Join fellow Solo & Small Firm Section members for a special member’s only half priced seminar designed to educate Solo & Small Firms on the latest practice management and technology trends.

Ellen serves as the Law Practice Management Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In that capacity she assists PBA’s members with management issues and decisions on the business side of their practice, including areas like technology, financial management and profitability, human resources, marketing, risk management, setting up a practice and so forth. PBA members are encouraged to contact Ellen through the 800 “Hot Line” at PBA headquarters, (800-932-0311 x2228) or through email (lawpractice@pabar.org).

Ellen is founder and President of Freedman Consulting, which assists PA law firms with a full range of issues and projects on the business side of the  practice. More information about Ellen and her law practice management services may be obtained at http:www.FreedmanLPM.com. Ellen also publishes the Law Practice Management blog at www.PA-LawPracticeManagement.com.

Ellen holds the designation of Certified Legal Manager through the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA), the credentialing body for the CLM degree. Of the 11,000+ members of the ALA, approximately 260 are certified legal managers. Ellen was one of the first 20 in the nation to have achieved this designation. She holds a Certification in Computer Programming from Maxwell Institute, and a Certification in Web Site Design and a B.A. from Temple University. 

Ellen managed inside law firms for twenty years. Most of that time was spent in a mid-size (35+ attorney) firm environment. She launched her consulting practice in 1998, and joined the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1999. Ellen is an associate member of the American Bar Association, and its Law Practice Management and General Practice & Small Firm sections. She was a member of the Association of Legal Administrators for over 20 years, and founded the Independence Chapter. She is a frequent author and speaker on law firm management issues on a national level.

8:30 a.m. Registration
8:55 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. Getting Paid
Ellen Freedman, Law Practice Management Coordinator, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Ensure you get paid for the work you do with a proven methodology from intake to closing to increase cash flow and decrease bad debt. This session will cover details on creating an automated receivable follow-up program, taking credit cards, liens on files, reporting to credit bureaus, the pros and cons of suing, and more. [Note: this course is also suitable for bookkeepers and other key office personnel who are involved in the receivable management process.]

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. The Paperless Office

Ellen Freedman
Can an office really be paperless? Why would you want it to be? This session will cover the hardware, software, and incremental steps to get to your own “paperless” state.

12:15 p.m. Networking Lunch sponsored by the SC Bar Solo and Small Firm Section

1:15 p.m. Cybersecurity for Law Practices

Timothy Mullen, Stasmayer
When it comes to cybersecurity in the legal industry, “best practices” really do make for the best practices.   The effective use of technology will give your practice a competitive edge, and online services can reduce costs while increasing productivity.  But along with these services and cloud provisions come substantial risk to your practice when not properly deployed, monitored, and secured.  Delivered by an expert in IT security, this CLE will provide you with immediately actionable tools and processes to help you keep your practice, and your clients’ information, secure in an on-line world.

2:15 p.m. The Lean Law Firm 
David A. Maxfield, Dave Maxfield, Attorney, LLC
Stop running your law firm with outdated procedures that continue to doom lawyers to an unprofitable, chaotic existence. In this session, learn lean management techniques used by companies like Toyota and Intel. You’ll gain not only a theoretical understanding, but also practical tips you can employ immediately to improve your firm’s financial position – as well as your happiness running a law firm. You’ll come away with a new perspective on managing your law practice.

3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

3:30 p.m. Ethically Market Your Practice on a Budget 
Ellen Freedman
Effective marketing activities don’t have to break the bank. This course will offer ethical and practical suggestions on easy strategies you can implement at a low cost.

4:30 p.m. Adjourn


All registrations must be pre-paid. 
Need to cancel or transfer your registration? Simply notify us in writing no later than 24 hours prior to the published start time of the seminar at registrar@scbar.org. You will be eligible to receive a full refund, be transferred to the live webcast or archived online version of the same seminar (if available), or to a live seminar of equal or lesser value - all with no cancellation or transfer fee.  Refunds will not be issued for cancellations made within 24 hours of a seminar start time, but all other options listed above are available with no transfer fee.

  • Columbia
    In-Person Seminar
    Bar Conference Center
    1501 Park Street , Columbia, SC 29201