GPSolo Magazine - March 2005

Section News

General Practice, Solo and Small Firm

2005 Spring Meeting
To be Held in Conjunction with The Young Lawyers Division
May 18-22, 2005
Fontainebleau Hilton
Miami, Florida

The landmark Fontainebleau Hotel is the backdrop for this special meeting. Make your plans now to bring family and friends and enjoy a spring retreat. The hotel is on 20 acres of oceanfront property featuring a grotto pool with cascading waterfalls, a children’s interactive water playland, tennis courts, and cabanas to reserve for a relaxing day. Windsurfing, parasailing, and championship golf are also available. Call the hotel at 800/548-8886 to request a room at the special ABA rate: $149 single or double. The reservation deadline for the special rate is April 30, 2005.

Don’t Miss Solo Day Road Show 2005

Hot Tips for Solos
Friday, May 20, Fontainebleau Hilton, Miami, Florida

Improve efficiency, reduce stress, maximize profitability, and enhance client service. This year’s dynamic presentations will include:

Marketing Your Practice Without Selling Your Soul
Jim Calloway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Many lawyers tend to think of marketing as somewhat distasteful, or they may only think of marketing when business is slow. Many of us have seen unprofessional and “over the top” advertisements for lawyers. But the small firm lawyer can have an effective marketing effort without being crass or unprofessional. This fast-paced program will cover all aspects of marketing, from personal networking to attorney web pages to business cards and e-newsletters. Jim Calloway will show you how to design and implement your own marketing plan.

Zen and the Art of Office Management
Reid Trautz, Washington, D.C.
Being a solo or small firm practitioner is not an excuse for bad management or poor procedures. Here are tips all solo and small practitioners can and should implement to make their practices more relaxing and rewarding.

Rainmaking with Creative Billing
Natalie Thornwell, Atlanta, Georgia
Time, billing, and collecting can be a real pain, but not when you know the secrets that can boost your productivity and cash flow, reduce complaints, and improve your client relations. Don’t believe us? Join us for an hour that will change your mind and the way you do business.

Tips, Tools, Techniques, Gadgets, and Gizmos
Bruce Dorner, Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Dan Coolidge, Warner, New Hampshire
Join Dan and Bruce for a trip down Techno Lane. Hear about what’s hot in software and gadgets, and how to separate the “Gee whiz!” gizmos from the truly useful widgets. Learn from the masters how to find the right technology to improve service to your clients and to make your practice more enjoyable—maybe even improve your bottom line. As always, they’ll cover the tips, tricks, and gadgets along with the legal nooks and crannies of the Internet. This is both a practical and lighthearted look at what’s happening in the technologically proficient solo and small firm law office.

Exciting Spring Meeting Social Events

Thursday, May 19, 2005
“We’re Having a Heat Wave!” Welcome Reception
The Miami Host Committee invites you to join them, and friends old and new, under the stars of Miami for a beach party on the beautiful grounds of the Fontainebleau Hotel. Shed your coat, put on your shorts, and enjoy tropical drinks while listening to the sounds of a Calypso beat under the balmy Miami Beach sky. All conference attendees, guests, and families are encouraged to attend this complimentary welcome reception.

Friday, May 20, 2005
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Join us for a party to remember on Friday evening at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark in Miami and the original winter home of James Deering. Vizcaya, one of South Florida’s most famous attractions, was originally constructed in 1916 on more than 180 acres and was designed to resemble an Italian villa, with incredible architecture, art and furnishings, and rolling gardens that go on for miles. Our enchanted evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Vizcaya estate and gardens, to be followed by dinner, dessert, and dancing overlooking Biscayne Bay. Ticket: $85, includes open bar, dinner, dancing, and transportation. Suggested attire: tropical cocktail (no suits/ties needed).

Saturday, May 21, 2005
After-Dinner Party
Things really heat up once the sun goes down. Make reservations with friends and colleagues for dinner at any one of Miami’s fabulous and diverse restaurants. Then return to the group for one more good time on Miami Beach. Later, the sounds will fill the night on our private patio of the Hotel Astor. After a cocktail and regrouping with friends, venture out with your Host Committee’s list of the beaches, clubs, and hot spots. No ticket necessary, cash bar.

 

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