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The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section

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.

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 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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