Small Law Firm Center
The Association has many constituencies; they include lawyers in private practice, corporate counsel, government lawyers,
lawyers in public interest and other not-for-profit organizations, retired lawyers, academics and the judiciary. The sphere of
private practice ranges from lawyers in large, multi-office law firms to solo and small firm practitioners. Roughly 6,000 of the
Association's 21,000 members fall into the latter category. While solo and small firm practitioners enjoy many of the membership
benefits, such as insurance, made available by the Association, it has become increasingly apparent that these benefits do not fully
meet all of the particular requirements of this group. We will henceforth address those needs through the Association's newly
established Small Law Firm Center.
After eliciting through a survey that solo and small firm practitioners were interested in the creation of a cluster of resources that
would focus on their distinctive needs, the Committee on Small Law Firm Management, then chaired by Joseph Handlin,
recommended that the Association create a Small Law Firm Center. An Executive Committee subcommittee, chaired by Roger
Maldonado, worked with the Committee on Small Law Firm Management, now chaired by Richard Kestenbaum, to identify the
services that were in greatest demand among solo and small-firm practitioners, to devise the most effective means of providing
those services, and to prepare a budget for doing so.
The end product of this intensive, two-year effort is the Small Law Firm Center, to be situated on the third floor adjacent to the
Tech Center and the Library. The depth of the Association's commitment to this endeavor is reflected in the hiring of a full-time
Director of the Center, Carol Seelig, who brings to this new position extensive experience in small firm practice and management.
The Center's program will evolve to provide whatever services our solo and small firm members indicate are important to them. If
you have suggestions as to priorities for the Center, please e-mail Carol Seelig at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are currently
considering offering the following products and services:
íP information on technology hardware and software, as well as the opportunity to experiment with new applications and participate
in group buying programs that will permit members to take advantage of volume purchase discounts;
íP a separate reference library of materials relating to law practice management;
íP a dedicated web page and a listserve to facilitate dissemination of information and communication both with the Center staff and
among members of the Center;
íP assistance to lawyers in filling legal and non-legal employment positions;
íP programs geared to the solo and small firm practitioner, including programs qualifying for CLE credit;
íP networking opportunities that will, among other things, permit lawyers with different practice specialties to assist each other in
solving problems and perhaps to join forces in serving a client's multiple needs; and
íP a general clearinghouse for information on products, services, law practice and management that are particularly relevant to
meeting the needs of solo and small firm practitioners.
Access to the Center will be limited to members of the Association and will be available upon payment of a modest fee. Existing
services will be refined, and new services added, as experience is accumulated.
We hope the Small Law Firm Center will attract new members to the Association, as well as better serve current members. I
personally hope that the establishment of the Center will lay to rest the misguided notion that the Association is interested in
serving only, or even primarily, members in large law firms. The Association aims to serve all branches of the legal profession and
continuously strives to do so more effectively.