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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT: LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership will give members who belong to the section the opportunity to receive special discounting on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more.

To learn more, please contact Christie Lamb at christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com or (937) 247-0274.


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Tech Tip: Use Dual Monitors to Increase Productivity

Here’s a recent tech tip shared by The Florida Bar. Much of the time wasted when attorneys work on computers comes when they switch between windows. Not only does it waste time, it can lead to unnecessary distractions. Some try to compensate by putting two windows on one screen, or by various workarounds.

Instead, attorneys would be wise to consider making a small investment and using an extra monitor. For that matter, it would be wise to make the investment for support staff as well. Not only do dual monitors double your screen real estate, they create boundaries you can use to divide what you’re going to focus on. For a lawyer, time is money, and there are statistics that indicate that dual monitors save a lot of time.

In a study at University of Utah and ATI Technologies, participants who used dual monitors reported increases of productivity including:

  • 33% fewer errors
  • 16% faster edits
  • 6% quicker access to tasks
  • 45% easier task tracking
  • 32% faster performance
  • 24% more comfortable

With numbers like that, dual monitors definitely are worth a try.

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Register Online Now!
Small Firm Reboot—Gearing Up for Efficiency and Success
Jan. 19, 2018—Orlando

Approved for 7.5 General CLE Credits (6.5 Technology & 1.0 Ethics)—Live Course Only

This one-day, two-part technology event is designed to improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability. The program will provide practical, usable tips to benefit your practice—no matter what your level of technology experience. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Full Day Registration
Solo & Small Firm Section member $150
Non-section member $185
Full-time law college faculty/student $110


Segment I or II

Solo & Small Firm Section member $140
Non-section member $175

Full-time law college faculty/student $100

Special thanks to event sponsor LawPayAdditional sponsorship opportunities are available.


 

Play to Win: How to Work the Room at Networking Events

Do you dread networking events but know that you need to keep them in your marketing mix? Here are a few tips from author  on how to make them both tolerable and productive.

  • Effective preparation is one sure way to make attending an event easier (or at least less awkward). Looking at the attendee list in advance, preparing your elevator speech and carefully selecting what to wear are among Schmidt’s great tips on how to prepare.
  • Attending the event also requires some coaching to ensure that you get the most from your networking opportunity. Arrive early and stay until the end, listen more than you talk, don’t monopolize one person for too long and try to look self-assured.
  • Following up after the event is crucial; networking doesn’t end when the event is over. Write down contact information; send a personal note, article or website link; send a LinkedIn invitation; and think of ways to keep in touch.

If it’s of any comfort, even lawyers who are great at working a room will tell you it’s exhausting. Effectiveness does not exist without effort. So the next time you have to attend a function, steel yourself for the experience and implement to the best of your abilities.

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Member Spotlight: Sandra Upegui

The Solo & Small Firm section member spotlight this week is on Sandra M. Upegui of the Upegui Law Firm in Miami Beach. Sandra is an experienced business attorney who represents businesses on a diverse range of commercial transactional and litigation matters relating to corporate formation, contract negotiation, privacy and security, compliance, risk management and business disputes. Prior to opening her own firm, she served for more than five years as an assistant general counsel for the University of Miami, handling transactional, healthcare regulatory and litigation matters. She previously was a litigation partner with Shutts & Bowen LLP in the International Litigation Practice Group. Sandra graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Florida State University College of Law, where she was an active member of the moot court team. She graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs.  She studied abroad in Italy on three occasions, including a summer program hosted by Tulane University and the University of Siena, Italy, which included a special course study with former U.S. Chief Justice Rehnquist. Sandra is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Italian. Contact her at (786) 708-7182 or supegui@upeguilaw.com.

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Audio Webcast TODAY at Noon

Growing the Small Firm Through Effective Management Course 2690R

Kevin D. Johnson of Johnson Jackson LLC in Tampa will discuss strategies for managing and growing small firms, including the use of appropriate internal financial reporting, the development of compensation strategies, budgeting processes, and the hiring and management of additional attorneys and staff. The discussion will be applicable to those who are aiming to grow beyond solo status by adding other attorneys as well as those who already work in small firms.

Johnson is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer. He and Erin Jackson recently founded Johnson Jackson LLC, which is a seven-attorney employment-law firm based in Tampa. His insights and experience will assist you in developing strategies to effectively structure and manage the growth of your firm. He is a former chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section and The Florida Bar’s Technology Committee and Special Committee on Technology and Office Resources.

The webcast is noon – 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 and is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit. Section members’ discounted registration is $75.

REGISTER NOW



SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT: LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership will give members who belong to the section the opportunity to receive special discounting on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more.

To learn more, please contact Christie Lamb at christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com or (937) 247-0274.


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How to Prepare Your Old iPhone or iPad Before Giving It To Your Child
(or anyone else)

Don’t hand over an aging iOS device to your eager youngster before doing a little child-proofing first.

This Florida Bar Tech Tip provided by Law Tech Partners gives you five ways to prep an iPhone or iPad for your youngsters—from wiping your data and setting up a separate iCloud account to blocking web access and keeping them from racking up in-app charges on your credit card. If you’re handing over your old device to anyone, you should check out these great tips.

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Register Online Now – Reserve Your Spot!
Small Firm Reboot—Gearing Up for Efficiency and Success
Jan. 19, 2018—Orlando

Approved for 7.5 General CLE Credits (6.5 Technology & 1.0 Ethics)—Live Course Only

This one-day, two-part technology event is designed to improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability. The program will provide practical, usable tips to benefit your practice—no matter what your level of technology experience. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Full Day Registration
Solo & Small Firm Section member $150
Non-section member $185
Full-time law college faculty/student $110


Segment I or II

Solo & Small Firm Section member $140
Non-section member $175

Full-time law college faculty/student $100

 

 

Special thanks to event sponsor LawPayAdditional sponsorship opportunities are available.

 


How to Share News with the Solo & Small Firm Section and Your Colleagues on Facebook

If you post professional news and announcements on your firm or personal Facebook pages, be sure to tag the section so we can like, comment or share your post. Here’s how:

Type @flsolosmallfirm anywhere in your post. Facebook generates a drop-down link for The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section (see graphic). When you click on it, Facebook inserts a hyperlink in your post that leads to the section’s page—and we are notified that you tagged us. You can put the tag at the bottom of your post or incorporate it into your text: “David is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section.”

Typing @TheFloridaBarSolo&SmallFirm (you probably won’t have to type the full name) produces the same drop-down link. This goes for any person, page or place you want to “@” on Facebook.

We can share awards, professional designations, relevant blog posts, community events in which your firm as participated, etc. Think of us as another news outlet where you can publish your firm news and accomplishments. 


Member Spotlight: You Could be Next

Would you like to be featured in the Solo & Small Firm Section’s member spotlight and gain some free publicity for your firm? The spotlights are posted to the section’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and included in the QuickLINK, which is emailed to all section members.

It’s easy. Just complete a short questionnaire and provide photos and links to your website, online bio or any other profile information you’d like to include. You can share the spotlight on social media and on your website. Interested? Please email our section consultant at lisa@prflorida.com.


Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our newly launched Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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SECTION MEMBER BENEFIT: LexisNexis is an official partner of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section. This partnership will give members who belong to the section the opportunity to receive special discounting on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and more. 
To learn more about this new partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb at christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com or (937) 247-0274.


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 Protect Against Holiday Cyber Scams

It might not be at the top of your holiday preparation list, but The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute is reminding all Bar members to make sure you are protected from holiday phishing scams or malware campaigns.

This Florida Bar News article details how you can protect yourself and your systems. It provides steps to take if you believe you are the victim of a holiday phishing scam or malware campaign, and a link to additional cybersecurity information and resources available from The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute.


NEW CLE: Growing the Small Firm Through Effective Management
Dec. 13 Audio Webcast – Course 2690R

Kevin D. Johnson of Johnson Jackson LLC in Tampa will discuss strategies for managing and growing small firms, including the use of appropriate internal financial reporting, the development of compensation strategies, budgeting processes, and the hiring and management of additional attorneys and staff. The discussion will be applicable to those who are aiming to grow beyond solo status by adding other attorneys as well as those who already work in small firms.

Johnson is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer. He and Erin Jackson recently founded Johnson Jackson LLC, which is a seven-attorney employment-law firm based in Tampa. His insights and experience will assist you in developing strategies to effectively structure and manage the growth of your firm. He is a former chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section and The Florida Bar’s Technology Committee and Special Committee on Technology and Office Resources.

The webcast is noon – 1 p.m. on Dec. 13 and is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit. Section members’ discounted registration is $75.

REGISTER NOW


Small Firm Reboot—Gearing Up for Efficiency and Success
Jan. 19, 2018—Orlando

Approved for 7.5 General CLE Credits (6.5 Technology & 1.0 Ethics)—Live Course Only

This one-day, two-part technology event is designed to improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability. The program will provide practical, usable tips to benefit your practice—no matter what your level of technology experience.

Section members’ discounted registration is only $180 for both segments. Reserve your spot by emailing section administrator Ricky Libbert at rlibbert@floridabar.org or calling (850) 561-5631. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Segment 1 – The Efficient Lawyer 

  • Getting the Most out of Microsoft (tips for using Word and Outlook effectively)
  • Do I need Practice Management Software?
  • Day in the Life: How tech-savvy practitioners use technology on a daily basis)

Segment 2 – The Successful Practice

  • Technology Best Practices
  • Ethics of Social Media for Small Firms
  • Data Security and Privacy

Attend either or both segments. We’ll provide registration details as soon as they are available.


Grammarly: Your Editing BFF

Grammarly‘s free writing app ensures that everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. Grammarly scans your text for common and complex grammatical mistakes, spanning everything from subject-verb agreement to article use to modifier placement.

Millions of users rely on Grammarly every day to make their messages, documents and social media posts clear, mistake-free, and impactful. In addition to the online text editor, Grammarly also offers free browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox that correct critical writing errors so you can write with confidence.

GET GRAMMARLY


Member Spotlight: You Could be Next

Would you like to be featured in the Solo & Small Firm Section’s member spotlight and gain some free publicity for your firm? The spotlights are posted to the section’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and included in the QuickLINK, which is emailed to all section members.

It’s easy. Just complete a short questionnaire and provide photos and links to your website, online bio or any other profile information you’d like to include. You can share the spotlight on social media and on your website. Interested? Please email our section consultant at lisa@prflorida.com.


Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our newly launched Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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NEW: LexisNexis is pleased to announce an official partnership with The Solo and Small Firm Section of The Florida Bar. We are very excited to start working with the team and share with you the benefits this partnership will provide. This will give small firms in Florida with members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounting on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and so much more.

To learn more about this new partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb.

Email: Christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com
Direct line: (937) 247-0274.


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Agricultural Law Update 2017

Friday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville 

From agricultural law IT practices to tax and succession planning for agricultural businesses, this CLE event addresses current regulations and laws that affect the agricultural industry. 

After the CLE, join the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource for a complimentary brew and bite at the First Magnitude Brewing Company, and learn about Florida Hops as an emerging crop for Florida farmers and brewers.

Course 2581 (Max. Credit: 5.0 hours – General 5.0 hours)
Section member registration $140


 

How to Save Recyclable Text as Quick Parts in Word

If you’re tired of copying and pasting common elements like signature blocks or notary acknowledgments from old documents—then having to correct formatting or reset client-specific data—you’ll love Quick Parts.

Quick Parts is part of Microsoft Word’s Building Blocks feature, where Word stores built-in reusable design and data elements like page numbering, watermarks, text boxes, tables, headers and footers. You can make your own reusable elements with just a few clicks.

  • Copy an example of the form from a prior document.
  • Open a new document (either using Ctrl-N or File >New >Blank Document).
  • Paste the example into the blank document.

Clean up the font and paragraph formatting to match the Normal Style (that’ll prevent formatting headaches later), and make the date- and client-specific information generic.

Once you have a clean version:

  • Select all the text with either your mouse or keyboard (Ctrl-A will select all text).
  • Go to the Insert tab, click Quick Parts, then choose Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.
  • You’ll get a dialog box asking you to fill in some information: name, category, etc.

Click OK to complete. Read the full article.


SAVE THE DATE! Jan. 19, 2018
Small Firm Reboot—Gearing Up for Efficiency and Success

6.0 Technology CLE credits pending Florida Bar approval. Live – Orlando.

Join the Solo & Small Firm Section for a two-part technology event designed to improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability.

The program will provide practical, usable tips to benefit your practice—no matter what your level of technology experience.

Segment 1 – The Efficient Lawyer

  • Getting the Most out of Microsoft (tips for using Word and Outlook effectively)
  • Do I need Practice Management Software?
  • Day in the Life: How tech-savvy practitioners use technology on a daily basis)

Segment 2 – The Successful Practice

  • Technology Best Practices
  • Ethics of Social Media for Small Firms
  • Data Security and Privacy

Attend either or both segments. We’ll provide registration details as soon as they are available.


Essential Time Management Tips for Lawyers (Spoiler Alert: You Have to Eat the Frog)

Excerpts from an article by William Pfeifer.

Time management doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, by implementing three simple procedures into a law practice, an attorney can increase productivity while improving career satisfaction at the same time.

#1 Eat the frog. Mark Twain said, “If you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be wonderful.” Twain also said, “If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.” Translation: Take the worst, most unpleasant, ugliest task you have to do that you don’t want to do, and do it first.

#2 Avoid the phone. Ask any lawyer when he or she is most productive, and the almost unanimous response will be they get the most done when working at night or on the weekend. What makes the difference? The lack of interruptions, which come primarily from a constantly ringing phone. Schedule certain hours of the day for returning phone calls, certain times for appointments, and devote the rest of the time to work.

#3 Make a prioritized to-do list at the end of each day. Taking fifteen minutes at the end of the day to prioritize the next day’s  order of work can be a huge time-saver. Don’t make the mistake of selecting the day’s priorities in the morning, or you will never eat the frog!

Read the full article.


Member Spotlight: Tom Stanton

The spotlight this week is on Tom Stanton of Stanton IP Law Firm P.A. in Tampa.

Tom became an attorney after spending 10 years in the IT field. He earned a JD degree from Stetson University College of Law and acquired an LLM degree in international economic law from the University of Toulouse, France. He is a licensed patent attorney in New York and Florida and focuses on cutting-edge computer technologies, related intellectual property protection and high-tech startups.

Before graduating with a computer engineering degree from the University of South Florida in May 2003, Tom started a technology company with a friend and business partner. He spent seven years growing the company in the Tampa Bay business community. He was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal 30 under 30 Class of 2007 and was a finalist for Tampa Bay CEO Magazine CEO of the Year in 2007. He was selected as one of Tampa Bay’s 100 most influential business leaders in 2009.

Contact Tom at tstanton@stantoniplaw.com or connect with him on LinkedIn.


Members-Only Facebook Group

Membership is growing in our newly launched Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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NEW: LexisNexis is pleased to announce an official partnership with The Solo and Small Firm Section of The Florida Bar. We are very excited to start working with the team and share with you the benefits this partnership will provide. This will give small firms in Florida with members who belong to the Solo & Small Firm Section the opportunity to receive special discounting on all LexisNexis litigation and transactional resources, from case law to CourtLink, Public Records, Lexis Practice Advisor and so much more.

To learn more about this new partnership and how to take advantage of your discount, please contact Christie Lamb.

Email: Christie.lamb@lexisnexis.com
Direct line: (937) 247-0274.


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Reserve your spot
 now for the Nov. 2 Annual Ethics Update 2017
, one of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s most popular CLE events  

Join us live at the Orlando Rosen Centre Hotel or via webcast to learn the 21st-century challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession.

Lawyers must keep abreast of professional and ethical challenges to succeed in this new reality while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession. Are you prepared for the future?

Course 2571 (Max. Credit 5.5 hours – General 5.5, Ethics 5.5)
Section member registration – $125 live, $250 webcast



Agricultural Law Update 2017

Friday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville 

From agricultural law IT practices to tax and succession planning for agricultural businesses, this CLE event addresses current regulations and laws that affect the agricultural industry. 

After the CLE, join the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource for a complimentary brew and bite at the First Magnitude Brewing Company, and learn about Florida Hops as an emerging crop for Florida farmers and brewers.

Course 2581 (Max. Credit: 5.0 hours – General 5.0 hours)
Section member registration $140


Outlook: How to Quickly Copy an Email Onto Your Calendar

Many e-mails would be more useful on your calendar than in your Inbox: payment reminders, conference call in-details, docketing-related e-mails. Outlook allows you to drag and drop e-mails from your Inbox to the Calendar folder to convert that message into an appointment.

1. From your Inbox view click and hold the e-mail you would like to convert into an appointment.
2. Drag onto the Calendar icon on the left-side navigation pane and release.
3. Outlook will present you with an appointment window that will use the subject line of the e-mail as the subject line of the appointment. You can easily change the subject as well as fill in the location, date, time and other details.
4. Save and close to return to your Inbox; delete the original message.


Five Ways to Create Holiday Marketing That Shines

Excerpts from an article by Danielle Yocum

The holidays are right around the corner, and they seem to come earlier each year. Are holiday marketing efforts worth it? The answer is yes and no.

The holidays give you an excellent opportunity to strengthen client relationships and stay top-of-mind. But marketing materials that are too salesy often fall flat or, worse, are a complete turnoff. Holiday cards are not brochures. Their purpose is not to cross-sell practice areas or push accolades. Luckily, there are a few simple tactics to avoid this trap and make holiday marketing work for you: Hit the right note, keep it personal, think ahead and make sure your holiday communications don’t get lost in the shuffle.

LEARN HOW


Member Spotlight: Lisa Dasher 

Lisa Dasher of Jacksonville Family Mediation is a graduate of Florida State University and Florida Coastal School of Law. She currently is enrolled at Jacksonville University working toward a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She established Jacksonville Family Mediation in 2013. She has served as a court mediator for more than 1,500 family cases in Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties.

Lisa has taken a break from her volunteer duties to return to school. She formerly served as the volunteer coordinator for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s Clay County Family Law Clinic, and as a board member for Three Rivers Legal Services and Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association. She is a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Clay County Bar Association and Collaborative Family Law Group of Northeast Florida. For more information please contact her at (904) 866-0268 or lisa@jacksonvillefamilymediation.com.

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Exclusive offer for Solo & Small Firm Section members from section partner
 LegalEase Solutions LLCGet 10% off on your first project.

Exceptional legal research and writing for attorneys, law firms and corporate counsel. Expand your law practice with a team of trusted associates at your fingertips—no strings attached. 


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Reserve your spot
 now for the Nov. 2 Annual Ethics Update 2017
, one of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s most popular CLE events  

Join us live at the Orlando Rosen Centre Hotel or via webcast to learn the 21st-century challenges facing lawyers and the legal profession.

Lawyers must keep abreast of professional and ethical challenges to succeed in this new reality while maintaining the integrity of the legal profession. Are you prepared for the future?

Course 2571 (Max. Credit 5.5 hours – General 5.5, Ethics 5.5)
Section member registration – $125 live, $250 webcast

 



Agricultural Law Update 2017

Friday, November 17, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville 

From agricultural law IT practices to tax and succession planning for agricultural businesses, this CLE event addresses current regulations and laws that affect the agricultural industry. 

After the CLE, join the UF/IFAS Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource for a complimentary brew and bite at the First Magnitude Brewing Company, and learn about Florida Hops as an emerging crop for Florida farmers and brewers.

Course 2581 (Max. Credit: 5.0 hours – General 5.0 hours)
Section member registration $140



Tech Tip
: How to Reset a Recurring Task in Outlook 

Outlook treats recurring appointments and tasks differently.

Recurring appointments come in sets that begin with the first appointment and end with the last; each appointment is visible on your calendar. 

In contrast, only one recurring task is visible at any given time. Outlook displays the next recurring task after you mark the current one as complete. If you skip a recurring task, you can mark it as completed or skipped and continue to the next recurring task. However, that won’t always be the case.

This article by Susan Harkins of TechRepublic shows you how to avoid problems when you need to reset a recurring task.

 

 



Content Under Pressure: Keeping in Touch with Client Newsletters 
(Excerpts from an article by Susan Kostal)

Are you on content hamster wheel—trying to keep pace with bigger firms that seem to push out client alerts 24/7?

Don’t drive yourself crazy. Get off the wheel.

Regular client newsletters are a way to publish regularly, offer valuable content, and stay in meaningful touch with clients and contacts. Start publishing quarterly and move to short monthly newsletters.

Write about business issues all professionals face, regardless of your practice area or their industry. Offer practical advice, talk logistics and borrow liberally from current events. Don’t cram all this into one article or post. Pick just one topic. Offer one really helpful piece of advice with a clear takeaway. You can do this!

GET STARTED

 



Member Spotlight: Liza Galindo 

Liza R. Galindo of Liza R Galindo P.A. in Miami Springs practices in a wide range of immigration and nationality areas. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a management specialty and a Juris Doctor degree from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach. Liza is a former judicial intern for the Honorable John G. Fletcher of the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami and research assistant for family and elder law attorney and author Lynne Marie Kohm. She developed her legal skills and experience by volunteering at Refugee & Immigrations Services in Virginia and working as an associate for immigration and bankruptcy law firms before opening her own practice in 2011. She is active in her church, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, and owns two small rescued dogs.

Follow Liza on Twitter at @LizaGalindoLaw.

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Members-Only Facebook Group.

Membership is growing in our newly launched Facebook group!

BIG welcome to our newest members:  Nicolette Kramer, David BlumThomas FeiterSteve WatkinsJudi SetzerLarry Silvestri and Liza Galindo!

Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Exclusive offer for Solo & Small Firm Section members from section partner
 LegalEase Solutions LLCGet 10% off on your first project.

Exceptional legal research and writing for attorneys, law firms and corporate counsel. Expand your law practice with a team of trusted associates at your fingertips—no strings attached. 


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Member Spotlight: Tom Asbury of Asbury Law in Jacksonville

Asbury Law is a virtual firm based in Jacksonville. Tom Asbury is a graduate of The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and Florida Coastal School of Law. He practices in estate planning and probate, business law, asset protection, litigation and administrative law.

Prior to law school, he worked as the webmaster for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Asbury won a bronze medal in the 2011 Sunshine State Games for Judo, won the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award in 1991 and received the National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge for service in the U.S. Army.

Follow Asbury on Twitter at @tom_asbury and read his full profile on Facebook.


How Lawyers Can Make Extra Money 

Modern Solo blogger, “solopreneur” and New York family lawyer Joleena Louis says, “As a solo attorney, you have to get used to living on a financial roller coaster. Some months can be really good and some months you worry about meeting basic expenses.”

We’re sure you can relate.

Louis offers 14—that’s right, 14—ideas for ways that lawyers can supplement their incomes. From teaching test prep courses to covering cases per diem (and everything in between) Louis offers creative strategies that can benefit your firm’s bottom line.

See All 14 Tips

Read more on Modern Solosign up to get free practice tips, follow Joleena Louis on Twitter at @joleenalouislaw or contact her at joleenalouis@joleenalouislaw.com


Upcoming CLE Opportunities

 

 

Register online now for the Oct. 4 audio webcast CLE, “Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population.”

How do the professional and ethical issues facing an aging Bar impact your practice? How does this “senior tsunami” affect the public?

The 50 to 65 age group makes up 36 percent of Florida lawyers—and in several years, more than 50 percent of all lawyers will be over the age of 50.

Earn one hour of Ethics CLE credit and hear legal experts Peggy Hoyt and Jake Schickel discuss concerns and solutions to address the critical problems of our aging legal population. Registration is only $75 for members of The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section.


  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Mark your calendar for March 10 -18, 2018, and join the Solo & Small Firm Section for CLE in Ireland! The land cost is $2,076 per person double occupancy; single room supplement is $925. The tour includes exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver/guide, lunch at the Law Society of Ireland (subject to change), drinks reception at Dromoland Castle, passage on the Tarbert Ferry, sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry, a guided tour of Dublin, tour of Dublin Courts (subject to change) and much, much more!

For more information or to book contact Jeanne Hutli, Odyssey Travel, (386) 672-8113.


Hurricane Resources for Florida Bar Members

The Florida Bar will be adding information, resources and recent hurricane-related news on this page for Florida Bar members and the public. Follow social media for additional updates.

President Higer also sent a message of support and a comprehensive list of resources for Florida Bar members and other Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Bar is currently working with several member benefit providers to enhance existing offerings for members affected by Hurricane Irma, including complimentary additional services or extended complimentary trial periods. Please check the special enhanced benefit page for the latest added services.

 


NEW: Members-Only Facebook Group.

 

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Member Spotlight: Harry A. Payton of Payton & Associates in Miami

Harry is one of only 88 lawyers in Florida with dual Florida Bar board certification in civil trial and business litigation. He represents domestic and international corporations and high net worth individuals in complex business litigation matters, and handles professional malpractice cases for plaintiffs and defendants involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers. Harry was appointed in 2012 to the Professionalism Committee for the 11th Judicial Circuit and chairs the mentoring program subcommittee. In addition to the Solo & Small Firm Section, Harry is a member of The Florida Bar Business Law & Entertainment and Arts & Sports Law sections. He is active in numerous ABA sections and committees. He earned an LL.B. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. degree cum laude from FSU.

Read the full profile on Facebook.


FREE Cloud Computing Basics from the Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute

The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Technology has developed a Quick Start Guide on cloud computing to answer basic questions and suggest questions to ask potential cloud providers. Check out the PRI cloud computing page for free video tutorials:

  • Choosing a cloud storage provider
  • Do I have to have a physical office?
  • How can I safely share files with a client over the Internet?
  • What do I need to know about keeping my network secure?
  • I am interviewing cloud providers. What questions should I ask?

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Mark your calendar for March 10 -18, 2018, and join the Solo & Small Firm Section for CLE in Ireland! The land cost is $2,076 per person double occupancy; single room supplement is $925. The tour includes exclusive transport by luxury motor coach with a driver/guide, lunch at the Law Society of Ireland (subject to change), drinks reception at Dromoland Castle, passage on the Tarbert Ferry, sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry, a guided tour of Dublin, tour of Dublin Courts (subject to change) and much, much more!

For more information or to book contact Jeanne Hutli, Odyssey Travel, (386) 672-8113.


Lawyers Advising Lawyers

 

 

Lawyers Advising Lawyers is a free service offered to Florida Bar members who may need advice in a specific area of law, procedure or legal issueThe program consists of more than 300 attorney advisors who volunteer to assist other members. Advice is offered in over 50 areas of law and procedure.

Each LAL attorney advisor is required to have a minimum of five years of experience in his or her respective area of advice.

Learn More


NEW: Members-Only Facebook Group.

Office space to share? Seeking co-counsel on a case? Win a prestigious award? Share your news in the section’s Facebook group. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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Member Spotlight: Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy of Jean-Pierre Coy P.A. in Tampa

Theresa is a former assistant public defender who practices criminal defense law. She handles cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder and has served as lead trial counsel on well over 50 criminal jury trials. She also focuses her practice on personal injury law. Theresa graduated with high honors from Florida A&M University where she majored in political science and public administration. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law, with a concentration in advocacy. She is Haitian-American, fluently speaks Haitian-Creole and takes pride in being able to help the Haitian community with their legal needs in their native language. Read the full profile on Facebook.

 



FREE Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media Marketing 

If your ideal clients are on the Internet (and if they are alive, they are), you could be missing out on a world of marketing opportunity. You can keep telling yourself that you don’t “need” social mediaor you can learn why you do. Check out articles on How to Assess Your Online Image, How to Use Facebook to Drive Traffic to Your Website, How to Reach Your LinkedIn Goals and more.

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Upcoming CLE Opportunities

  • Audio Webcast: Shades of Gray – The Dilemma of an Aging Legal Population. Oct. 4, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Annual Ethics Update 2017: More Shades of Gray – 21st Century Challenges Facing Lawyers and the Legal Profession. Nov. 2, 2017. Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando.
  • Agriculture Law Update 2017. Nov. 17, 2017. Florida Farm Bureau Federation Building, Gainesville.

March 2018 CLE Trip to Ireland Over St. Patrick’s Day

Registration details and brochures are in the works for this exciting CLE experience. You’ll enjoy historic castles, cozy pubs and Irish traditions—and spend St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Dublin! Travelers may add a March 18-21 visit to Scotland.

More information coming soon.




iMazing: Manage your iPhone. Your way. (Free) 

Get a trusted software to transfer and save your music, messages, files and data. Safely back up any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Powerful and user-friendly, iMazing is “simply the best” iOS device manager for Mac and PC. iMazing Mini is a free Mac and PC app that backs up your iOS devices automatically, wirelessly, and privately.

Go beyond iTunes. Get iMazing.


 

Florida Bar Member Benefit 

PracticePanther is “easy to use legal software for the modern attorney.” PracticePanther’s law practice management software combines time tracking, case management, billing, invoice, document management and a CRM all in one. Florida Bar members get 15 percent off for life. 

Try it free. No credit card needed. Cancel anytime.


NEW: Members-Only Facebook Group.

Office space to share? Seeking co-counsel on a case? Win a prestigious award? Share your news in the section’s Facebook group. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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More Than 100 Administrative Forms – Free From The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute. These forms are excellent starting points for you to develop standardized client correspondence, fee agreements, client information handouts, etc. Select a category to access forms in Microsoft Word format.

 


 

ONE-HOUR CLE on CD. If you missed the July 26 audio webcast, “50 Practice Tips from Highly Successful Solo & Small Firm Practitioners,” you now can get the CLE on CD. Listen while you drive to work! Attorneys Teresa Byrd MorganJohn Maceluch and Paige Greenlee share tips, information and inspiration for running solo and small firms. Solo & Small Firm Section members receive a $25 discount.




Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word. Wouldn’t it be great to have a quick-access guide to shortcuts that allow you to work faster and more efficiently? This chart shows all keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Word 2016. If you don’t use keyboard shortcuts, give them a try. Here are some that we use most often: 

  • Decrease font size 1 point – Ctrl+[
  • Increase font size 1 point – Ctrl+]
  • Center text – Ctrl+E
  • Undo – Ctrl+Z
  • Re-do – Ctrl+Y

 


 

Florida Bar Member Benefit. MyCase is easy-to-use, web-based, practice management software that helps you manage cases, track time, automate billing and communicate with your clients.

Learn how MyCase can help you practice more and manage less. MyCase is priced at $39/month per user. Florida Bar Members receive a free trial and a 10% off lifetime discount. Access your free trial and 10% Florida Bar discount here.


NEW: Members-Only Facebook Group. Office space to share? Seeking co-counsel on a case? Win a prestigious award? Share your news in the section’s Facebook group. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.

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