2018

2018 Podcast Library


Our Brown Bag Series features presentations on timely legal topics and new episodes are released on the second Wednesday of every month. Our Hot Off the Press Series features a GPSolo book presented by the author and new episodes are released on the third Wednesday of every other month.


The content of the GPSolo Podcasts does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for attending, viewing or listening.


The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm

Moderator: Lynn A. Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Speaker: Kerry M. Lavelle, Lavelle Law, Schaumburg, IL
Recorded December 12, 2018
There were no written material prepared for this program.
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GPSolo speaks with author, Kerry Lavelle, regarding his book, "The Business Guide to Law," which focuses on the business aspect of managing a law office. It answers all those necessary questions (and more) that are important in creating and growing a unique law firm business. You will learn the best way to spend your time to grow your law firm.


Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection

Moderator: David Levesque, GPSolo Book Publications Board
Speaker: Jeffrey T. Frederick, National Legal Research Group, Charlottesville, VA
Recorded November 21, 2018
There were no written material prepared for this program.
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Join Jeffrey T. Frederick, GPSolo author and Director of the Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, as he discusses the new edition of his book, “Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury.” This valuable guide will help you understand effective voir dire and jury selection strategies, and then to adapt these strategies to the unique circumstances faced in trial jurisdictions.


How American Women Can Change the World

Moderator: Melanie Bragg, Bragg Law PC, Houston, TX, 2018-2019 Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
Speaker: 
Marianne Williamson,  New York, NY
Recorded November 7, 2018
There were no program materials prepared for this program.
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From how we see things to how we do things, American women are transforming American society. We are owning our voices and owning our power as never before, bringing to the fore unique possibilities for healing and repair. Marianne Williamson discusses both the internal and external aspects of female power and contribution.


Immigration Law and Children: What You Need to Know

Moderator: Lynn A. Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter:
Angela Williams, The Law Offices of Angela L. Williams, LLC, Kansas City, MO
Recorded October 10, 2018
There were no program materials prepared for this program.
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This session will go over the basics of immigration law, especially as it pertains to children. Angela Williams will discuss the various forms of relief available to children under immigration law, the relationship between immigration law and criminal law and why lawyers practicing criminal law need to be aware of this relationship, and the shifting dynamics of immigration law today.


Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm

Moderators:  David Levesque, Levesque Law, Damariscotta, ME, Chair, GPSolo Book Publications Board | jennifer j. rose, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, Editor, Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm
Presenters:
  Vicki Levy Eskin, Levy & Associates, P.A., Longwood, FL | David Zachary Kaufman, Kaufman Law Group, VA, MD and Washington, DC | Kelcey Patrick-Ferree, Law Office of Kelcey Patrick-Ferree, Iowa City, IA | Jonathan G. Stein, Law Offices of Jonathan G. Stein, Elk Gove, CA
Recorded September 26, 2018

This book inspired by lessons the authors have learned from law office staff, both their own and those employed by others. Specific topics covered during this session include: Technology Policies for the Small Law Office; Keeping the Team Happy; You're Fired; Workplace Security for Solo and Small Firm Staff.


Artificial Intelligence for the Small and Solo Law Firm

Moderator: Lynn A. Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter:
David Curle, Director, Market Intelligence, Thomson Reuters Legal, Eagan, MN
Recorded September 12, 2018
There were no program materials prepared for this program.
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This session will look at the ways Artificial Intelligence is already becoming mainstream in legal practice – even for small and solo firms. We will begin with a quick overview of AI technologies and review the state of the art of AI in legal services. David Curle from Thomson Reuters’ Legal Executive Institute will introduce and demystify the application of artificial intelligence technologies to legal practice. He will define some of the terms and the different forms of AI in use today, and identify AI applications we use every day outside our legal work (often without knowing it). Finally, he will focus on the many ways small and solo firms can take advantage of some of the commercially available AI-based solutions on the market today. Technology can level the playing field for smaller firms if applied intelligently to the needs of a practice.


Maximize Your Output

Moderator: Lynn A. Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenters: Melanie Bragg, Bragg Law PC, Houston, TX, 2018-2019 Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division | Debi Galler, Green Street Power Partners, Tallahassee, FL | David Lefton, Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co LPA, Cincinnati, OH, Past Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division | Paul O'Reilly Hyland, Zeamo, New York, NY | Patrick Williams, Zeamo, New York, NY
Recorded August 8, 2018
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Get ready for an action-packed power panel this month. GPSolo’s monthly eReport brings you a column on mindfulness written by Debi Galler and Melanie Bragg. Debi and Melanie will share tips on jump starting your mindfulness practice for optimum results in your law practice. Physical fitness and nutrition are a big component of any mindfulness practice and past GPSolo Chair, David Lefton, will share with you his journey to fitness and what it has done for him in terms of helping him with his caseload and adding to his business output. David will introduce a New GPSolo Member Benefit with Zeamo! Zeamo is the simplest way to find and access nearby gyms that meet your workout preferences without a membership or subscription. Simply choose your gym, download a pass, walk in and workout. With locations across 50 major U.S. cities and international travel destinations, Zeamo makes it easy to exercise wherever you are in the world. Stay tuned for more details on signing up for this special partnership!


Advising the Small Business, Third Edition

Moderator: David Levesque, Levesque Law, Damariscotta, ME, Vice Chair, GPSolo Book Publications Board
Speaker:
  Jean L Batman,  Legal Venture Counsel Inc., San Francisco, CA
Recorded July 18, 2018

GPSolo speaks with author Jean Batman about her book Advising the Small Business, Third Edition. This book includes many updates and new forms, in addition to all the general guidance, forms, checklists, and resources from the first two editions, on issues that small businesses commonly face. This guidance can be invaluable to attorneys who do not have access to enough other lawyers or deal flow, or who haven't had enough experience, to know what is "standard" in this area of practice.

Although there are many guides available for entrepreneurs, this book speaks to the advisor, not the entrepreneur. Advising the Small Business is designed to help legal counsel provide more effective legal and strategic guidance to small business clients, produce relevant documents, and spot issues that require further research or a specialist. Finally, it is unique in its discussion of both how to approach an issue from scratch (e.g., drafting a contract or forming a corporation) and how to clean up an existing situation (e.g., amending agreements and corporate clean-up). A companion book, Letters for Small Business Lawyers, by the same author, is also available through the ABA to provide examples of the types of correspondence used by lawyers providing legal counsel to small, privately held businesses.

Whether a lawyer is approaching an issue from scratch or dealing with an existing situation, this book will assist counsel in providing more effective legal and strategic services, creating relevant documents, and identifying issues that require further research or a specialist.


How to Achieve More and Stress Less

Presenters: Jack Canfield, The Canfield Training Group, Santa Barbara, CA | Melanie Bragg, Bragg Law PC, Houston, TX, 2018-2019 Chair, ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division
Recorded July 11, 2018
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Motivational speaker, Jack Canfield, provides some insights into his success principles, which can be applied in our practices and personal life. Jack Canfield is not only a motivational speaker/success coach, but he is also an American author, seminar leader, corporate trainer, and entrepreneur. He is the New York Times best-selling author of The Success Principles and co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, which has more than 250 titles and 500 million copies in print in over 40 languages. Learn more about The Success Principles.


Attract Your Best Client in Three Simple Steps

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter:
Dina Eisenberg, Outsource Easier
Recorded June 13, 2018
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This podcast will discuss easy ways to do what you to best - practice law - and delegate the rest through the following steps: 1. Discover why clients work with you (or not!). 2. Define your best client and how to avoid bad ones. 3. Hire a VA to find your local clients and promote you.


A Lawyer's Guide to Estate Planning: Fundamentals for the Legal Practitioner

Moderator: David Levesque, Levesque Law, Damariscotta, ME, Vice Chair, GPSolo Book Publications Board
Speaker:
Rush Hunt,  Hunt & Greene PSC, Madisonville, KY
Recorded May 16, 2018

Hear GPSolo author Rush Hunt discuss the new edition of his book on estate planning for lawyers. The program, like the book, will provide helpful information on all aspects of estate planning to ease any attorney through the process.


Overcoming the Top Challenges Women Face When Saving for Retirement

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter:
Virginia Brennan, National Director of Sales and Marketing, ABA Retirement Funds Program
Recorded May 9, 2018
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It's no secret that many Americans are at risk of underfunded retirement. But did you know that the risk is intensified for women? Despite some important political, social, and economic advancements made over the last 100 years, women have yet to reach true equality and are left to make up the gaps that exist - at home, at work, and financially. When it comes to filling the retirement gap, women face some major obstacles on their road to retirement. These unique challenges should be acknowledged and accepted when we are making plans for a safe and secure retirement. This presentation will outline these challenges as well as provide helpful information for overcoming them to help you push further down the road to retirement security.


A New Look at The Lawyer's Guide to Financial Planning

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter:
Cynthia Sharp, The Sharper Lawyer, Philadelphia, PA
Recorded April 11,  2018
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This program will explore essential financial and tax concepts that all lawyers must know in order to properly guide clients as well as to secure their own economic futures. The content of the program is based upon Cynthia Sharp’s book The Lawyer’s Guide to Financial Planning published by ABA Book Publishing. Topics covered include: Investment Perspectives; Factors to Consider When Choosing a Financial Advisor; Asset Conservation Strategies; Retirement Planning Vehicles; The Long-Term Care Dilemma.


How Solo and Small Law Firms Can Operate Effectively and Ethically Through Technology Adoption and Better Understand, Serve and Protect Their Clients

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenters:
Thomson Reuters - Tina Johnston, Product Portfolio Manager | Amy Larson, Director in the Small Law Firm Customer Group | Lauren May, Sales Enablement Manager
Recorded March 14, 2018
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Today's modern practice is changing, and the challenges solo and small firms face are more complex than ever. The ever-present challenge of balancing the practice of law with running your business has only increased. But, the influx of technology has added even more pressure to small law firms with greater demands on security, adequate business procedures, greater efficiency, marketing, and meeting client demands. These days, there is less room for error in your practice as there is technology to help reduce the risks; such as calendaring deadlines and administrative errors. With 34% of malpractice claims stemming from a failure to calendar properly and 28.5% due to administrative errors, it's no wonder that 27 states have now adopted their own versions of the 2012 ABA Rules Model "Duty of Technology Competence," where it states that "lawyers need to make educated decisions about technology to better serve their clients"; and that "they need to understand the tools they use and intend to use to practice law - including the legal and ethical implications of those technological tools, including issues related to privacy and security." And, the challenges do not just involve malpractice, but client expectations have increased greatly - and they will go elsewhere if you are not responsive, collaborative and treating their information securely. Firms need to be smarter than ever to maximize their efforts to deliver optimal client service, build a strong reputation, gain more referrals, deliver the answers their clients need, and reach today's legal consumer. In this program, we'll hear more about these challenges, what successful law firms are doing to overcome these challenges, and how to thrive in the new reality of today's modern legal marketplace.


David v. Goliath: How to successfully litigate cases against Big Law

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenters: Karen M. Goodman, Sacramento, CA, Chair, GPSolo Litigation Committee | David Seserman, Denver, CO, Vice Chair, GPSolo Litigation Committee | Rich Williamson, Reno, NV, Member, GPSolo Litigation Committee
Recorded February 2,  2018
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Litigating cases against parties represented by large law firms can be challenging for solo practitioners. Planning for and handling discovery, anticipating and addressing law and motion matters, and trying cases present unique challenges for the solo practitioner when confronted with multiple lawyers representing the other side. The program will present solutions to frequently encountered problems that will assist the solo practitioner in effectively handling the litigation for the client's benefit.


De-stress your Relationship with Money

Moderator: Lynn Howell, Houston, TX, Chair, GPSolo Programs Board
Presenter: Sue Holm, Seattle, WA
Recorded January 10, 2018
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We will explore the primary causes of financial distress and assess your current relationship with money. The program will include practical steps to improve your financial health going forward and provide worksheets to print and complete in the privacy of your office or home now and later to see if you’re making progress.