use social media, practical tips on how to establish and grow a law practice, and ways to deal with ethical issues that may arise.
The program was designed after the bar association surveyed member and non-member solo and small firm practitioners throughout the state to determine what educational programs might be useful. By developing a teleconference link to Albany, practitioners in both areas of the state were able to participate in question-and-answer dialogues with speakers and a group hypothetical problem-solving session.
The NYSBA also invited minority, ethnic and women’s bar associations to participate and contribute speakers to the event. Twelve associations agreed to co-sponsor the program and publicize it to their members, thus enabling the NYSBA to extend its reach to a greater number of diverse attorneys throughout the state.
The ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division is the only ABA entity exclusively devoted to solo practitioners and small firm lawyers. The division, with approximately 25,000 members, serves as the voice of the “Main Street lawyer.” Solo and small firm practitioners represent half of the nation’s lawyers, and the GPSolo division provides a community for them within the ABA.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
West, a Thomson Reuters business, is a primary sponsor of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Project Award and a co-sponsor of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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