Annual Ethics Update: Legal Ethics in a Changed World
Oct 16 @ 8:00 AM – 12:35 PM

Live GoToWebinar. Registrants have 90-day access. The Solo Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar is pleased to announce its 2020 Annual Ethics Program – Legal Ethics in a Changing World. This virtual conference will explore the impact of working from home and the virtual practice of law has on our ethical obligations and legal community. Join us for a look into ethical leadership and innovation, video conferencing risk management, ethics and the new normal and maintaining legal decorum in the courtroom. We will also reflect on how COVID -19 has impacted both the physical and mental health of our legal community. Section members register for only $185. 5.0 CLE credits, all of which may be applied toward Ethics. Course number 4115.  REGISTER NOW

8:00 AM – 8:10 AM
Peggy Hoyt, Program Chair

8:10 AM – 9:00 AM
Leadership, Innovation and the “New Normal”
Teresa Schmid, Chicago, IL

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
Video Conferencing Risk Management Considerations
Joanna L. Storey, San Francisco, CA

9:50 AM – 10:05 AM

10:05 AM – 10:55 AM
Ethics and Risk Management: What will the “New Normal” Look Like?
Karen Rubin, Cleveland, OH

10:55 AM – 11:45 AM
Maintaining Professional Decorum in the “New Normal”
Eugene Pettis, Ft. Lauderdale

11:45 AM – 12:35 PM
How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Impacted the Physical and Mental Health Florida’s Legal Community
Dr. Scott Weinstein, Pompano Beach

Tools to Increase Your Bottom Line
Oct 20 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Oct. 20 Live InReach webinar by Danielle Babcock of Thomson Reuters. Building law firm awareness is the key to increasing your business and profits. Your law firm can be promoted in everything you do from websites and social media, to blogging efforts, client communications, branding, managing Google, and law firm public relations.  Join Danielle Babcock of FindLaw to explore ways to increase your bottom line by learning about the tools you can use to reach your best clients. Course number 4062. Approved for 1.0 General CLE credit. REGISTER NOW

Danielle BabcockDanielle Babcock is a digital marketing strategist for FindLaw, a division of Thomson Reuters. For the past thirteen years, she has exclusively worked with small business owners in helping them protect, grow and market themselves. Since 2007, she has assisted over 800 businesses, including law firms, in protecting or growing their brands.  When working with clients, she finds the greatest importance lies in focusing on how the firm differentiates itself.  By creating a unique strategy to market strengths, it ideally drives retaining the ideal client on a more consistent basis. Her hobbies include weight training, running, personal training, friends and international travel. Danielle and her husband of two years, Ben, had their first child named Braxton, on May 9, 2020.  Her favorite pastime now is spending time with her baby boy and two dogs Titan and Sophie.

FREE CLE for Section Members: Conducting Remote Proceedings: From Presenting Evidence During Hearings and Trials to Participating in Zoom Mediations
Oct 21 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

“Conducting Remote Proceedings: From Presenting Evidence During Hearings and Trials to Participating in Zoom Mediations.” October 21, 12 – 1 PM Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar, free CLE for Solo & Small Firm Section members. Presented by Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Hunter Carroll, Third Judicial Circuit General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall GriffinRenee Thompson and Liz McCausland1.0 CLE credit pending approval. Course number TBA.

Free CLE for Section Members: Why Would Anyone Hack ME? Cybersecurity in the Time of COVID-19 for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner
Oct 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Oct. 28 Wednesday Wisdom free CLE on Zoom for Solo & Small Firm Section members by Margaret “Peggy” Hewitt of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., Bryan Barnhart of Infiltration Labs and Third Circuit General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin. Join FLMIC’s Resource Manager and an expert in cybersecurity during this primer for the Florida solo and small firm practitioner following the pandemic-driven flight to the home office and virtual courtroom.  Peruse the pitfalls and solutions of the insecure network, the Alexa overheard client conference and the nursery-turned-hearing-room from a never-before-home-office-dwelling litigator and a cybersecurity expert. Course number and technology CLE credit pending approval. REGISTER

Bryan Barnhart Peggy Hewitt of FLMICJennifer Kuyrkendall GriffinBefore coming to Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Peggy Hewitt was a 20-year partner of Jones, Hurley & Hand, P.A.  Before joining a law firm, Ms. Hewitt was in-house counsel for the Walt Disney Company; before Disney, she was Counsel to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and an Assistant State Attorney.  Her practice experience included over 120 jury trials, and countless administrative hearings and appeals in the areas of Insurance Defense, Employment and Labor Law, and Workers’ Compensation.

Bryan Barnhart is owner/operator of Infiltration Labs, which specializes in forensic investigations, penetration testing, and education services. He is a former Cyber Crimes Investigator, Police Detective and SWAT Operator/Instructor. Bryan is a former Network Intrusion Incident Responder and Digital Evidence Forensic Examiner with the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. He serves as a Network Intrusion response instructor to the U.S. Secret Service.

Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin is the General Magistrate for the Third Judicial Circuit in North Central Florida and presides over probate, guardianship, domestic relations and foreclosure matters. She is a former chair of the Solo & Small Firm Section. Jennifer’s past Bar experience includes service as President of the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association and on various committees of The Florida Bar Family Law Section. As the Third Judicial Circuit Young Lawyer’s Board of Governor’s Representative, she oversaw the development and launch of the YLD’s  “Mentoring With the Masters” video program. Jennifer also is the author of “Deadly Escape,” a crime thriller novel that for several semesters has been used as a course textbook for Stetson Law School’s Criminal Procedure class.

How the Ethical Lawyer Can Avoid Technology Traps
Nov 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 17 live GoToWebinar by Tim ChinarisEven the most ethical lawyer faces challenges presented by today’s technology.  Former Bar Ethics Director, Dean Tim Chinaris, will outline several areas in this presentation in which an otherwise ethical lawyer could unknowingly cross the line and find himself or herself in ethical problems.  Ways to avoid these “technology traps” will be addressed. Approved for 1.0 General CLE credit, all of which may be applied to Ethics, and 1.0 Technology CLE credit. Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

Timothy Chinaris

Tim Chinaris is Associate Dean for Information Services and Professor of Law at Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches courses in legal ethics, torts, insurance law, and other subjects.  Professor Chinaris was Ethics Director of The Florida Bar from 1989-1997, where he ran the popular “ethics hotline” service that answers more than 25,000 calls annually from bar members.

Free CLE for Section Members: Essentials of Sovereign Immunity Litigation under §768.28
Nov 18 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Registration details coming soon. Free Wednesday Wisdom CLE for Solo & Small Firm Section members. Nov. 18 live audio webcast presented by Lee “Pete” Muschott. This webinar will provide the foundation for prosecuting claims against governmental entities or defending those entities against claims for negligence.

Pete Muschott



Free CLE for Section Members: Make Money While You Sleep: Get Your Side Hustle On
Dec 2 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Registration details coming soon. Dec. 2 Wednesday Wisdom free CLE on Zoom for Solo & Small Firm Section members by Paula Black and Joshua Hertz. Join Joshua Hertz and Paula Black for an informative Wednesday Wisdom about the different ways to generate passive income. As a solo or small firm attorney, we know all too well that there are only so many hours in a day and adding one more thing to our to-do list is unthinkable. But what if that one thing could be revenue-generating? Join us for a lively discussion about supplementing your income.

Joshua Hertz Paula Black - Business Coach


  • Joshua J. Hertz is solo at The Law Offices of Joshua J. Hertz, P.A.  He began his legal career clerking for his brother law firm Eric Hertz P.C., in Atlanta in the late 90s.  He assisted with many personal injury trials in which some have reached record-breaking verdicts in the state.  After graduating from law school he opened his own law firm concentrating in personal injury law in 2001.
  • Paula Black is one of the leading business development coaches for lawyers. She regularly shows her clients how to attract more clients and grow their businesses while still having the personal life they really want. Black’s most gratifying work is one-on-one coaching where she can witness the growth and change that individuals experience with her guidance. She was voted one of the Top Legal Business Development Coaches and is on Forbes Coaching Council. She is an award-winning and bestselling author of The Little Black Book series and has published her fifth book, A Lawyer’s Guide to Creating a Life Not Just A Living, available on Amazon.


Professionalism for Florida Attorneys
Dec 8 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Registration details coming soon. Tuesday, Dec. 8 live InReach webinar presented by Bill Curphey. This seminar will provide examples of unprofessional behavior and suggest how to deal with it.  Also discussed will be the Professionalism Expectations included in key Florida Bar documents; the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar upon which disciplinary action is usually based for unprofessionalism; informative cases; local professionalism panels; the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program; the Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism; and the 17th Judicial Circuit Pilot program on professionalism and civility. CLE credit pending approval:  1.0 General, 1.0 Professionalism credits.

Bill Curphey

Bill Curphey has been practicing for over 45 years, beginning as a trial attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Labor prosecuting companies for violations of federal labor and employment laws and then associate counsel for a Fortune 200 company where he coordinated litigation nationwide.  He has been with Big Law firms before starting his own practice 20 years ago, mainly as a commercial litigator representing businesses large and small nationwide mostly in federal court. He has built a national practice while maintaining a small-town lifestyle in Bradenton, Florida.