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Columbia Marriott
2012 Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting
"Small Firms, Big Opportunities"
presented by the
Solo & Small Firm Section of the South Carolina Bar
 
 Live at the
 
 Columbia Marriott
1200 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
 
Pre-registration has closed!
Walk-in registration opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Marriott Atrium.
 
 
About the Seminar
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The 2012 Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting “Small Firms, Big Opportunities” is Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Columbia Marriott.
 
Last year’s conference was a big success with 200 attendees, 14 exhibitors, a seated lunch, an address from the Bar President, prizes, and more! This year, we are aiming even higher, with more exhibits and an additional track for exhibitors to demonstrate their products and answer questions (no CLE credit).
 
We have great speakers with technology and practice management topics, such as e-discovery, iPads, fees, cloud computing, staffing issues, and everyone’s favorite: 50 Tips. Once again, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase bar publications at a discount that day. And if a software or hardware purchase is in your future, this is the CLE to attend.
 
Plan to come and bring someone else from your office so you can see everything. Lunch is included in the price. Early bird (before August 31) price for Section members is $205 and legal assistants can attend for just $125.

Have Shingle...Let’s Mingle! The 2012 Conference Kickoff Party
Thursday, September 13, 2012
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
SC Bar Conference Center - 1501 Park Street
Free to Conference Registrants or $15 for others

Room reservations may be made directly at the Columbia Marriott by calling (803) 771-7000. Please identify yourself as being with the SC Bar Solo & Small Firm CLE and Annual Meeting to receive the discounted rate of $129.00 night.

This program qualifies for 6.0 MCLE credit hours, including 2.0 LEPR credit hours. 
 

 
 
 
Program Descriptions
 
KEYNOTE
The Future of Law Practice: Dark Clouds or Silver Linings
Increased competition. Emerging technologies. The worldwide recession. We are over a decade into the 21st Century and lawyers are facing the biggest challenges in generations. Join keynote speaker Jim Calloway as he gazes into his crystal ball and predicts the issues lawyers are facing in the future and steps we can take now to prepare. Fasten your seatbelts; we’re in for a bumpy ride.
 
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT
Best Practices in Trust Accounting (ethics)
Stop being petrified of trust accounting.  From tri-part reconciliation to accepting credit cards, from the Good Funds Rule to commingling, our experts will help you brush up on the basics and get up to speed on the latest rules. They will also discuss critical law office accounting software products and how to successfully integrate them into your practice.
 
Best Practices in Setting, Billing and Collecting Fees (ethics)
Join our panel of practicing small firm lawyers as they wade into the sometimes muddy waters of flat fees and “non-refundable” retainers; fee agreements; contingency fees; fee sharing; accepting payment from a non-client;  getting paid with in-kind contributions;  hybrid fees (part contingency, part flat); accepting credit cards; collections; and more. You don’t want to miss this informative session!
 
Lawyers as Employers: Employment Law for Solos and Small Firms
Solo and small firm lawyers are often faced with managing personnel issues in addition to running their law practices. Our employment law gurus will show you how to weave your way through the complex, time consuming and often confusing maze of employment laws. This session covers a broad range of topics, including wage and hour issues, handbooks, drug testing, recordkeeping requirements and the various discrimination and harassment claims employers must avoid.
 
Advanced Marketing Skills for the New Economy
Competition for good clients is tough. Learn how you can successfully adapt to changing client expectations, dramatically increase your marketing efficiency and results, and build business in today’s economy. Join master practice advisor Dustin Cole as he offers insights and an array of new tools for prospering in the new economy.
 
TECHNOLOGY
10 Key Steps to Avoiding E-Discovery Malpractice with Individual Clients (ethics)
Every party in a lawsuit must play by the rules, including the e-discovery rules. However, many lawyers representing individual clients struggle with managing their client’s digital evidence. They also often fail to effectively launch competent e-discovery against the opposing parties.  In this program, you will learn 10 key steps to manage e-discovery effectively and how to avoid motions for fines, sanctions and potential malpractice claims.  Program materials include model checklists for initial client interviews, preservation instructions and a process for creating effective e-discovery demands on opposing parties.
 
Best Practices in Social Media (ethics)
This session might also be called “How Not to Screw Up Online.” Lawyers may be rushing to embrace social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc.), but they should approach with extreme caution. Before you jump in head first, learn which ethics rules are applicable, what steps you should take when you set up your social media accounts, and what best practices you should follow.
 
The iPad for Litigators
The iPad has gone from a gadget and web browser to a real productivity tool that litigators can use regularly in their practice.  Today, many trial lawyers are ditching their laptops and complicated trial technology set-ups in favor of the iPad. Learn how to use the iPad and the latest iPad apps to wirelessly present court exhibits, conduct depositions, prepare low-cost videos, conduct legal research and more.
           
Cloud Computing for Small Firms
Learn what cloud computing is and how small firm lawyers are incorporating it into their practice. You will hear about the benefits of migrating your practice to Google Apps for Business and the perks of using a plethora of cloud-based products for law firms, including Dropbox, SugarSync, Clio, Rocket Matter, and more.
           
PLENARY
Our Favorite Tips for Small Firm Lawyers
Our illustrious panel will share 50 (but who’s counting?) of their favorite fun, useful and just plain awesome practice management and technology tips -- everything from the best apps for iPad and Droid to cool new gadgets. You won’t want to miss the last session of the day – you might pick up YOUR favorite new tip! Whether you’re a lawyer, legal assistant or office manager, there’s something for everyone!
 
SPONSORS and EXHIBITORS
      
 
 
 
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