Work, Interrupted

How to Deal With the Constant Flow of Interruptions in Your Practice

If you’re frustrated (and less productive) because of interruptions in your workflow, here’s your chance to gain insights from a Certified Practice Advisor on how to implement sustainable change. Attorney Steve Riley has been coaching other attorneys for more than 20 years. Atticus Advantage currently works with approximately 500 solo and small firm owners to grow their practices. Having a knowledgeable, experienced law firm coach is one of the biggest competitive advantages you can have. Register today to learn simple, powerful tools to take control of the clock and improve your productivity. March 17 live audio webcast. Course 3412. 1.0 CLE. Section members register for only $55.

Crisis Communications

Is Your Firm’s Crisis Communication Plan Ready?

If your firm doesn’t have a crisis communication plan in place, now is the time to create one. From the speed in which your crisis team (or you) can take decisive action to making sure you have accurate data on which to base your decisions, your crisis communication plan should address your policies for situations such as office closure, quarantine and travel restriction. Times of uncertainty, whether caused by a pandemic illness, a natural disaster or any other crisis, can provoke fear. But law firms that have planned ahead to handle any contingency are better equipped to weather the storm. Read more to learn how to create or refine your crisis communications plan.

Employee Handbooks

Wednesday Wisdom FREE CLE: Employee Handbooks in the Legal Industry

March 25 Zoom Webinar, 12-1 p.m. Free CLE. Join the Solo & Small Firm Section for “Do Law Firms Need Those? Creating an Employee Handbook in the Legal Industry.” Presented by Colby Ellis and Chris Johnson of Johnson Jackson PLLC. 

As lawyers, we tend to think that we know the rules and can make decisions about our employees when they arise. And what is there to worry about? These are our employees—they love us! Notifying employees of the rules and available benefits ahead of time and making consistent decisions based on those rules is paramount to avoiding potential liability and allegations of unfair treatment. This webcast will identify must-have policies and potential landmines that various statutory schemes create. 1.0 CLE. Course number 3843. Registration will be approved when Solo & Small Firm Section membership is confirmed. The Wednesday Wisdom free CLE series is a benefit of your membership in the Solo & Small Firm Section.

Get Replies from Impossible People

Six Unconventional Ways to Get Replies From ‘Impossible People’

“Cold” emails to potential clients or referral sources may protect you from rejection, but they also lower your chances of success. Yours is just another email among hundreds. Here are some alternative methods to reach out to the people you really want to talk to and make real connections. Try these six ways to reach out to any busy people and convince them to give you their attention.

Lawyer Burnout

Wellness: Five Ways to Take Control of Your Stress (for Lawyers)

Being in the legal profession can get challenging, but you never have to go it alone. By making small changes in our lives, lawyers can fend off burnout before it knocks us down. From practicing gratitude to finding the right work-life integration, try these five steps to get past the moments that bog you down.

Upcoming CLE for Solos & Small Firms

March 17, 12-1 PM. “Work, Interrupted” is a live audio webcast on how to identify and deal with the constant flow of interruptions in your practice. Presented by Steve Riley of Atticus. 1.0 CLE. Section members $55; non-section members $100. Course number 3412. REGISTER

March 25, 12-1 PM Wednesday Wisdom Free CLE. “Do Law Firms Need Those? Creating an Employee Handbook in the Legal Industry” is a live Zoom webinar on creating a workable employee handbook that will identify the must-have policies along with the potential landmines that various statutory schemes create. Presented by Chris Johnson and Colby Ellis of Johnson Jackson PLLC. Registration will be approved when Solo & Small Firm Section membership is confirmed. 1.0 CLE. Course number 3843. REGISTER

April 21, 12-1 PM. “Merging Law Firms and Promoting Associates to Partners: How to Handle the Legal Structure of Law Firm Ownership” is a live audio webcast on business concerns related to law firm expansion. Presented by Laurie Lee of The Legal Department for Service Professionals, P.A. in Jacksonville. Course number 3413. 1.0 CLE credit. REGISTER

April 22, 12-1 PM. Wednesday Wisdom FREE CLE. “Florida’s Newly Enacted Remote Online Notarization (RON)” is a live Zoom webinar on what solo and small firm attorneys need to know about how this new law (effective January 1, 2020) can impact their practices. Presented by Michelle Garcia Gilbert of Gilbert Garcia Group P.A. 1.0 CLE. Course number 3844. Registration will be approved when Solo & Small Firm Section membership is confirmed. REGISTER 

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Members-Only Facebook Group

Join the section’s members-only Facebook group! Find co-counsel, refer a case and ask for recommendations. It’s free. Our Wednesday Wisdom series is live on Facebook each month and the library of past videos is available 24/7 (through the Facebook group) for on-demand CLE. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section.