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Achieving Equality:  A Pathway for ALL

July 8, 12-1 PM Wednesday Wisdom free CLE on Zoom. Course number 4048. Now available at no charge on the Solo & Small Firm Section’s YouTube Channel.  Approved until Jan. 31, 2022 for 1.0 General, 1.0 Bias Elimination CLE. Course No. 4048. Florida Bar members may self-report CLE credit through their member portals.
Join the SSF Section for this important webinar to learn more about ways to invoke change within our diverse communities both professionally and personally. Topics will range from implicit bias, racial injustice, having uncomfortable conversations, ways to make a difference and much more. We ALL can play a part in being the change we want to see to achieve equality! (1.0 Credit Bias Elimination CLE pending approval.) 
  • Moderator Jacina Haston, Solo & Small Firm Section Chair-Elect; Senior Assistant County Attorney, Pinellas County; former director of The Florida Bar Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism.
  • LaShawnda Jackson, Partner, Rumberger l Kirk; first African-American president of the Orange County Bar Association; immediate past president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association.
  • Camara Williams, Partner, Smith & Williams Trial Group; community organizer.
  • Shenika “Nik” HarrisLGBTQ Consumer Advocate, Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services; attorney; activist; speaker.
  • Diriki Geuka, Assistant County Attorney, Pinellas County, representing county agencies including the Office of Human Rights; former federal staff attorney.

Working From Home:  Three Essentials for Law Firms

With businesses opening again, many lawyers and legal professionals will opt to continue working from home. From putting out the word across your various online platforms letting people know that you’re open for business and how they can meet with you to using web-based options for team and project management, this article offers some great tips for conducting your law firm’s business remotely.

Congratulations to the Section’s 2020-2021 Officers

The Solo & Small Firm Section’s officers were installed during the section’s Annual Meeting on June 19. Congratulations to our leadership:
In addition, we confirmed two-year Executive Council terms for Cristina AlonsoLinda Calvert HansonPaige GreenleeMichael T. OlexaJake SchickelJohn Maceluch and Michelle Garcia Gilbert. Paige Greenlee will serve as the section’s Florida Bar Board of Governors liaison and Priscilla Horn Warren is the section’s CLA Representative. 
We want to say a special thank you to Immediate Past Chair Lee “Pete” Muschott for his leadership and patience during this difficult year. We greatly appreciate the volunteer service of the officers and the Executive Committee. View the full list of Executive Council members here.
Executive Council Meeting on Zoom

On Friday, June 19, the Solo & Small Firm Section hosted its first-ever virtual Annual and Executive Council meetings followed by a networking happy hour on Zoom. Thank you to all who joined in! (Photo credit: Liz McCausland)

The Complete Zoom Guide:  From Basic Help to Advanced Tricks

Tech tip from The Florida Bar:  One of Zoom’s key strengths is its simplicity, but this does not mean that the platform is without a variety of advanced features that remote workers will find useful for improving their productivity. ZDNet has compiled a Zoom guide to help make your meetings more productive. Read the article or watch the video to learn how to get started, and find out some tips and tricks that even experienced users might not know. 

15 Ways We’re Redefining Productivity in Our Next Normal

As we begin to move toward our “next normal,” we are more aware than ever that burnout is not the price we must pay for success. In fact, habits like sleep, nutrition, movement and connection are critical for staying focused and working efficiently. 
In this article, the Thrive Global community shares some of the ways they’re redefining productivity. Focusing on quality over quantity, being realistic about deadlines, minimizing unnecessary meetings and keeping top priorities top of mind are a few of the ways you can redefine productivity.

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Join the section’s members-only Facebook group to network with colleagues around the state.

One of the most difficult things about working remotely is trying to stay connected. Let the Solo & Small Firm Section’s Facebook group be a resource for you. Find co-counsel, refer a case or 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 free, on-demand CLE. Join today to network with your colleagues from the section. JOIN NOW