Avoid Holiday Stress

How to Keep Holiday Stress From Undoing Your Entire Year

It’s called “the most wonderful time of the year” but holiday festivities and fun can be pushed aside by financial worries, work stress, substance abuse and family squabbles. For lawyers, end-of-year stressors can mean breaks in their processes, system overloads and ethics breaches. The first step in balancing holiday stress is to acknowledge it. Don’t act like it doesn’t faze us. Make sure your calendar is updated with all the unusual events and holiday court closings, reassure your clients that you’re taking care of their cases over the holidays and take time to celebrate your 2019 wins. This article gives you some great tips for coping with stress during the holidays.

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Transitioning from Government to Solo or Private Practice

December 10, 12-1 p.m. Live audio webcast presented by Sean Desmond of Dudley, Sellers, Healy, Heath & Desmond, PLLC and John Maceluch of the Office of the 14th Circuit State Attorney. So I know how to litigate a jury trial or take a case to DOAH, surely I can run a law firm, right?!  Learn from the experiences of two former prosecutors who opened up a practice and learned the hard way about overhead, personnel issues, marketing, etc. Course 3409. 1.0 CLE. Section members register for only $75. REGISTER

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Fancy Hands is a subscription service that works on “requests.” A standard request is 20 minutes of work. You can buy five requests per month for $29.99 monthly or buy the every-day plan, 30 requests per month for $149.99 monthly. What are you waiting for?Turn that holiday grocery list over to a Fancy Hands assistant, let him or her place your online order and you can pick it up at your local store tomorrow! GET STARTED

Work-Life Balance CLE

Dec. 11 FREE Wednesday Wisdom CLE. Does the Practice of Law Need to Be This Stressful?

Dec. 11, 12-1 p.m. Free Wednesday Wisdom CLE. This live Zoom webinar will be presented by Jamie Billotte Moses, an appellate specialist with Holland & Knight. What makes the practice of law so stressful? What are you doing or not doing that might be contributing to your stress? Are you making things more time consuming and frustrating than they need to be? Are you sabotaging your peace of mind? Jamie Moses will share with you some of her strategies for balancing work, raising children and trying to be a contributing member of the community. 1.0 General CLE. Course number 3779. Limited to 100 registrants. REGISTER

The free Wednesday Wisdom CLE series is a benefit of your membership in the Solo & Small Firm Section. All of the Zoom webinars are recorded and posted in the section’s members-only Facebook group, so you can access them 24/7.

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2020 Solo & Small Firm Conference LIVE and WEBCAST

Register online NOW for the Solo & Small Firm Section’s 2020 CLE conference! “SOS: Secure. Optimize. Systemize.” is an all-new CLE event on survive-and-thrive strategies for solos and small firms. Ths very special CLE event takes place on Friday, Feb. 7 during The Florida Bar Winter Meeting in Orlando. Program chairs Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy and Cristina Alonso have put together an excellent lineup of sessions and an all-star list of speakers. Check out the course schedule below.

Approved for 7.0 General, 1.0 Ethics, 1.0 Mental Illness, and 2.0 Technology CLE credits. Solo & Small Firm Section member discounted registration is only $245 for the in-person live event and $295 for the webcast. Don’t miss this all-new CLE event that showcases best practices for solos and small firms!

Scholarships for YLD Members. The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division is the conference Education Partner and is offering 10 scholarships for YLD members. Interested? Send a resume and brief essay about your experience as a solo or small-firm lawyer to rlibbert@floridabar.org with a “Conference Scholarship” subject line. Special consideration will be given to YLD applicants who also are members of the Solo & Small Firm Section.

Sessions and Speakers
Friday, Feb. 7—8:45 AM to 4:50 PM

Secure the Hatches. Cybersecurity and Privacy for Lawyers

  • Al Saikali, Miami
  • Valerie Barnhart, Davie
  • Bryan Barnhart, GCFA, GPEN, ACE, Davie

Know the Ropes. Bar Resources, Mentoring and Member Benefits

  • Liz McCausland, Orlando
  • Lynn Whitfield, West Palm Beach
  • Renee Thompson, Ocala

Lighten the Load. Automation, Integration and Paperless Strategies

  • Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin, Live Oak
  • Liz McCausland, Orlando
  • Felicia Mickens Williams, Tampa

All Hands on Deck. Creating and Managing a Successful Virtual Law Firm

  • Mindi Wells, Columbus, OH
  • Priscilla Horn Warren, CP, FRP, Vero Beach
  • Chelsie M. Lamie, Clearwater

Bridge the Gap. Generating Outside Income and Revenue Streams

  • Mindi Wells, Columbus, OH
  • John Schaefer, Safety Harbor
  • Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, Tampa

Stay the Course. Surviving Solo While Sick

  • Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy, Tampa
  • Mandi Clay, Tampa

Toe the Line. Ethics and Social Media

  • Leisa M. Wintz, Plantation
  • Joanna Garcia Parkin, St. Petersburg
  • Lanse Scriven, Tampa

Interested in sponsorship? View more conference details and download the sponsor brochure. We welcome your participation!

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Bank OZK; our Education Partner, The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division; and to these companies and law firms for their support.

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Join our Facebook group and have 24/7 access to our growing library of Wednesday Wisdom webinars for FREE CLE CREDIT! Find co-counsel, refer a case and share your news. It’s free. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.