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Practice Tips, CLE & News From The Florida Bar Solo & Small Firm Section

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  2018-2019 Committee Preference Forms Due by April 15

Get Involved! Network with colleagues from around the state, make a lasting difference in the section and increase your professional profile. The section’s six committees and executive council improve return on investment for our members through engaging CLEs, relevant publications, members-only benefits and more. Committee appointments are for the Bar term July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. Some committees might elect to begin meeting prior to July 1. Committees generally will meet by telephone, and in-person meetings likely will be scheduled for fall 2018. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to play an active role in the section.


FREE One-Hour CLE: Automate and Simply Your Law Practice

From The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that 23 percent of a lawyer’s job can be automated. In this free CLE presented by Rocket Matter and The Florida Bar PRI, systems administrator and I.T. pro Steve Senentz explains how automation can be your friend if you understand how it can help you run a more efficient practice. 

  • Learn common law firm tasks that can benefit from automation and helpful (and affordable) technologies that are available to make it happen.
  • Get a free worksheet to help you start the automation process.
  • Streamline your billing with email invoice sharing and electronic payments.
  • Hear about specific apps and services that can reduce the time you spend on administrative and repetitive tasks such as scheduling meetings.

Rocket Matter is a Florida Bar preferred member benefit. Rocket Matter has “the most powerful, easy-to-use time and billing software in the industry.” Florida Bar members receive a 15 percent lifetime discount off the regular monthly pricing. Use the code FLBARLIFE when you call (866) 710-1845. You can also sign up for a free trial online. No credit card required.

FREE E-Book: 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Law Firm Marketing Before Going Solo

Get an inside glimpse of the marketing tactics used to build a successful solo law practice in under three years. Attorney Joleena Louis went from zero clients to having an enviable solo law practice while transforming herself into one of the most prolific legal marketers in New York. How’d she do it? This e-book gets you an “under-the-hood” look at the marketing tactics she used to get clients.


Member Spotlight: Gerald B. Stewart

The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Gerald B. Stewart of Jacksonville, a solo practitioner who focuses in the areas of bankruptcy, probate and guardianship. Gerald earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1979 and has the distinction of being included in “Florida’s First Black Lawyers (1869-1979),” part one of two publications by the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter NBA that chronicle the rich legacy of Florida’s first black lawyers.

Gerald worked with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit until 1985, when he went into private practice and formed the Law Offices of Gerald B. Stewart. He has handled more than 2,300 bankruptcy cases and more than 1,000 probate and guardianship cases. Several of his cases have made new law and have been published in the Southern Second Reporter. He attributes much of his professional success to his two mentors, Ernest Jackson and the late William Roberts, who are also among “Florida’s First.”

After graduating from high school in 1972, Stewart was admitted to the University of Florida as a part of the Equal Opportunity Program. He majored in history and spent 16 weeks studying in Oxford, Miss., on a Council on Legal Education Opportunity scholarship.

Gerald is a Jacksonville native, the sixth of seven children born to Willie and Maude Stewart. He is married to Betty Stewart, and they have two children, Sabrina and Melanie. He is also an elder at the Chaffee Road Church of Christ. He advises young lawyers to ask questions; seek advice from older lawyers; treat opposing counsel with respect, and when appropriate, focus on kindness, and family—never forget to spend time with family. Contact him at Gerald Stewart or 904.353.8876.

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