Georgia’s Solo & Small Firm Institute is in the Works

Take Charge is a special event.  It’s Georgia’s Solo and Small Firm Institute and it is scheduled for July 14 & 15 at the State Bar Headquarters.  You can see the agenda, register at the early bird rate, and more at the official conference website, www.gabarsolo.org.

Stay tuned for conference updates!

– Natalie & Bill

Want to see us live? Bill & Natalie at State Bar’s Midyear Meeting CLE

Come join us on February 5th, at the State Bar’s Midyear Meeting.  Here are the CLE details and you can register on site!

TECHNOLOGY IN PRACTICE: AVOIDING ETHICAL LANDMINES AND MAXIMIZING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND TOOLS

9 A.M. – 12 P.M. | 3 CLE hours

Lawyers have realized they have to understand how to use technology, but knowing what they need to be wary of for ethical compliance and then learning how to best use systems can create concerns. The presenters will discuss hot ethical landmines to steer clear of when using technology; review cutting-edge technologies including an assessment tool geared toward helping lawyers understand their proficiency with commonly used software; and show attendees the new face of Fastcase. Each of the panelists will walk through some of their favorite technology solutions, showing you exactly how they work and explaining the benefits of using them. With the new skills and tools learned in this session, lawyers will be armed to use their current technology better as soon as they leave.

TOPICS:

Ethical Considerations for Today’s Technology:  William J. Cobb, Assistant General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia Office of the General Counsel, Atlanta

The New Face of Fastcase: Presenting Fastcase 7:  mSheila Baldwin, Member Benefits Coordinator, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

Legal Tech Tools and Know-How in 7-Minutes:   Sheila Baldwin; William J. Cobb; Natalie R. Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta Co-Sponsors: Law Practice Management Program, Office of the General Counsel, Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia

ABA TECHSHOW 2015 – Next Month in Chicago!

If you don’t already have your registration confirmation for this year’s ABA TECHSHOW, then you need to hurry and sign up!

I truly enjoyed leading the conference on last year, and having the opportunity to make it a record-breaking year for the ABA Law Practice Division’s program.  But, I am just as excited about this year.

All the information you need is at www.techshow.com.  Check out the conference schedule and find some time to get to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW 2015!  You can also see what we’ve said about TECHSHOW in past years here and here.

P.S. There is a special State Bar of Georgia Event Promoter discount for registration.  Contact Pam Myers in the Law Practice Management Program at pamm@gabar.org or 404-527-8621 for the code before registering.

-Natalie

Fall Quarterly CLE for Solos and Small Firms Coming Back Around

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to gear up for things like pretty leaves, football (SEC is preferred down here), and cooler temps. But, it’s also time to mark your law office calendars again for the Fall CLE focused on solo and small firm practice. While the agenda will be posted at ICLE (www.iclega.org), we wanted to share a sneak peek into what’s in store for attendees. 
The CLE will mainly focus on technology this time around. Want to learn about what’s out there and how to use it in your practice? What do you do to protect your law firm’s computer systems? What are some of the latest and most useful apps and gadgets for lawyers? What the heck is “big data” and why do I need to know?
Well, you might as well go ahead and circle Halloween on your calendar. Yes, the Fall CLE is slated for October 31st, and you don’t want to miss it to learn the answers to all of these tech-based questions. Finally, don’t fret if you have children or still participate in Halloween yourself, you’ll be out of the CLE in plenty of time to gear up for early evening activities!

– Natalie & Tina

ABA TECHSHOW 2013 – Bringing Lawyers and Technology Together

One of the favorite parts of my job is attending and participating in ABA TECHSHOW.  This annual conference brings together the world’s leading legal technology experts and boasts one of the most expansive and on-point product Expositions in legal technology today.   Yes, it’s a big deal, and I am so grateful that I get to be intimately involved with putting it together.  I currently serve as Vice Chair, and will Chair ABA TECHSHOW in 2014.

Yes, that’s very nice, but why should Georgia lawyers get involved? Well, here’s what you can expect out of the conference.  Each year, ABA TECHSHOW is a 3-day event that goes something like this:

Pre-Conference Events

Arrive in Chicago.

Attend LexThink.1 which is an innovate program that gives hand-picked (attendees vote on who will present and what topics) presenters 6 minutes to present 20 slides.  Check out this format and progrmming at http://www.pointonelaw.com/.  This program delivers a high-energy stage and start to the conference.

Pick up your conference registration materials and go through the conference bag.  Key things to take notice of are drink tickets for the Welcome Reception and the conference materials thumb drive.

Conference Day 1 –  Pick up conference registration (if you got side-tracked by the City or other pre-Conference events) and map out which programs you will attend at the show.  Stop by the Concierge Booth to get directions, if needed.

Sit in on the Welcome Plenary session to hear what this year’s conference highlights will be and get some more general directions.

Start your working your way around the Educational Sessions and get wowed during the programs with the latest in legal technology topics applicable to your practice delivered by experts.

Begin the first leg of your trek around the Exhibit Hall and meet new vendors and learn about their products and services.  You’ll get goodies – lots of goodies!

End the conference sessions for the day with the “60 in 60” program of the day.  The room is always packed!

Attend the Welcome Reception with the vendors back in the Exhibit Hall, and head out to dinner on your own or with a group for Taste of TECHSHOW.  (Dutch treat dine arounds lead by speakers from the conference.)

Conference Day 2 – Repeat with day of Educational Sessions and visits to the Vendor Hall.  End the day with a “60 in 60” session.  Room will still be packed!

Plot your plan of attack for improving technology back home!

Taste of TECHSHOW dinner, if you didn’t go last night!

Conference Day 3 – Only half-day to wind up conference.  Attend general plenary on hot topic, and finish conference with a final!

Final Day – Head back home with all you’ve learned and plan to do with legal technology!!!!

(More conference information, registration, 1st Time Experience Guide, and full schedule at www.techshow.com.)

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Natalie

Winter Solo and Small Firm CLE is Here!

Don’t forget that you can get 6 hours of CLE including 1 hour of Professionalism and 1 hour of Ethics at the Winter Solo and Small Firm CLE this Friday, February 15, 2013.  See the program line up and register at http://www.iclega.org/programs/8164.html.
The CLE is live at the State Bar Headquarters in Atlanta and being broadcast via teleconference at the Bar’s South Georgia Office in Tifton.
We hope to see you there!
Natalie & Tina

November 1st – A Special Day for Georgia Solo and Small Firms

No, it’s not just the first day of the month leading up to Election Day, Thanksgiving, or even the day you plan how to get rid of all that leftover Halloween candy.  It’s the date for the Fall Solo and Small Firm CLE at the State Bar Headquarters.  You don’t want to miss this one!    In fact, go ahead and sign up here – http://www.iclega.org/programs/8071.html.

The line up includes a panel discussion on law office staffing issues; a review of some of the cool stuff that the Bar has for solos and small firms; tips on how to be more productive; an overview of pro bono resources and tips; a discussion on ways to deliver services online; and even how to stay safe in the cloud.  With so many pertinent topics, you can bet there will be a lot to take back to your office.

If you have any questions about this CLE or any of the upcoming quarterly CLEs for solos and small firms, just let us know.  Also, go ahead and mark your calendars for the Winter and Spring sessions on February 15, 2013 and April 26, 2013.

See you on November 1st!

Natalie