Burned Out?

Burned Out? Nine Ways to Ignite Your Professional Passion

When your job is to deal with people and their problems, you have a higher risk of burning out. Absorbing the trauma of those you are helping is called “secondary trauma,” and it can have serious consequences. Professionals dealing with burnout or secondary trauma can become negative, constantly angry or downright mean. Burnout can lead to professional liability and dangerous, unhealthy coping mechanisms like self-medicating through substance abuse.

Sound familiar? If your job has become a burden rather than an opportunity to do the good work that first inspired you to become a lawyer, NOW is the time to address the issue. From connecting your life to greater purposes to expressing gratitude, this article offers nine ways to overcome burnout and reignite your professional passion in 2020.

Top Tech Tools for Your Practice

Top Tech Tools to Streamline Your Practice

You’ve heard it repeatedly:  Technology can streamline your law practice. So why are you waiting? Make 2020 your most productive year yet by integrating tech tools that will give you more time to do what you do best—practice law

This excellent CLE by Nicole Black of MyCase reviews new and innovative tools, cloud technologies and mobile apps that will help reduce the time you spend running your practice. It’s a New Year. Save time and money, boost effectiveness and become a more responsive lawyer.

Course 2878. 1.0 Technology CLE credit. Available 24/7 on-demand and as a podcast. Section members register for only $75.

Join a Solo & Small Firm Section Committee

Get involved. Committee service can expand your statewide network of referral sources. Preference forms are due January 15.

The Florida Bar is seeking applicants for committees during the 2020-21 Bar year. There are more than 70 committees and there will be approximately 500 appointments to those committees. Joining a committee* is an excellent way to become more involved in the Bar, network with colleagues, build your referral base and have input on how our profession is governed. Make 2020-21 your best Bar year yet by volunteering to serve.

Committee preference forms are due by Jan. 15, so please be sure to fill out your application ASAP. Forms can be found on The Florida Bar website. If you are currently on a committee and your term expires in 2020, please remember to reapply by Jan. 15.

*Stay tuned for information about involvement in the Solo & Small Firm Section. Committee preference forms will be available this spring.

Move Multiple Apps at Once

Tech Tip: How to Move Multiple Apps at Once on iPhone

Start the new year by organizing your iPhone so you can find your apps more quickly. From The Florida Bar and LawTech Partners: Here’s how to move multiple apps at once on your iPhone:

  • Long-press an app icon until the action menu pops up. Select “Edit Home Screen” to enter wiggle mode.
  • Hold your finger on an app you want to move. At the same time, tap another app with another finger. The second app will move on top of the first app you selected, creating a stack – you’ll see a number badge on the stack.
  • While holding down your finger, continue tapping apps until all the apps you want are in the stack.
  • Move the stack of apps to a different page by dragging them to the left or right edge of the screen
  • You can add the apps to a folder by dragging the stack onto a folder.
  • Let go, and all the apps will be released to the new page or folder.
  • Tap Done or, on earlier models of the iPhone, press the Home Button to exit wiggle mode.

1.0 Technology CLE credit. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for only $75.

Tara Tedrow

Medical Marijuana & Hemp Update in Florida: Ethics and Law

Jan. 21, 2020, live audio webcast, 12 – 1 PM. 1.0 Ethics credit. Section members register for only $55. Presented by land-use attorney Tara Tedrow, Shareholder and Chair of the Cannabis and Controlled Substances Group at Lowndes P.A.

This webinar will focus on the quickly evolving legal and ethical issues in Florida with representing medical marijuana and/or hemp growers, distributors and sellers. REGISTER NOW

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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.

Bank OZK

Bank OZK’s Professionals Practice Group (PPG) provides unparalleled service and financial expertise to our legal community. Contact Debra Tyler at debra.tyler@ozk.com to discover how we can customize banking solutions to help your firm thrive, not just survive.

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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.