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Solo/Small Firm Practice Steve Goozee A True “No Brainer”... The Birmingham Bar Solo/Small Firm Practice Section: The Best $30 You Will Ever Spend When I went solo in 2007, one of the first things I did was join the Solo/Small Firm Practice Section of the Birmingham Bar. I have served the section as a Board member or Officer each year since, and I am here to tell you that it was one of the best decisions I have made in my 30-year legal career. This year, I am honored to serve as the Section Chair. We are one of the largest sections of the Bar with consistently well over 300 members, and there are some very good reasons for that. This year, I would like to see our section membership expand further and the reason I am writing this article is to give you some very good reasons you should join us. Section dues are only $30.00 annually, but what you get out of it is what makes this a “no-brainer” decision, even if you don’t join at the very beginning of the year when dues are usually paid. The $30.00 section fee can pay for ALL of your required CLEs, including ethics. On the second Wednesday of each month, we put on an hour lunch time CLE with a wide variety of very interesting topics and great speakers. Lunch is sponsored and usually served at 11:30 a.m. at the Bar center with the CLE going from noon to 1:00 pm. The lunches themselves are worth attending, but you get your CLE hours in, to boot. We also sponsor 2 lunch time gourmet hot dog lunches prepared by our own chef Charles Allen. In the spring, we have the “Ott Dog Luncheon” CLE featuring Federal Judge John Ott giving an annual update of the goings-on at the federal courthouse. In the Fall, we have the “Ought Not Hot Dog Luncheon” CLE featuring counsel from the State Bar giving an ethics seminar which takes care of our yearly one hour ethics requirement. In October, we host a sitting Supreme Court Justice (most recently, Justice Mike Bolin) to give a one hour update on Supreme Court happenings, followed by a catered judicial reception honoring our local and state judges. This reception has graciously been sponsored by Cory Watson Attorneys over the past few years. With what other section can you get all these CLE hours, great food and drink for only $30.00? If you are interested in either sponsoring or presenting (or both) at one of our monthly CLEs, please contact our Chair-elect, Cedrick Coleman at cdcoleman@maylegalGroup. com. Fantastic Social Events The CLEs and luncheons alone make an easy case for joining our section, but we also host some other great social events throughout the year. In March, we have our Spring Membership Drive party that has been hosted by Mickey and the late Mike Turner of Freedom Court Reporting for many years at their lovely home. This event is catered with excellent food, and includes beer, wine, soft drinks and music. Last year we replaced our annual Softball Challenge barbecue (featuring a game between the judges and the lawyers at historic Rickwood field), with a catered corn hole tournament at a local establishment. We also have an “End of Summer Party” at a Birmingham Baron’s game which is catered and has been sponsored by our friends at Hare Wynn during the past few years. Finally, we have our Christmas Party in early December that is also catered and usually at a local bar such as Rogue Tavern or Carrigan’s Public House. Last year the party was hosted by Pittman, Dutton and Hellums. Need I say more? Networking Section membership is an excellent way to network with other lawyers, both professionally and socially. Our membership’s practices are as diverse as one could imagine and communications amongst members often results in referrals and an ability to offer and receive valuable advice, forms, and feedback. Section membership includes access to a listserv which is available to all section members and is an invaluable tool to communicate about section events and your practice. Continued on page 25 24 Birmingham Bar Association


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