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Columbia Marriott

2011 Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting

"Exploring the Business Side of Law Firms"

presented by the

Solo & Small Firm Section of the South Carolina Bar

Live at the
Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 
Friday, September 23
 
 
 


 
 
 
About the Seminar
If you’ve been looking for a CLE that addresses the real needs of real small firm lawyers, this is it. In just one day, you'll get practical advice, answers to specific questions and important tips on how to build a successful business. Practicing law is much more than simply knowing the law. It's about running your practice like a business and knowing all the marketing and ethical considerations every attorney needs to succeed.  
Who Should Attend?
  • Solo lawyers
  • Lawyers in firms with 10 or fewer lawyers
  • Lawyers starting a law firm
  • New law school graduates
  • Law firm administrators, information technologists and paralegals
  • Any lawyer wanting to know more about technology and law office management
  • Anyone with an interest in managing their practice better, smarter, more efficiently
With two course tracks (Technology for Small Firms and Practice Management), technology and office management exhibitors chosen specifically for small firms, and a luncheon for all attendees, this is a seminar you cannot afford to miss!
 
This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours, including 1.0 LEPR credit hour. 
 
Hotel Registration Information
Room reservations may be made at the Columbia Marriott by calling (803) 771-7000.  Please identify yourself as being with the S.C. Bar Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $115 per night.
 
 
Program Agenda

 
Track One - Practice Management
Moderator: Ken H. Lester
                       Lester & Hendrix
Track Two - Technology for Small Firms
Moderator: William E. Booth` III
                     Booth Law Firm, LLC
 
7:30 a.m.
Registration
8 a.m.
How Not to Commit Malpractice with Your Computer
Laura A. Calloway - Alabama State Bar
 Courtney G. Kennaday – South Carolina Bar
Barbara M. Seymour – Office of Disciplinary Counsel
9 a.m.
Exhibitor Showcase
9:15 a.m.
Best Practices for a Successful Law Firm
John S. Nichols
Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC
 
Tiffany N. Provence
Provence Messervy, LLC
Essential Technology for Small Firms: What Every Lawyer Needs
William E. Booth III
Booth Law Firm, LLC
 
Shawn M. French
The French Law Firm, LLC
 
10:15 a.m.
Exhibitor Showcase
10:45 a.m.
Marketing Tips: From Analog to Digital
Linda F. Knapp
Knapp Law Firm, PC
 
Stephanie L. Kimbro
Kimbro Legal Services, LLC 
The Attainable Paperless Office
Natalie Kelly
State Bar of Georgia
 
David A. Maxfield
Trotter & Maxfield, Attorneys
11:45 a.m.
Luncheon with Speakers & Exhibitors
1 p.m.
Appointed: What You Need to Know About Court Appointments and PCR
 
Melissa "Lisa" J. Armstrong
The Armstrong Law Office
 
J. Hugh Ryan III
S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense
 
 
Product Demos from Real Lawyers
 
Introduction to MindMap
David A. Maxfield
Trotter & Maxfield, Attorneys
 
Introduction to DropBox
J. Benjamin Stevens
The Stevens Firm, PA Family Law Center
 
Using the iPad in Litigation
William H. Latham
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
 
2 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase
2:30 p.m.
Trust Accounting 101: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
John S. Nichols 
Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC
 
Barbara M. Seymour
Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Take to the Cloud: Virtual Law Offices and Cloud Computing
Stephanie L. Kimbro
Kimbro Legal Services, LLC 
 
J. Benjamin Stevens
The Stevens Firm, P.A. Family Law Center
 
3:30 p.m.
Exhibitor Showcase
4 p.m.
60 Tips for Small Firm Lawyers in 60 Minutes
Laura Calloway – Alabama State Bar
Natalie Kelly - State Bar of Georgia
Courtney G. Kennaday – South Carolina Bar
Stephanie L. Kimbro - Kimbro Legal Services, LLC
 
5 p.m.
Adjourn

 
Course Descriptions
How Not to Commit Malpractice with Your Computer
Technology is a double-edged sword. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re likely to get hurt. Learn how to minimize risks associated with the technology you are already using every day and what to look for (and beware of) in the newest technology trends around – from cloud computing to social networks.
Laura A. Calloway, Courtney Kennaday and Barbara M. Seymour
 
60 Tips for Small Firm Lawyers in 60 Minutes
This session combines the best practice management and law office technology tips in one fast-paced, fun session. Be sure to stay – the tips you take away from this session could change your life (or at least the part that practices law)!
Stephanie L. Kimbro, Natalie R. Kelly, Laura A. Calloway and Courtney Kennaday
 
Practice Management Track
Best Practices for a Successful Law Firm
Successful law firms don’t happen by accident- they are the result of proper planning and well-implemented business practices. Join two successful small firm lawyers as they cover what you need to know from the beginning of a law practice and beyond - from the business plan to choosing your target client; from the cost of running an office to sending bills and getting paid.
John S. Nichols and Tiffany N. Provence
 
Marketing Tips: From Analog to Digital 
What’s the best way to attract new clients? Are Yellow Pages ads passé in a digital world? Could your next new client find you on Facebook? Or would your type of practice grow more by hanging out at the local diner? Our speakers will take two approaches to marketing, from “tried and true” to new. Learn more about social networking – digital style and old school style – and what will work for you.
Linda Farron Knapp and Stephanie L. Kimbro
 
Appointed: What You Need to Know About Court Appointments and PCR
What to do when you receive notice you’ve been appointed – critical steps you need to take to protect your client’s interests and what you can do to get reimbursed.
James H. Ryan
 
Trust Accounting 101: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
Whether you’re about to open your very first IOLTA account or you’ve had one for years, you probably have questions: Can I charge a “nonrefundable” retainer and how do I handle the funds? What happens if I overdraw my IOLTA account? What is the good funds rule? Fear not, our presenters will answer many of the frequently asked questions lawyers have about trust accounting.
John S. Nichols and Barbara M. Seymour
 
Tech for Small Firms Track
Essential Technology for Small Firms: What Every Lawyer Needs
Whether you are just starting out or you’re an old hat at running a law office, our speakers will set you straight on the software and hardware your office needs to succeed in the 21st century. Our experts will cover everything from scanners to smartphones for small firm lawyers.
Natalie R. Kelly and Shawn M. French
 
The Attainable “Paperless” Law Office
Do you feel like you’re drowning in paper? Would you like to be able to find what you need, when you need it, without tearing your office apart? Then join our expert, Natalie Kelly, and two South Carolina lawyers who have tried to implement “paperless” in their law offices. They’ll explain the process of starting a paperless office, including the software and hardware you’ll need, plus they’ll share their tips and tricks and whether they believe it’s realistic to expect a law firm to ever truly be “paperless.”
Natalie R. Kelly and Dave A. Maxfield
 
Product Demos from Real Lawyers
If you liked “Show and Tell” in grade school, you’ll love this techno/legal version. Join South Carolina lawyers as they demonstrate some of their favorite products that could change the way you practice. Dave Maxfield will share strategies using mind mapping software (Mindjet MindManager), Ben Stevens will describe how DropBox file hosting service can fit in your practice, and Bill Latham demonstrates the many ways the iPad can be used in litigation.
William H. Latham, Dave A. Maxfield and J. Benjamin Stevens
 
Take to the Cloud: Virtual Law Offices and Cloud Computing
What is a virtual law office? Can you really run your law office from the cloud? And what is cloud computing? If you don’t know your SaaS (software as a service) from a hole in the ground, this is the session for you. Our speakers will cover the basics, including an overview of cloud products for lawyers and the fundamentals of delivering legal services online.
Stephanie L. Kimbro and J. Benjamin Stevens

 

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