FREE CLE: A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Life, Not Just a Living: Unique Opportunities for Small Firm Lawyers
Oct 23 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Free, members-only, Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar presented by Joshua Hertz and Paula Black. This webinar will discuss ideas dealing with happiness in solo and smaller firm practices, which is the foundation of mental health and well being.  Topics to be discussed include how to successfully run your firm and to develop business that fits into your lifestyle while making you happy as you help others. Solo & Small Firm Section members only. Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed.


Annual Ethics Update – Live (Tampa) and Webcast @ Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
Oct 31 @ 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Creating a Gold Standard Reputation – The Ethics of a Successful Law Practice

Register online now for the 2019 Annual Ethics Update. Live (Tampa) and webcast on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. As members of The Florida Bar, our reputation, ethics and standing in the community should be impeccable. Our presenters will focus on professionalism, courtroom etiquette, cybersecurity in a changing world, sexual harassment and the unauthorized practice of law. Course 3477. Discounted registration for Solo & Small Firm Section members only $160 (live) and $210 (webcast). REGISTER

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM Welcome Peggy Hoyt, Oviedo

8:10 AM – 9:00 AM Professionalism – The Cornerstone of Your Reputation Caroline Johnson Levine, Tampa

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Cyber Security – How to Ethically Protect Yourself and Your Firm Angel R. Rojas, Jr., Tampa

9:50 AM – 10:00 AM Break

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM An Update on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Ghunise Coaxum, Orlando

10:50 AM – 11:40 AM Ethically Speaking, It’s Our Reputation – Imposter Syndrome and Sexual Harassment Melanie Griffin, Tampa

11:40 AM – 12:30 AM Etiquette for the Courtroom – Ethical and Practical Tips in a Digital World Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin, Live Oak, Peggy Hoyt, Oviedo and Melanie Griffin, Tampa

2019 Ethics Update

Executive Council Meeting @ Le Méridien Tampa
Nov 1 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Solo & Small Firm Section Executive Council meeting. All are welcome to attend.

Free CLE for Section Members – Basics of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under F.S. §768.28 @ Le Méridien Tampa
Nov 1 @ 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM

Free CLE seminar for Solo & Small Firm Section members. Basics of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under F.S. §768.28. Live presentation by Lee E. “Pete” Muschott, Section Chair.  5 – 5:50 p.m. at Le Meridien, Tampa. Registration details will be available soon.

FREE CLE: Attracting and Retaining Clients
Nov 6 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday Wisdom: “Attracting and Retaining Clients” by Bill Curphey. Zoom audio webcast, free for Solo & Small Firm Section members.

Whether you are starting as an associate at a firm, working for the government or a business, or starting out on your own, Bill Curphey will share his insights on how he built his successful private practice after transitioning from a federal trial attorney and corporate in-house counsel and how he continues to grow and keep his client base throughout his over 45 years of practice. CLE credit pending. Registration will be confirmed when section membership is verified. REGISTER

Attracting and Retaining Clients

Live Audio Webcast – Topic TBA
Nov 19 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Live audio webcast CLE presentation.

Transitioning from Government to Private/Solo Practice
Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Live audio webcast presented by Sean Desmond and John Maceluch. So I know how to litigate a jury trial or take a case to DOAH, surely I can run a law firm, right?!  Learn from the experiences of two former prosecutors who opened up a practice and learned the hard way about overhead, personnel issues, marketing, etc. Course 3409. 1.0 CLE. Section members register for only $75. Register online now.

FREE CLE: Why Does the Practice of Law Have to Be This Stressful?
Dec 11 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Free, members-only Zoom webinar presented by Jamie Billotte Moses. What makes the practice of law so stressful? What are you doing or not doing that might be contributing to your stress? Are you making things more time consuming and frustrating than they need to be? Are you sabotaging your peace of mind? Jamie Billotte Moses, appellate specialist at Holland & Knight, will share with you some of her strategies for balancing work, raising children and trying to be a contributing member of the community.

FREE CLE: Tips for Preparing Jury Instructions and Verdict Forms
Jan 22 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Free, members-only Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar presented by Cristina Alonso. Jury instructions and the verdict form are the keys a jury needs to unlock the proper analysis of the evidence and argument at trial, rendering them a critical aspect of any successful trial strategy. This presentation will address best practices in drafting the instructions and verdict form, how to prepare for the jury charge conference, and tips when objecting to instructions and modifying instructions with an aim toward preservation of error for appellate review.

2020 Solo and Small Firm Conference @ Hyatt Regency Orlando
Feb 7 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Save the date! Registration details will be available in October 2019. The conference theme is SOS: Secure, Optimize, Systemize. Survive—and thrive—strategies for solos and small firms.


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  • Secure the Hatches. Cybersecurity and Privacy for Lawyers
  • Know the Ropes. Bar Resources, Mentoring and Member Benefits
  • Lighten the Load. Automation, Integration and Paperless Strategies
  • All Hands on Deck. Creating and Managing a Successful Virtual Law Firm
  • Bridge the Gap. Generating Outside Income and Revenue Streams
  • Stay the Course. Surviving Solo While Sick
  • Toe the Line. Ethics and Social Media