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60 Tips for Small Firm Lawyers in 60 Minutes


Credit(s): 1 CLE Credits
Course Number: DL-529
Original Program Date: September 23, 2011
Duration: 57 minutes
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  • If you’ve been looking for a CLE that addresses the real needs of real small firm lawyers, this is it.  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 Purchase?

    • 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
    1 CLE Credits
    Laura A. Calloway

    Laura is the Director of Service Programs and Director of the Practice Management Assistance Program for the Alabama State Bar.  Before joining the Alabama State Bar in 1997 to establish the Practice Management Assistance Program, she practiced law in Montgomery, Alabama, for 16 years as a solo practitioner and member of two small firms, concentrating her practice in residential real estate, collections, consumer bankruptcy and family law.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, where she participates in the Law Practice Management Section.  She has served on the section’s governing council since September of 2006.  She was also a member of the planning board of ABA TECHSHOW® 2006, 2007 and 2008, and served as Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2009.  In September of 2009 she was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management.  She (sporadically) blogs at The Last Word (http://asblastword.wordpress.com/) on issues of interest to the members of the Alabama State Bar.  You may follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/LCalloway. 

    Natalie Kelly

    Natalie is the Director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Law Practice Management Program in Atlanta, Georgia.  She provides extensive practice management and technology consulting to the members of the Georgia Bar. She is a Certified Consultant and Trainer for ABACUS Law, Amicus Attorney, PCLaw, PracticeMaster, TABS3, TimeMatters, Billing Matters, and Timeslips software applications; and a frequent writer and presenter on practice management and legal technology topics around the country. 

    She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College in 1990, and attended law school at both the University of Miami and Georgia State University.  Prior to her employment with the State Bar, she worked as a legal assistant to a sole practitioner; and held law-related positions within the hospitality, commercial real estate, education, and communications fields.  She also taught Law Office Management as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. She actively participates in the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section  and  the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division.  She has also been a member of the National Association of Bar Executives, the National Bar Association, and the National Association of Legal Administrators.  At home, Natalie is a hard-working wife and mother of 3 daughters. 

     

     

    Courtney G. Kennaday, Director, Practice Management Assistance Program

    Courtney Kennaday is the Director of the Practice Management Assistance Program at the South Carolina Bar. She graduated in 1989 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Working in both large and small law firms – as an attorney, a law librarian, and a director of information technology – she shared her enthusiasm for technology with other lawyers. She authored the first article about the Internet to appear in South Carolina Lawyer magazine in 1996. She served as Chair of the South Carolina Bar Technology Committee from 1997 to 1999, during which time the Committee assisted the Bar in developing its Web page and in clarifying the ethics rules pertaining to email communications with clients. She continues to write and lecture on technology and ethics topics for lawyers, speaking to lawyers across the state and across the country. In 2007, she appeared at the Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference, the largest in the country. She appeared as a speaker at ABA TECHSHOW® in Chicago in five separate years. She is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section, where she was Vice-Chair of the Computer and Technology Division, and is a member of the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section. Currently, she co-authors a regular column for lawyers, Sites for Sore Eyes, which appears in both the ABA GP Solo magazine and the online Technology eReport. She has been the Practice Management Advisor of the South Carolina Bar since 2002. In her position as PMA, she advises Bar members on technology, office management, and ethics. Her PMAP (Practice Management Assistance Program) web pages are among the most visited on the SC Bar website and were recently ranked number five by the ABA in the top six best state Bar resources in the country. One of her favorite things to do is to talk about law office technology.

    Stephanie L. Kimbro, M.A., J.D.

    Stephanie Kimbro, M.A., J.D., operates a web-based virtual law office in North Carolina where she practices estate planning and small business law online. She is the recipient of the 2009 ABA Keane Award for Excellence in eLawyering and has won the local Wilmington Parent Magazine Family Favorite Award three years in a row. Her virtual law practice has been featured in Law Practice Magazine, ABA Journal, GP/Solo Magazine, Lawyers USA, The Federal Lawyer, NC Lawyers Weekly and the Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine Addendum. She is also the co-founder of Virtual Law Office Technology, LLC (VLOTech) which was acquired by Total Attorneys in the fall of 2009. In addition to her own virtual law practice, Kimbro works with other solo and small firm attorneys to set up virtual law offices nationwide. She is also on the faculty at Solo Practice University, a web-based educational community for legal professionals, where she teaches a course on virtual law practice.

    Kimbro writes about technology and ethics issues in virtual law practice on her blog, Virtual Law Practice, and is currently writing a book on the topic for the ABA's Law Practice Management Section. She has authored an ebook, "Practicing Law Online: Creating a Web-Based Virtual Law Office" and has presented CLEs on virtual law practice for the ABA and North Carolina Bar Association.
    Kimbro received her JD from the University of Dayton School of Law, a law school with a nationally recognized Law and Technology Program. She also holds an MA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
    Follow this speaker on Twitter: @StephKimbro

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