Solos Supporting Solos of Houston
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Solos Supporting Solos was formed in Houston in 1994 by Attorney
Jimmy Brill. Its purpose is to provide a support organization for
attorneys who work alone. Jimmy got the idea for a support group
while serving on a special task force of the American Bar
Association that dealt with the needs and concerns of solo and small
practitioners. He learned of a large group of solo practitioners in
Atlanta that had banded together in a support organization, and
thought this concept would also work in Houston.
Many solo practitioners have no one to talk to about their problems and feel that no one really cares. Feelings of isolation have become more common as technology has opened opportunities through the computer and the internet, resulting in more time spent alone.
Solos Supporting Solos was established by Jimmy with a small group of fellow solo practitioners who meet every month to discuss legal topics, exchange information, and advise and mentor newer lawyers. They meet in a cafeteria that is open for breakfast, where they hold their meetings in a special section of the cafeteria. This has made it possible to invite speakers on various topics after the meeting.
There is no formal membership and anyone is welcome to attend. The meetings begin by letting each person stand and make a personal introduction, including their office location and the nature of their practice. Announcements are made following the introductions, and after the announcements the floor is open for a discussion of problems and opportunities.
Currently Solos Supporting Solos meetings are held at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the cafeteria at the Wortham Tower, 2727 Allen Parkway. A Dutch treat breakfast is available before the meeting, starting at 6:30 a.m. when the cafeteria opens.
●The Wortham Tower is near the intersection of Allen Parkway and Waugh Drive. It is the most easterly (nearest to downtown) building in the American General Complex.
●The easiest way is to be going east (toward town) on the Allen Parkway Feeder Road.
●If you come from the west, go under Waugh drive and take the Studemont-Montrose exit.
●If you are coming from Waugh Drive, turn east on the feeder road. If you’re coming from town, make a U-turn at Waugh Drive.
●Regardless of your route, proceed to Entrance 4 and turn to your right. The first building you encounter will be the Wortham Tower.
●The nearest parking is an open air visitor’s lot on your left, but you can use any visitor parking area in the entire complex. If you stay outside of the gated area, parking is free.