The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is the Education Partner for the 2021 Solo & Small Firm Conference—and 10 scholarships are available for YLD members. Interested? Apply by Jan. 15, 2021, by sending a resume and brief essay about your experience as a solo or small-firm lawyer to firstname.lastname@example.org with a “Conference Scholarship” subject line. Special consideration will be given to YLD applicants who also are members of the Solo & Small Firm Section.
2021 Solo & Small Firm Conference
February 12, 2021 • 8 AM – 12:55 PM • Virtual CLE Event
Registrants have 90-day, on-demand access.
5.0 General, 3.0 Technology CLE Credits • Course Number 4253
Section Members $185 • Non-Section Members $230
Welcome From the Conference Chair & Vice-Chair
Don’t miss the Solo & Small Firm Section’s first-ever Virtual Annual Conference! As the program organizers, we would like to invite you to join us live on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, for Virtually Irresistible: Tech Tools and Strategies for Solos and Small Firms, an all-new CLE event featuring some of the top practice advisors and experienced law firm managers in the United States.
Topics include Improving Team Building and Communication Skills in A Virtual World, Systems Thinking and Technology for Running the Lean Law Firm, Virtual Law Clerks and Contract Lawyers: Hiring, Training and Firing; Outsourcing, Law Firm Autopilot, and How to Sustain and Grow a Solo and Small Firm Practice With the Use of Technology.
Need more information? Please contact Solo & Small Firm Section Program Administrator Ricky Libbert at email@example.com or (850) 561-5631.
We hope to see you online!
Conference Schedule & Presenters
Welcome and Introductions
Cristina Alonso, Conference Chair, Pembroke Pines
Jacina Parson, Conference Vice-Chair, Clearwater
Let’s Talk. Improving Team Building and Communication Skills in A Virtual World.
One of the challenges of the virtual world is learning how to work effectively as a team. In addition, working remotely adds new wrinkles to how we communicate – not only with the team but with clients. This session will provide strategies that will help you more fully engage your team and tips to improve your communication with both your team and with clients. Presented by Nora Bergman of Atticus, Inc. and Real Life Practice, Tarpon Springs.
Systems Thinking and Technology for Running The Lean Law Firm.
While nearly every industry has jumped with both feet into the future, law firms have mostly failed to capitalize on the “science of industrial management.” No more. Learn how to transform your law firm using Lean methods and technologies pioneered by Toyota and relied upon by the world’s most profitable and highest performing companies from Dave Maxfield of Dave Maxfield Consumer Protection Law and co-author of the ABA’s bestselling book, “The Lean Law Firm,” Columbia, SC.
Virtual Law Clerks and Contract Lawyers: Hiring, Training and Firing; Outsourcing.
How do you find contract lawyers, integrate them into your practice, and provide sufficient oversight? What are the employment law considerations when hiring, training and firing law clerks and contract attorneys, particularly when working virtually? How do you determine the appropriate rates? Presented by Kristin Tyler of LAWCLERK, Las Vegas, NV.
11:05 AM–12 PM
Law Firm Autopilot
Effectively leveraging technology and automating aspects of your practice will free you up to focus on meaningful work. Presented by “Ernie the Attorney” Ernie Svenson of Law Firm Autopilot, New Orleans, LA.
How to Sustain and Grow a Solo and Small Firm Practice With the Use of Technology
A panel discussion with practitioners who have established successful solo and small firms will discuss their practice models and use of technology. Moderator: Cristina Alonso of Alonso l Appeals, Pembroke Pines. Panelists: April Martindale of Martindale Law, Sunrise; Camara Williams of Smith & Williams Trial Group, Orlando; and Liz McCausland of Liz McCausland, P.A., Orlando.