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The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division, which represents the largest group of lawyers in the United States, asks its members to do something for the profession, their communities and themselves. With a membership of more than 30,000 and growing, the GP/Solo division serves as the voice of Main Street lawyers. The division helps lawyers in solo practice or in firms with five or fewer members build thriving practices by providing the tools, information and services these lawyers need to do their best work. The fourth largest of the American Bar Association’s sections and divisions, the GP/Solo division was created to provide information and assistance to solo and small-firm lawyers, to help them effectively meet the needs of their clients. These lawyers need information on a broad spectrum of substantive issues, ranging from bankruptcy to family law to estate planning. They also need to know about the business of law in order to succeed in today’s competitive environment. The division helps lawyers with both. On specialized issues, the division functions as a gateway for members to other areas of the ABA. Along with their division membership, we offer the opportunity for GP/Solo members to join as many as three substantive committees. Committees are organized under five practice law groups: business law, estate and financial planning, family law, litigation and real estate. On business-related topics, we offer tips on technology, starting and running a law firm, research tools, buying professional liability insurance � and discounts on computer equipment, copiers and payroll processing. Our publications � online and in print � provide additional resources. One of our products, The Lawyer’s Toolkit, includes the Attorney and Law Firm Guide to the Business of Law; Letters for Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Prospects and Others; How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers; and Exercise Your Options: Evaluating, Selecting and Budgeting Case Management Software through a combination of books and audio CDs. This kit is ideal for a beginning lawyer or for a lawyer who is embarking on a solo career. Our SoloSez listserv is the water cooler of our division. Known to its members as “The Firm,” SoloSez lets members exchange information, ask for referrals, request clarification or share insights. We offer information on trends in our Buzz newsletter, as well as a quarterly Technology eReport that we e-mail to division members and podcasts on technical topics. We devote two issues of our monthly GP/SOLO Magazine to technology and practices issues. Recent topics have included privacy and security, the Internet and the practice of law and high-tech collaboration. At the same time we want to help our members obtain the greatest return for their investment in time, talent and technology, our goal is to break down the barriers between our division and other sections by making the division � through its Solo Center � the point of entry for our members into the ABA. Collectively, our members represent a significant number of lawyers, and our role is to help answer their practice questions and provide them with a group of colleagues. We believe the number of solo and small firm practitioners is growing as more lawyers see the advantages of professional independence. Today technology advances make it possible for lawyers to do legal research online, to electronically file documents and to maintain contact with clients with cellphones and e-mail. While we are here to offer resources for them, we remind them that by doing something for the profession and their communities, they are doing something for themselves. Keith B. McLennan is the incoming chair of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division. He is a partner at Miller, Turetsky, Rule & McLennan, a full-service, general practice firm in Collegeville, Pa., serving clients throughout the state. For more information, see www.abanet.org/genpractice.

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