Volume 20, Number 5 July/August 2003


SECTION NEWS

Solo and Small Firm Day 2003

You won't want to miss Solo and Small Firm Day 2003-99 Tips to Being an Effective Lawyer-on Friday, August 8, from 9:30 A.M. until 5:45 P.M. This year's program will be at the Presidential CLE Centre, Moscone Center South. The sessions will include:

60 Websites in 60 minutes
Carole Levitt is the author of Internet Fact Finder for Lawyers and speaks to audiences throughout the United States about the Internet. The seminar will provide you with low-cost and free websites to save time and money in your practice, including free case law sites that uncover bankruptcies, Social Security numbers, and even your mother's maiden name.

What Color Is Your Undershirt?
Lisa Miller, a consultant and accomplished attorney from California, clarifies the four basic business development approaches for the four basic personality types and prescribes the activities that are the most comfortable for these practitioners.

Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers
Myer Sankary (past chair of the California Solo and Small Firm Division) and Steve Melita will share their secrets for strategic negotiations and settlement advocacy in a very fast-paced program. Mr. Sankary is currently the owner of a mediation service in California and has been in private practice for more than 36 years.
Dos and Don'ts when Dealing with the Media
Sarina Butler (Associate Executive Director of the Communications Group of the ABA) and Gail Alexander White (the coordinator of the efforts of the Chicago and Washington staff of the ABA Division for Media Relations and Communication Services) will conduct a one-hour workshop and share their expertise on how to deal with the media.

60 PDA Tips in 45 minutes
Martin Dean, a California attorney integrally involved with computers and technology, will discuss the need for a personal digital assistant and whether it can replace your laptop.

Using Paralegals for Profitability
Carolyn Yellis, a paralegal since 1983, will provide an overview of how to best utilize your paralegal. Joining Ms. Yellis will be Kimberly K. Larsen, an attorney with 15 years' experience representing clients in employment, business, and real estate disputes as both a transactional attorney and a litigator/mediator.

Ethics and Client Trust Accounting
This program explaining how to keep records using QuickBooks will be presented by Mark Tuft (a senior partner with Cooper, White & Cooper, LLP, in San Francisco) and Myer Sankary. The program will concentrate on the ethical obligations associated with handling clients' funds and property.

Networking Reception-How to Use Your Gift of Gab to Network Effectively
After a long day of learning, join us for a "working" networking reception led by Nancy Meeks, an expert in effective networking. Ms. Meeks will teach us the common networking "tricks" to use at a cocktail party. After learning her secrets, we will test them out at a reception co-sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners. For additional information, please contact the Section at 312/988-5640 or visit our website at www.abanet.org/genpractice.

Section Headquarters at Annual Meeting
Our Section will be headquartered in the beautiful Hotel Nikko in the heart of San Francisco, just steps from Union Square, great shopping, and the theater district. Within walking distance you will find the Moscone Center, the Museum of Modern Art, South of Market (SOMA), and the financial district. If you want to venture out to see more of San Francisco, use the BART, MUNI, and cable cars located less than two blocks away. If you want more information on local attractions, feel free to stop by the Section staff office located on the second floor of the Nikko.
See you in San Fran!


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