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

Take Charge – What a Successful Solo and Small Firm Conference Looks Like

Well, I wasn’t in attendance this year, as I was out on a leave of absence.  Bummer!  But, if what I have heard since my return to work is any indication of what the attendees at this year’s Solo and Small Firm Institute enjoyed, this was a successful solo and small firm conference!  Because pictures can speak louder than words, here’s what you missed if you didn’t attend this year.

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From the bustling Exhibit Hall area to the sometimes standing-room only sessions, attendees are still talking to me about this year’s conference and telling me they are looking forward to attending next year.  You can also check out  the conference as it was featured in the Daily Report, here.

With help from the General Practice and Trial Section and other key sponsors, the Law Practice Management Program and the event’s Chair, Kathleen Womack, were able to showcase presentations from national experts – Sharon Nelson, John Simek and James “Jim” Calloway; and our very own high-profile local experts on all things solo and small firm practice! You can see all of the sessions presented and wonderful presenters listed here.  Thanks everyone for all of your dedication and hard work!

We can’t wait for you to join us next year!  Save the date. July 14th & 15th, 2017!

– Natalie

 

 

DAY 1 at ABA TECHSHOW 2016

Day 1 was a whirlwind of activity. Here’s a quick snapshot:

After a great meeting the day before with the Bar Leader Institute attendees – I presented on a panel on Managing Technology with Catherine Sanders Reach, Danielle Hall, and Jim Calloway at a pre-session – I started the day attending the TECHSHOW Opening Session that directed attendees to educational sessions, the Expo Hall and the James Keane Award Luncheon.

At the Keane Award Luncheon, we were presented with the winning automated services vendor forms service for a Colorado program, and the numbers behind the most recent ABA Legal Technology Survey from my fellow LTRC (Legal Technology Resource Center) Board members.

Later, in the day was able to then look for and prepare for my 4:00 session with Joseph Bahgat — Effective Practice Management Systems Yield Focused Lawyering. This session was packed with attendees and started rocky with me, Joe and the conference hotel’s A/V guy fighting with the presentation technology. After our apologies though, the session went smoothly and based on the great comments afterwards, I was comfortable calling it a success!

The evening ended with my attending the 30th Anniversary celebration of TECHSHOW, where I was introduced as one of the former TECHSHOW Chairs (2014) by fellow Atlanta consultant, Steve Best, of Affinity Consulting, who is this year’s Chair.

Day 1 was exciting! Stay tuned for the snapshot of Day 2’s activities.

– Natalie

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

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

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