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May 23, 2011

STATE BAR ASSOCIATION WINS ABA SOLO AND SMALL FIRM AWARD

The American Bar Association has recognized the New York State Bar Association with its 2011 Solo and Small Firm Project Award for the program, "Building A Successful Solo/Small Firm Practice: Taking Steps to Achieve Success."
 
"Fifty-six percent of our 77,000 members practice in solo and small-firm settings. We are committed to helping these members by providing practical solutions and educational programs to meet their needs. This award recognizes our commitment," said State Bar President Stephen P. Younger of New York City (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler).

"Building a Practice" was designed to help solo and small-firm lawyers make their existing practices thrive. Topics included: "Using a Website and Social Media to Build Your Practice;" "The Future of Solo and Small Firm Practice;" and "Running Your Practice Efficiently: Best Practices for Solos." Nineteen speakers and two moderators participated.

"The New York State Bar Association has truly made a difference in the legal community. It has worked tirelessly where the only reward was the satisfaction of a job well done. It is fitting that we further honor their extraordinary accomplishments," said Joseph A. DeWoskin (Waits, Brownlee, Berger & DeWoskin), chair of the ABA General Practice Solo Division.

The full-day program was offered live on November 8, 2010, in New York City and in Albany, via videoconference. It was recorded and made available for later viewing. Twelve minority, ethnic and women's bar associations co-sponsored the event. Eighty-five percent of the 147 attendees rated the program, "excellent" or "good."

Past State Bar President Robert Ostertag of Poughkeepsie (Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner) and Law Practice Management Committee Chair Gary Munneke of White Plains (Pace Law School) accepted the award on May 13, 2011, in St. Louis, MO, at the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division's Spring Meeting.

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