Members of the GPSolo Division: Exciting Opportunity to Participate in Solo Day 2010
As you will become aware in the upcoming months, Solo Day 2010, a integral part of the General Practice’s programming at the ABA Annual Convention, is set for August 6th this year in San Francisco. We are looking for “fresh new faces” as well as “old hands” to participate in Solo Day and become speakers at several of the integrated seminars that will be presented. This year, we are going to focus on the new/young lawyer who has decided to take the plunge and set up a law office; a daunting task in and of itself. Therefore, we are looking for new/young/old attorneys willing to be on an interactive panel on the trials and tribulations of what is required to set up your own law office. The second integrated seminar will then focus on operating the office itself once you are up and running. We are looking for experienced solo and small firm practitioners willing to share their experiences in the actual day-to-day operations of a successful law office. Here are the outlines of the two seminars, and we are asking for members of the GP Division to step up and volunteer for these two panels. If you are interested, please send an email to Larry Feinstein, Chair of Solo Day 2010, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and give him a very short bio and your contact information.
Practicing The Practice of Law: Part I
The art of practicing law in a solo or small firm setting. Basic nuts and bolts in setting up and operating a solo or small firm law office. An overview of what equipment to buy/lease, computers, copiers, postage machines. What is in the marketplace for basic software needed to keep track of calendars, billing, word processing. The importance of backing up data, and where (off-site “clouds” vs. external drives.] What staff to hire and when: secretary, file clerk, paralegals, and what you should be paying in the market place. Advertising, Yellow Pages, and getting your name out there. Basic malpractice insurance needs. A primer in setting up the practice of law.
Practicing the Practice of Law: Part II
The office is now set up, and clients are actually coming in. How to not work 14-hour days since you don’t have staff and operate as a solo: basics in client and office management. How to juggle client telephone calls, appointments, court hearings when you are a sole practitioner and there are only 24 hours in the day. Office survival tips and ideas. Computer research tools, and best use of software to manage your practice: Microsoft Office and WordPerfect, Adobe PDF, billing software, calendaring software, Westlaw, and other online research tools. How to get temporary help, Ruby Receptionists, contract secretaries, and contract attorneys when needed. What do clients expect from you, and how to deliver it when you are doing all the work yourself.
Please do consider joining us in St. Thomas, May 13–15, 2010, for our Spring Conference as we merge with the ABA Young Lawyers Division and the St. Thomas Bar Association for a truly joint meeting. At this juncture, we are now putting the final touches on phenomenal programming with ample CLE opportunities in St. Thomas. We will, however, also ensure that the schedule allows you to enjoy St. Thomas, St. John, and the other exciting venues. Reserve a hotel room now to take advantage of the discounted rate of $200 s/d.
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
6500 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
For more information about the meeting and to register please click here.
Spotlight on Electronic Discovery: What Every Attorney Should Know | Tuesday, March 16, 2010 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (E)
Moderator: Jacques Nack Ngue, CISA, Founder and President, eClaris eDiscovery Consultants, Los Angeles, CA
Speakers: Sheryl Katz, Attorney, Forensic Certified Anaylst EnCE, eClaris eDiscovery Consultants, Los Angeles, CA
Michael Swarz, Vice President Marketing and Operations, eClaris eDiscovery Consultants, Los Angeles, CA
To register: http://www.abanet.org/cle/programs/t10sed1.html