The General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section
of the State Bar of Texas

Our section devotes its energies primarily to the interests of lawyers who practice as solos and in small firms. We have been active for more than 40 years. Our section publishes a Digest and co-sponsors an annual Institute for general practitioners as well as other CLE programs. Our section has played a leadership role in several State Bar initiatives. Members of our Council are active on State Bar Committees, Task Forces, and the State Bar Board of Directors. We are active and serious advocates of policies and practices important to small firms, and we report on issues important to all lawyers.

We show up. Join us.
Go to
this page, follow the instructions and links and sign up online. Or download this form from the State Bar and send it in.

The General Practice Digest
Our 36th year to cover the essentials of 16 areas of law.

Document Bank
Give some help; get some help.

Section Directory
Use this link to the Directory after you have set up your account.

Practice Tips

Issues
Policies and politics that affect the small firm.

Calendar
Important dates for the section and the Bar.

Chair's Letter

Council
Members of the Section Council are listed
here. Please contact us and let us know your concerns.

Links

Contacts
e-mail the Chair

email the webmaster


2016 Bar Convention CLE Program
Please be sure to take advantage of our annual Convention CLE program. You will find the program here.

Support our Resolutions at the Bar Convention
These are the Section's Resolutions approved at last year's annual meeting.

Sunset Review
The old bugaboo of "Sunset" is besetting us again. A Commission has been set up to make recommendations about various agencies and legislation that sunsets if not renewed. Renewal always brings out those with a modification agenda and the proposed renewal of the State Bar is no different. A copy of the executive summary of Commission staff's recommendations is here and we urge you to read it because it changes things. If you want to dig deeper, review the back-up documents located here. Prominent is the lead recommendation to take away your right to vote (Referenda -- remember those?) on State Bar rules changes. Whether you favor or oppose this proposal or the others, we urge you to make your voice heard.

The Spring 2016 General Practice Digest is Online
If you are a member you you may read it online or download a copy. Click the link above or to the right and go to the sign-in page.

What would you do if...
... you represent one of the parties to a same-sex divorce and the State wants to intervene in the case on appeal? Can the State jump in at this point?

... your client "inherits" a phone number from a dead-beat and gets automated collection calls? Can you sue the caller and get damages? Do things change if your client "answers" the calls with voice mail?

... your client signs a contract with an arbitration provision that allows the other party to amend after signing? Does the arbitration provision hold under those circumstances?

... your client owns land with a creek running through it and the creek now overflows from the runoff caused by nearby highway construction? Does your client have a cause for compensable taking?

The answers are in the
Digest.
   For more tips remember to go to our
Practice Tips page.

Section Directory
You said you wanted it, so we've done it. Members have indicated that they would like to know others in the Section so they can link to particular practice areas, interests and expertise or make reliable referrals in places where they may not know anyone. It's completely voluntary to participate and the information confidential to other Section members. Click this link to get started.

Document Bank
We have implemented a document bank. If you have a pleading, brief, form or checklist that you would like to share with the other members of the GPSolo Section, post it here. You will also find papers presented at April's General Practice Institute at Baylor Law School

Special notice about email
Distribution of our Digest is exclusively online. We send you an email notice when a new Digest is published,
so that you can review it or download it on your time and we don't fill your email box with a large PDF. Remember, when you paid your dues, you agreed to receive email from us unless we hear from you to the contrary. Every once in a while we get a spam complaint from one of our members. Please don't do that. Just notify the webmaster and he'll take you off the list. If you complain that we are spammers to your ISP, you simply jeopardize the notice to others, and we will remove you from the website database.


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