May 01, 2012

General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Division News

2012 ABA Annual Meeting

August 2–5
Swissôtel Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Join us in Chicago as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at the Mid-America Club at the top of the AON Center on Thursday, August 2, at 6:00 pm. In addition to our social events, we also have many CLE programs planned for the Annual Meeting:

Friday, August 3

Solo Day: Microsoft Office for Solo/Small Firm Attorneys
8:30 am to 10:00 am
What if your secretary is sick, or part time, or quits? Can you navigate through Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook? Can you create a pleading in Word on your own? Set up Outlook appointments? Can you generate a PDF document from Word to file with the court? Here is a basic introductory seminar on Microsoft Office and its components for the solo or small firm attorney so you can learn how to use—and understand—the fundamentals you need.

Updates on LGBT Estate Planning
8:30 am to 10:00 am
This panel will discuss changes in laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues throughout the United States that need to be considered when developing estate plans, including developments affecting taxes, mobility, elder issues, and disposition of estates.

Solo Day: 90 Tips in 90 Minutes
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This fast-paced, tricks-and-tips look at technology for your solo or small firm office will bring you into the twenty-first century with must-haves to maintain your practice: software, hardware, printers, scanners, smartphones, Outlook, Acrobat, Word, cloud computing, backup systems, billing systems, and the virtual office tools and tips needed to run and maintain a law practice both in your office and outside your office.

Historical Trial: Tokyo Rose: The Treason Trial of Iva Toguri D’Aquino
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Before moving to Chicago, Iva Toguri was convicted of treason in 1946, accused of being the legendary temptress Tokyo Rose, who broadcast American music and Japanese propaganda to homesick GIs during World War II. Was she really guilty, or did the government build a case around perjury and deception? Build and argue the case yourself with the help of Judge William Kelly, trial consultants David Weinberg and Darlene Shelton, and trial lawyers Vincent Chang, Carlin Phillips, and Vinoo Varghese.

The Best Program for Real Lawyers by Larry Rice
3:45 pm to 5:15 pm
Larry Rice practices law on a daily basis and is one of America’s most entertaining and informative CLE speakers. He presents law practice management with an emphasis on practical solutions to the universal issues of marketing, client relations, staff motivation, case management, and the ethical issues running through these areas. The materials are drawn from the newly released Complete Guide to Divorce Practice, 25th Anniversary Edition, ABA, 2012. The program moves from basic practice tips to advanced skills. There will be forms, checklists, guides, inspiration, and prizes. This program is recommended for anyone with a connection to the legal world and with a sense of humor.

Saturday, August 4

Advising a Small Business
8:30 am to 10:00 am
This program is intended to help attorneys better advise their small business clients on the process of seeking angel or venture capital financing or pursuing an acquisition, including stages of financing, steps to take before approaching investors, use of executive summaries and business plans, corporate clean-up and due diligence, and targeting prospective investors or acquirers. Forms and advice will be provided to help avoid pitfalls and to increase the client’s chances of success, including excerpts from presenter Jean L. Batman’s book Advising the Small Business, Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner, Second Edition, ABA, 2011.

Mortgage Relief from Stay and Foreclosure in Bankruptcy: “Who Gets the Money?”
8:30 am to 10:00 am
In the midst of record filings of repossessions, foreclosures, and bankruptcies, this is truly a “hot topic” in the legal field. What if a lender approaches the bankruptcy court for relief from the stay but cannot show it holds or owns the note? What about a defective assignment? What is the debtor’s standing to object to claims filed by lenders? Does it matter? If so, does the debtor get a free house, or if not, who should get paid? Ultimately, who gets the money? This seminar will examine these questions in the bankruptcy context and will include a look at standing, bankruptcy law, and real estate.

Practical Magic: Real Estate Closings in a Post-Bubble World
8:30 am to 10:00 am
The truth is stranger than fiction in the modern-day world of real estate closing. You will need a magic wand to help with the REOs, HARP, and other foreclosure robo-signing issues. Traps in title exams will need a bit of magic to release your client from unintended consequences from the real estate meltdown. Additional information regarding the current status of real estate closing will be presented.

Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul—Case Studies on Leadership Development for Lawyers
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Lawyers are natural leaders. However, their skills and leadership qualities often hinge on cases they are exposed to or in which they are involved. Whether a lawyer is inspired by a case in the news, the ethical issues behind the scenes, a client, or the law generated by the case, many are shaped and molded into exemplary leaders who serve their clients and society in meaningful ways. This program will discuss cases that influenced some of our nation’s most prominent lawyers and will provide important leadership principles to follow. When your “defining moment” occurs, how will you handle it? Learn from our nation’s best and be inspired to new challenges in your career as a lawyer.

Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate: New Ideas to Expand and Excel Your Practice
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Learn from nationally recognized experts on using new techniques to improve service to elder law and estate clients. Forms and briefs will be provided to all attendees. Topics will include using social media to promote your practice, getting referrals from other professionals, the aftermath of the Terri Schiavo case and living wills, forms you can use, e-mail newsletters, how to manage telephone conversations with your clients, marketing with written fee agreements, and marketing without violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.

A Global Practice for Everyone: Insights into Creation and Management of Overseas Operations
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
This program will examine the importance of having a global practice in an ever-globalizing world; effective and efficient use of in-house legal staff, outside counsel, and consultants; evaluating offshore destinations and vendor partners; the art of negotiating in a cross-border context; and other exciting cross-border initiatives that will intrigue the global lawyer.