Organized in 1986, the General Practice Section sponsors programs and publications of general interest, but directs most programs to the sole practitioner and small firm lawyer. The section serves as a forum for the exchange of practical ideas and information on how to effectively manage and practice law. Each fall, the section sponsors a "First-Day in Practice" seminar for all newly-licensed lawyers in conjunction with the Admissions Ceremony sponsored by the Young Lawyers Conference. The section also publishes a newsletter several times a year, and sponsors an Annual Meeting CLE program. To recognize a general practitioner who has achieved distinction in public service, the section presents its "Tradition of Excellence Award" each year during the State Bar's Annual Meeting.