Friday, October 14, 2011
Web Site 201: Ditch the Tired (and Ineffective) Old Web Site (NON-CLE)
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Smartphones for Lawyers: Choosing, Managing and Securing Them
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
David Ries and John Simek
There is a blinding array of smartphones for attorneys to choose from (operating systems, manufacturers, models, etc.). Which is the right phone for you – and your firm? Are there problems with multiple smartphone types in a single firm? Which is the best network? Should you have a smartphone policy? Is it ok to allow personal smartphones to sync to your network? What are the security concerns? Our experts will present you with a wide array of considerations for selecting, managing and securing smartphones – bring your questions!
Google for Lawyers
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m
Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch
From advanced Google search tips and hidden Google search tricks to free "cloud" productivity tools, Google’s features and tools (almost all free) can help you compete with large law firm tech and research budgets.
Internationally recognized speakers and authors Carole Levitt, JD, MLS, and Mark Rosch will showcase the best Google features and tools for legal professionals and show you how to put them to use to become more efficient and effective than you ever thought possible.
This seminar will be based on the presenters’ latest book, Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools, published by the ABA Law Practice Management Section.
You will learn to:
- Find and use Google’s hidden and advanced search features
- Maximize Google’s free "cloud" productivity tools:
- Google Voice
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Language Translators
- Uncover who’s visiting your website and how they got there
Every Lawyer's Goal: Avoiding Malpractice (Ethics)
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Dan Pinnington and Rodney Dowell
Do you know where your greatest risks of a malpractice claim come from? It isn’t a failure to know or apply substantive law – it comes from poor lawyer/client communications and sloppy time/task management. And lawyers at all sizes of firms make the same types of mistakes in roughly the same proportion. People and systems breakdown in the same ways on Wall Street, Main Street, and everywhere in between. Come to this session to learn where claims happen, why claims happen, and most importantly, how to implement risk management strategies and techniques that will help reduce the likelihood of a claim being made against you. This session will change the way you practice and help you get more sleep at night.
60 Law Firm Finance Tips
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Natalie Kelly, George Leloudis, Jim Calloway, and Sheila Blackford
You may be an expert in the law, but do you have the expertise to run a financially successful practice? Let’s face it, your practice is a business and needs a healthy bottom line. Working more hours is not the answer.
This practical, information-packed program will address the principles of law practice financial management and give you key strategies for improving your bottom line. The panel of experts will also describe ethical best practices that can keep you away from client complaints, including cash flow management, client trust accounting, pricing, and billing. Join us for this program and learn how your practice can be more productive and profitable.