Greetings From the Chair

Hi, my name is Abimbola Salu, and I am the Chair of the TBA General, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Section for 2013 - 2014. I practice law with my husband at Salu & Salu Law Firm, PLLC in Southaven, Mississippi.  In addition, I have two daughters who are also attorneys licensed in the State of Florida. At dinner, we have enough lawyers to hold a CLE!

You may guess from my name that I was “transplanted” to the USA from Nigeria. Before then I practiced and taught Law for many years. One thing I have learned about the USA is that it is indeed a land of opportunities.  It doesn’t matter how you got to this country—whether your ancestors came in the “Mayflower”, whether you were born here, or you arrived by plane or walked across the border, you have the opportunity to write your own history. The American Dream is alive and well, and the only limitation you have is You!

I took over the leadership of this Section in June 2013 and I have been privileged to meet so many people I otherwise would not have met. In August 2013, our Section produced the annual General Practice Summit in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. The Nashville Program offered 28 topics in a Dual Track CLE that allowed attorneys to choose and pick the topics they wanted. The Knoxville and Memphis programs offered 7 hours of CLE with an additional 8 hours of Online CLE.  All in all, it was a very successful program and the feedback we received was very frank and encouraging.

In October 2013, I was invited to Lexington, Kentucky for the ABA National Bar Leaders Dialogue. It was another wonderful opportunity to meet with Bar Leaders of Solo, Small Firms and General Practice sections from across the country and compare notes on what our Section is doing to improve Solo Practice.  As it turns out, the “TBA Today” which is sent to lawyers 5 days a week in Tennessee, received rave reviews as a great resource and several Bar leaders said they will introduce the idea to their Bar Associations!  Kudos to the TBA Staff for the wonderful work they do, especially in getting the “TBA Today” out to us every day.

Finally, as we all know, a Solo Practice can be overwhelming at times, especially when you need answers to pressing questions. I have found the “TBA Link” an invaluable resource and I urge you to sign up if you have not done so. There, you can post questions and receive answers to your legal questions. The TBA recently launched a Mentoring Program for new lawyers with 0 to 3 years of practice. In addition, lawyers with 8 years of practice or more may participate as Mentors.Please sign up online at: www.tba.org/programs/the-tba-mentoring-program if you need a Mentor, or, if you qualify, become a Mentor yourself.

Remember, the practice of law is very stressful. Work / Life balance is very important. Don’t neglect other areas of your life like family and friends. Take time to smell the roses, appreciate a beautiful sunset, or just unwind with a great book or magazine. Don’t forget that a healthy body is a healthy mind.

I wish you the very best in your law practice!

Sincerely,

Abi Salu, Chair
TBA General, Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Section
abisalu@yahoo.com