General-Solo-Small Firm Practitioners Section

This section provides its members with programs designed to further the professionalism, prestige and effectiveness of the practitioner. Members receive notice of legislation and other issues affecting them through the section’s newsletter.

Wilson Worley, PC
PO Box 88
Kingsport, TN 37662
Immediate Past Chair
Law Office of Samuel J. Gowin
3419 Alta Vista Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37411

TBA Members Speak at Indigent Task Force Meeting in Cookeville

Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville today hosted the sixth meeting of the Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force’s statewide listening tour. TBA members Bridget Wilhite and Lisa Cothron attended the meeting and shared their personal stories of practicing in rural communities and appointments of juvenile and criminal indigent clients. It was noted that in McMinn County, less than two dozen attorneys are available for appointments and there is often a caseload burden in addition to costs not being covered by the current compensation rate and caps. About 30 people from the judicial system attended today’s meeting along with task force members: Nashville School of Law Dean William Koch, DarKenya Waller, Susan Matson, Dwight Tarwater, Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Lela Hollabough. The task force wraps up its statewide tour in Nashville on July 29 at the Nashville School of Law.

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Message from the Incoming Chair

As the incoming chair of the General, Solo and Small Practitioners Section for the 2016-2017 bar year, I cordially invite you to join us June 15-18 at the annual TBA Convention in Nashville at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. In particular, please make plans to attend the General, Solo and Small Practitioners Section meeting on Friday, June 17, at 9 a.m. in the Cheekwood Room.

We will discuss plans for the upcoming TBA year, including executive council involvement, continuing legal education and networking opportunities. As a section member, we welcome your attendance, participation and suggestions as to how we can make the section stronger and a more valuable resource to you and your practice.

Topics for discussion include:

  • A Day in the Life of a GSSP lawyer.
  • Running the business – what they never taught you in law school
  • Getting yourself some business – direct and indirect methods
  • Employees (1) – keeping the good ones, culling the others
  • Employees (2) – policies, taxes, unemployment, insurance, their rights, your rights, clients’ rights
  • "Da” Building – Location, appearance, maintenance, insurance.
  • Insurance – Professional liability, notary bond, building liability, agent bond.
  • Taxes and Dues – Withholding, quarterly self employment payments, privilege, franchise, law license, TBA
  • Clients. Tips on setting the tone, best strategies to solve problems, caring vs not caring, getting the job done, adios or hasta la vista.
  • When trouble comes – bad cases, bad clients, bad lawyers, bad judges, no cash to pay bills. Tips on what to do.
  • Pro Bono – it’s just part of daily life of a GSSP lawyer.
  • Staff – rejoicing in the good times, pulling each other through in the bad times.
  • The money – budgeting, economizing, prioritizing spending, timing purchases. Doing without.
  • The advantages of “coming up tough” -- overcoming adversity.     
  • Cultivating what you like doing, eliminating what you don’t like doing as a GSSP attorney.

 I look forward to serving as your chair and hope to see you at the TBA Convention in Nashville.

Jim Romer

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