The Florida Bar

The Florida Bar
and the General Practice Solo & Small Firm Section present
6th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference
"The Extraordinary Lawyer: Minding Your Own Business"
Practice Management Track
Held In Conjunction with The Florida Bar Midyear Meeting

Course Classification: Intermediate Level
September 21 - 22, 2012
Buena Vista Palace Hotel
1900 Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Course No. 1544C

Conference will include Mark Britton of AVVO and Kristen Nimsger of Thomson Reuters. Topics will be on Practice Management and will include things such as, procrastivity - using productive, creative ways to avoid snap decisions and achieve better results for a more productive practice and more satisfied clients, little big firm- using technology wisely to create big firm results, everything in its place - organization is the key to your success, the perfect interview - how to attract and hire the right people, what your support system team need to know to help you succeed, go paperless now! how to save money and time (your two most valuable commodities), nice attorneys finish first - acquiring the seven virtues of good lawyering and curing the seven deadly sins of unethical behavior. NOTE: To purchase the course book separately see course 1423R.

Friday, September 21

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by: Ave Maria School of Law

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Welcome – Teresa Byrd Morgan, Esq., Conference Chair
Introduction – Margaret “Peggy” Hoyt, Esq., Program Chair

8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary Speaker – Ignite your Business Development
Mark Britton – Founder and CEO of Avvo

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Procrastivity – Using Productive, Creative Ways to Avoid Snap Decisions and Achieve Better Results for a More Productive Practice and More Satisfied Clients
Kerul Kassel, Harmony

10:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Little Big Firm – Using Technology Wisely to Create Big Firm Results
Ernest Svenson, Esq., New Orleans, LA
Ray Abadin, Esq., Miami

12:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Networking Lunch (included in registration fee)
Sponsored by: Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

1:45 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
What Your Support Team Needs to Know to Help You Succeed
Laney Lyons Chavis, Detroit, MI

2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Go Paperless Now! How to Save Money and Time (Your Two Most Valuable Commodities)
Debbie Foster, Tampa

3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Nice Attorneys Finish First – Acquiring the Seven Virtues of Good Lawyering and Curing the Seven Deadly Sins of Unethical Behavior
Moderator: Ava K. Doppelt, Esq., Orlando
Panel: Mark J. Criser, Esq., Tampa
Patricia A. Toro Savitz, Esq.,Orlando
Ramón A. Abadin, Esq., Miami
Frank M. Bedell, Esq., Orlando
Mayanne Downs, Esq., Orlando

5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Sponsored by: Thomson Reuters
Entertainment sponsored by: The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division

Saturday, September 22

7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
Welcome – Teresa Byrd Morgan, Esq., Conference Chair
Introduction – Margaret “Peggy” Hoyt, Esq., Program Chair

8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Plenary Speaker – Technology to Build Efficiency and a Competitive Edge
Kristen Nimsger, Managing Director & General Manager, Litigation Solutions for Thomson Reuters

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Everything In Its Place – Organization is Key to Your Success
Lynette Reynolds, Orlando

10:45 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Law Student Program – Succeeding as a New Law Clerk or Associate in a Smaller Firm

11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
The Perfect Interview – How to Attract and Hire the Right People
Laney Lyons Chavis, Detroit, MI

12:35 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Working Lunch (included in registration fee)
Q&A Regarding Conference Issues and General Discussion
All Conference Speakers


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Credit may be applied to more than one of the programs above but cannot exceed the maximum for any given program. Please keep a record of credit hours earned. RETURN YOUR COMPLETED CLER AFFIDAVIT PRIOR TO CLER REPORTING DATE (see Bar News label). (Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 6-10.5).

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