Solo/Small Firm Assistance - Bar Committees

Alabama

The Birmingham Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section focuses on providing support for its membership through free CLE programs each month, the sharing of management and marketing ideas, networking opportunities and social events throughout the year.

Arizona

State Bar of Arizona Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section: the general purpose of this section shall be the promotion of the objects of the State Bar of Arizona within the practice of law by sole practitioners and members of small firms.

Maricopa County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section focuses on the needs of solo and small firms with up to 10 members. Its goal is to keep members informed about the latest developments in law and legislation that most affect their practices, and provide business management and marketing best practices information. By sponsoring CLEs and other events, the section benefits members through CLE discounts and informal networking opportunities.

Arkansas

Arkansas Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and Practice Management Section promotes the interest, knowledge, and network of members of the Arkansas Bar Association in solo or small law firm practice conducting educational programs dealing with various aspects of a general practice of law for solo and small firms by disseminating information on current developments and trends specific to solos and small firms through publication of a newsletter and otherwise; by assisting in the drafting of proposed legislation within the jurisdiction of the Section; and by providing members the opportunity to participate in each of these activities.

California

State Bar of California Solo and Small Firm Section provides a forum for solo practitioners, both specialists and those with a general practice, and for all other attorneys with a general practice. It presents programs and publications which serve these practitioners.

Beverly Hills Bar Association Solo, Small Firm Law Practice Management Section helps attorneys practice ethically, productively, and more profitably.

Contra Costa County Bar Association Solo Practice & Small Firm Section evolved from the recognition that many sole and small firm practitioners desired and at times needed the camaraderie, intellectual stimulation, and informational exchange that attorneys generally find in larger law firms. By having consistent networking and fellowship opportunities, the Section has evolved into a collegial organization resembling a "firm," with specialists in various fields both willing and able to offer assistance to other Section members.

Los Angeles County Bar Association Small Firm and Sole Practitioner Section is focused on the unique needs and special concerns of sole and small firm practitioners. The section develops programs and materials, provides opportunities to network, and comments on current legal issues from the vantage point of the sole and small firm practitioners.

Orange County Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Section provides programs which guide attorneys regarding successful ways to operate a law practice more efficiently and cost effectively.

Riverside County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section focuses on topics and speakers that cater to the unique needs and interests of the solo practitioner and those in small firms. The section meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month.

The San Diego County Bar Association Law Practice Management & Marketing Section addresses matters of concern to small law practices and solo practitioners, including management and cost effective measures, and acts as a forum for members to share experiences. This Section shall provide a forum for members to get together to discuss various ways to market the practice of law. Emphasis will focus on networking, brochures and other forms of marketing.

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association Small Firm & Sole Practitioner Section meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 noon.

The San Joaquin County Bar Association Law Practice Management & Technology Section promotes the education and training of members in the areas of law practice management and technology.

Santa Clara County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Executive Committee and Member Toolbox provide support for law practice management.

Ventura County Bar Association Solo Law Firm Section

Colorado

Colorado Bar Association Solo-Small Firm Practice Section addresses in a practical fashion the unique needs of solo practitioners and attorneys in small firms. The section emphasis is on practical programs dealing with the nuts and bolts of owning one's own law practice, rather than on business meetings and formal structure.

Boulder County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Committee

Connecticut

Connecticut Bar Association Small Firm Practice Management Section enhances the practice of lawyers engaged in the solo and small firm practice of law, through communication, study, collection, development, and dissemination of material on subjects of interest and concern to the solo and small firm practitioner, in cooperation with other Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, gearing its activities to basic principles and procedures and utilizing publications, meetings, seminars, committees, and other suitable media for this end, thereby promoting the objectives or goals of the Connecticut Bar Association.

The Hartford County Bar Association Solo/Small Practice Committee

Delaware

Delaware State Bar Association Small Firms & Solo Practitioners Section furthers the interests of Delaware attorneys practicing in small firms or as solo practitioners, increasing each member's expertise and client base by offering intragroup support and referrals.

DC

District of Columbia Bar Law Practice Management Section assists its members in managing law practices more efficiently and profitably.

Florida

The Florida Bar General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section's goal is to enhance the quality of practice for the solo and small firm lawyer as well as the lawyer who has interest beyond the bounds of a single professional specialty.

Broward County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section

Clearwater Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section provides an opportunity for solo practitioners to meet and network in an informal setting such as brown bag lunch meetings, pizza and beer seminars and happy hours to exchange information and assist each other with office practices, procedures and management, as well as serve as a source of referrals.

Palm Beach County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Committee

Sarasota County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practice Section

St. Petersburg Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & Practice Management Section

Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Section was one of the first Bar Association Sections in the Country to dedicate programs and benefits for sole practitioners and small firms. The Section's goal is to increase revenue, enhance efficiency and improve productivity of its members.

Hawaii

Hawaii State Bar Association Practice Management Committee develops programs to educate attorneys, law office staff, and law students on practice management skills.

Illinois

Illinois State Bar Association General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Group promotes professional excellence among those engaged in the general practice of law.

Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics enhances and develops the professional capabilities of Illinois lawyers in the realization that the practice of law now requires the implementation of sound business practices.

Chicago Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee provides information regarding the needs and concerns of solo and small firm practitioners. Areas of presentation include but are not limited to: client development, marketing, mentoring networks, practice checklists, personnel issues, office leases and other law practice management issues.

DuPage County Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee advises the Association regarding the economics of the practice of law, including but not limited to the use of word processing equipment, computers, software, uniform forms and the use of credit cards to assist the lawyers in more effective use of their skills and time. Review availability of professional liability insurance and any alternatives.

Kane County Bar Association Practice Management/Solo Small Firm Committee

Lake County Bar Association Professionalism & Office Management Committee

Indiana

Indiana State Bar Association General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section provides a medium through which general practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems common to them and to the legal profession.

Indianapolis Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Practice Section serves the unique needs of its members in the areas of professional development, education, marketing, networking, and practice management.

Iowa

Iowa State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee provides an organization available to lawyers who are concerned with the improvement of the means and methods by which the practice of law is conducted and to study developments in legal systems, equipment, procedures and such other areas as the Committee may select. Recommendations will be disseminated through seminars, publications, and by such other means as the Committee may select.

Kansas

Kansas Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section plans and promotes education programs; supports and recommends legislation; distributes information through newsletters, bulletin boards, or other means of communication; and provides networking opportunities for practitioners from solo and small firms.

Kentucky

Kentucky Bar Association Small Firm Practice & Management Section 1) provides a forum for the exchange of ideas between the solo and small firm practitioners of Kentucky; 2) informs the members of this section about current relevant issues concerning solo and small firm practice; and 3) aids the solo and small firm practitioner in the execution of their office management and clerical duties.

Northern Kentucky Bar Association Sole Practitioner/Small Firm Committee

Louisiana

Louisiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section maintains a referral network on its Web site. It is organized by practice area, and only members can be listed. The section also sponsors an electronic discussion group available only to members. With this medium, members throughout the state can tap each other's experience and refer cases. They can share forms, practice tips, and expert witness referrals. The section sponsors luncheon seminars, good for one hour of CLE credit, generally every two months and is interested in volunteers willing to expand these to other areas of the state. Seminars are geared to the solo and small firm attorney, and time is allowed at these luncheons for members to meet and network.

New Orleans Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Committee

Maine

Maine State Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section

Maryland

Maryland State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Section promotes the solo and small firm practice of law and undertakes such other and diverse activities authorized from time to time by the Association or the Officers and Council of the Section as shall enhance the competence and skills of solo and small firm practitioners, and improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality legal services to their clients. The activities of this Section are designed also to enhance the role of solo and small firm practitioners as contributing members and leaders of their communities, the legal profession and the Association. This section sponsors the Hanging Out Your Shingle Program.

Baltimore County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Committee

The Bar Association of Montgomery County Law Firm Management Section

Prince George's County Bar Association Solo Practitioner Committee addresses areas of concern for attorneys in sole practice or small partnership.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Bar Association Law Practice Management Section serves to assist members in sustaining an efficient, ethical and fulfilling law practice by sponsoring continuing education programs that counsel attorneys on how to start and continue to operate successful businesses, including areas of case management, technology and client selection and retention.

Massachusetts Bar Association Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section assists members by studying the needs and concerns of solo, small firm practitioners; providing a forum and clearinghouse for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information; motivating and assisting the MBA to address the section's needs and concerns; and encouraging, identifying and promoting programs, benefits and services of interest to solo and small firm practitioners.

Boston Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section

Michigan

Grand Rapids Bar Association Solo and Small Firms Section provides a forum for networking among its membership, with a focus on exchanging practical information regarding solo/small firm administration issues (e.g., computer software, staffing, purchasing, etc.) and informal exchanges on legal topics of general interest. It is anticipated that the Section will provide both formal and informal opportunities for support, mentoring and consultation to the membership.

Oakland County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Listserv was established in 2011 as a resource to solo members. The listserv provides participants a means of circulating questions, suggestions and ideas pertaining to their law practices with other members via e-mail.

Minnesota

Minnesota State Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section seeks to enhance the skills of lawyers engaged in the general practice of law and to provide means whereby general practitioners may share their wide breadth of experience to improve their own practice, educate themselves and their fellow practitioners, improve the legal profession, and thus benefit the general public.

Hennepin County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section

Ramsey County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section

Missouri

The Missouri Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee (operates a listserv) addresses any needs and concerns of Missouri lawyers practicing solo or in a small firm not presently served by other Missouri Bar committees by providing a forum for those lawyers to collect, develop and disseminate relevant materials and information.

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Solo Practitioner/Small Firms Committee promotes the existence of small firms and solo practitioners, increases their visibility within the legal profession and the general public, improves their ability to competitively serve and expand a strong and varied client base and promotes and encourages their interaction with other small firms and solo practitioners.

The Bar Association of St. Louis Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Section

Nebraska

Omaha Bar Association Solo/Small Firms Practice Committee is organized for the benefit of those attorneys in law practice by themselves or in a small firm practice. Meeting discussion topics include best practices for time management, legal research on a budget, managing support staff, and billing.

Nevada

State Bar of Nevada Solo and Small Practice Section develops programs and materials to encourage the effective and efficient management of solo and small firms; and assists solo and small firms in utilizing the best techniques, methods, and procedures; provides a forum for members of the State Bar of Nevada to exchange ideas regarding solo and small practice economics, management subjects, including time, billing and accounting programs, computerized legal research, operating system and application software, expert systems, marketing, human resources, and quality management programs.

New Jersey

Essex County Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practice Committee

New Mexico

State Bar of New Mexico Law Practice Management Committee

State Bar of New Mexico Solo and Small Firm Section provides a forum for the discussion of problems of common interest to solo and small firm practitioners; advances the quality of legal services provided by solo and small firm practitioners; provides a forum for the creation, discussion, advancement, and implementation of ideas to accomplish the foregoing purposes; sponsors CLE programs for solo and small firm practitioners; and provides a professional support network for solo and small firm practitioners.

New York

New York State Bar Association Law Practice Management Committee investigates, evaluates, develops and promotes the use of techniques, which will make the services delivery team (lawyers, legal assistants and other non-lawyer professionals) more effective, competent, ethical and responsive to the needs of clients and the public.

New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Solo and Small Firm Practice studies the issues and challenges currently confronting attorneys who work in solo practices and small firms. The NYSBA also has a Solo/Small Firm Resource Center.

Albany County Bar Association Small and Solo Firm Practitioners Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of running a small/solo law firm in Albany County.

New York City Bar Small Law Firm Committee is an interdisciplinary committee whose mission is to raise member awareness of high-impact legal issues and to create a forum for the exchange of best practices in, business, financial management and client service. The Committee sponsors a wide-spectrum of CLE programs and forums specifically focused on the needs and interests of solo practitioners and members of small law firms.

New York County Lawyers' Association Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Committee supports solo and small firm practitioners through improving the quality of the professional lives of its members by advising practitioners about programs and available services, sponsoring free evening seminars and maintaining a mentoring program to assist less experienced practitioners.

North Carolina

North Carolina Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section serves the needs of small and solo firms and general practitioners. The section publishes the General Practice Deskbook and the Small Law Office Resource Manual.

Mecklenburg County Bar Association Solo Practitioner/ Small Firm Section holds monthly luncheons with guest speakers to provide Section members the opportunity to network and discuss valuable lessons in maintaining a solo or small firm. Topics of interest include financial management, best hiring practices, employee benefits, immigration law, maintaining a small firm in a recession and more.

Ohio

Ohio State Bar Association Solo, Small Firms & General Practice Section

Akron Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Section meets the special needs of solo and small firm practitioners including administrative and economic issues.

Cincinnati Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee is a group of lawyers with a wide range of practice areas and interests.

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Small Firm & Solo Practitioner Section

Columbus Bar Association Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Committee works to increase the quality and profitability of the practices and lives of the small firm attorneys and the solo practitioners who are members of the CBA.

Oregon

Oregon State Bar Sole & Small Firm Practitioners Section

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Section takes as its province the enhancement of the skill of the lawyer in solo and small firm practice, by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information essential to improvement of the lawyers' quality of legal services; the assistance of lawyers in solo or small firm practice in utilizing the best techniques, methods and procedures for carrying on the practice of law and providing legal services, so that lawyers engaged in the solo or small firm practice of law will improve their ability to deliver the most efficient and highest quality of legal services to their clients; the provision of a medium through which solo and small firm practitioners may cooperate with, encourage and assist each other in the resolution of problems common to them and to the legal profession, all to their mutual benefit and that of the Association and the legal profession at large; and the representation of lawyers engaged in the solo or small firm practice of law.

Allegheny County Bar Association Sole and Small Firm Practitioners Section studies all issues within the practice of law that are of particular concern to sole and small firm practitioners. It seeks to educate, disseminate information, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas among sole practitioners and small firms regarding all phases of the business management and administration of a law practice.

Berks County Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Section

Chester County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section

Delaware County Bar Association Solo Practitioners and Small Firms Committee

Philadelphia Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Management Committee

South Carolina

South Carolina Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section

South Dakota

The State Bar of South Dakota Solo and Small Firm Committee

Tennessee

Tennessee Bar Association General-Solo-Small Firm Practitioners Section

Chattanooga Bar Association Small Firms Section is a network of members who either practice by themselves or in small firms to share information, pool resources and to identify specific management and marketing techniques designed for small firms and individual practices.

Knoxville Bar Association Solo Practitioner & Small Firm Section a network of members who either practice by themselves or in small firms to share information, pool resources and to identify specific management and marketing techniques designed for small firms and individual practices.

Memphis Bar Association Sole/Small Firm Section

Nashville Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee provides a forum for solo and small firm attorneys from various practice areas and experience levels to network and collaborate on issues such as practice management, technology, marketing, staffing, etc.

Texas

Texas Bar Association General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section devotes its energies primarily to the interests of lawyers who practice as solos and in small firms.

Dallas Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Section provides meaningful and practical continuing legal education to its members and assists members in achieving economics in law office administration and procedure.

Jefferson County Bar Association Law Practice Assistance Committee (LPAC) handles issues arriving regarding assumption of practices, etc.

Tarrant Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section provides continuing legal education to its members and assists members in achieving economics in law office administration and procedure.

Utah

Utah State Bar Solo Small & Rural Practice Section

Vermont

Vermont Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Section

Virginia

Virginia Bar Association Law Practice Management Division

Fairfax Bar Association Law Practice Section focuses on the areas of management, marketing, finance and technology

Washington

Washington State Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Section

King County Bar Association Solo Small Firms Section provides opportunities to discuss common problems and solutions, and receive benefits usually associated with large firms such as immediate access to fellow associates for referrals and advice through an active E-mail listserv, a Web site to provide marketing opportunities, and the use of high end equipment by sharing resources.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Bar Association Solo/Small Firm & General Practice Section

Milwaukee Bar Association Law Practice Management Section monitors issues affecting the practice of law, recommends and implements programs to address these issues with an emphasis on the solo and small firm practice.

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