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Spotlight on ... the BBA Solo/Small Firm Since 2003, the Solo/Small Firm Section of the BBA has benefitted members by offering free CLEs, hosting social functions to encourage networking opportunities, supporting various charitable causes in the Birmingham area, and offering special programs and materials to assist members in maintaining and growing their practices. Currently, the Solo/Small Firm Section is the only section offering twelve CLE credits during each calendar year to section members at no cost, which fulfills the Alabama State Bar CLE requirement. Leslie Wright, who is organizing our CLE program this year, has composed a diverse agenda that includes topics on substantive law, ethics, technology and marketing. Emphasis is placed on choosing speakers and topics that will benefit solo and small firm lawyers in their every-day practices. The Solo/Small Firm Section is one of the most active sections of the BBA, hosting many annual events, including the “Ott” Dog luncheon featuring Judge John Ott, the Softball with Judges Picnic on May 3rd at historic Rickwood Field, the “Ought-Not” luncheon featuring Tony McLain on August 22nd, the Tech Seminar on September 19th, the Judge’s Reception and the Annual Section Holiday Party. We are proud to announce a new event for 2013 - a Gumbo Cook-Off to raise funds for the purchase of fans to benefit senior citizens during Tim Smith, Chair, BBA Solo/Small Firm Section BBA Solo/Small Firm Section Section the extreme heat of summer. This year’s Gumbo Cook-Off will take place at the Avondale Brewery beer garden and teams entered in the contest will be judged for best gumbo and team spirit. The Cook- Off is scheduled for the evening of Friday, May 17th. All attorneys, family members and friends who are at least 21 years of age are welcome to attend. This event will offer exceptional gumbo created by local solo attorneys, law firms and BBA sections as well as unique beverages made at the brewery. This will be a great opportunity to celebrate your “inner-Cajun” with fellow attorneys, family and friends – all for a wonderful cause! Be sure to check the Birmingham Bar Association’s weekly e-mails for additional information about the Gumbo Cook-Off and other Solo/ Small Firm Section events. In addition to our CLE courses and events, several new projects are underway. An interactive CD of sample legal forms and pleadings in many practice areas such as domestic relations, criminal, commercial and personal injury law will be available for purchase this summer. Also, a Solo/Small Firm Section Directory which will include a client referral program for section members will be available this spring. The Solo/Small Firm Section has historically been dedicated to helping those less fortunate and in need by supporting various local charities through fundraising efforts as well as supplying legal services for several Birmingham area Pro Bono programs, and that tradition continues in 2013. Membership in the Solo/Small Firm Section has proven to be valuable by providing lawyers that share common challenges and goals the opportunity to develop relationships and profit from the useful knowledge gained through our many events and programs. While our name implies that membership is solely for solo and small firm attorneys, any member of the Birmingham Bar Association is welcome to join and enjoy the benefits of membership. It is an honor to have been chosen to chair the Solo/Small Firm Section, and I extend my sincere appreciation to all section members who are working diligently to make all of our events, CLEs and other programs successful and our section so dynamic, fun and advantageous to its members. Please feel free to contact me at (205) 823-1650 or tim@smithlaw.org. G Contributor Tim Smith Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2013 31


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