Legal Services of Greater Miami is 2020 Roffino Award Winner

Congratulations to Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., this year’s winner of the Solo & Small Firm Section’s L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award in recognition of its Partners for Equal Justice campaign and Justice Bus program. Finalists are Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. in Stuart and the Cuban American Bar Association in Miami. The winner receives $4,000; each finalist receives $2,000. The annual L. Michael Roffino Pro Bono Award—previously known as the Bill Jacob Award—is given to the pro bono organization in Florida that has created the best pro bono service program during the past year. Since 1990, the Solo & Small Firm Section has awarded $164,500 to deserving Florida pro bono organizations.

2020 Ethics Update:  10/16 Live or 90-Day, On-Demand Access

October 16, 8 AM-12:35 PM live GoToWebinar. Section members register for only $185.

Legal Ethics in a Changed World will explore the impact of working from home and the virtual practice of law has on our ethical obligations and legal community. Join us for a look into ethical leadership and innovation, video conferencing risk management, ethics and the new normal and maintaining legal decorum in the courtroom. We will also reflect on how COVID-19 has impacted both the physical and mental health of our legal community.

Course number 4115. Approved for 5.0 General CLE credits, all of which may be applied toward Ethics.  90-day, on-demand access for all registrants.

How to Stand Out on LinkedIn in 4 Simple, Achievable Steps

According to a recent survey, more than 80 percent of lawyers report underutilizing LinkedIn as a professional development tool. Nonetheless, it remains the most widely used social platform for B2B businesses. Here’s how to conduct a thorough LinkedIn profile update—because when your business is running on virtual connections, a stale profile isn’t going to cut it.

The 8 Best Ways to Speed Up Your Sluggish Chrome Browser

Google Chrome has nearly 70 percent of the market share on desktops and laptops. If Chrome bogs down, the whole computing experience suffers. When Chrome gets sluggish, here’s how to optimize it for fast surfing on Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks—with some tips straight from Google.

October 20, 12-1 PM live GoToWebinar.

Tools to Increase Your Bottom LineBuilding law firm awareness is the key to increasing your business and profits. Your law firm can be promoted in everything you do from websites and social media, to blogging efforts, client communications, branding, managing Google and law firm public relations. Join Danielle Babcock of Thomson Reuters to explore ways to increase your bottom line by learning about the tools you can use to reach your best clients. Course number 4062

Approved for 1.0 General CLE. Section members register for only $50. REGISTER

October 21, 12-1 PM Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar. Free CLE for all Florida Bar Members

Conducting Remote Proceedings: From Presenting Evidence During Hearings and Trials to Participating in Zoom Mediations will be presented by Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Hunter Carroll, Third Judicial Circuit General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall GriffinRenee Thompson and Liz McCausland.

This respected panel of speakers will provide practical information useful for conducting remote proceedings. They will discuss how to handle virtual hearings and trials, including ways to present and submit evidence. The panelists also will detail how to successfully participate in Zoom Mediations. 

1.0 CLE credit pending approval. Course number TBA. REGISTER

October 28, 12-1 PM Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar. Free CLE for Solo & Small Firm Section members.* 

Why Would Anyone Hack ME? Cybersecurity in the Time of COVID-19 for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner by Margaret “Peggy” Hewitt of Florida Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., Bryan Barnhart of Infiltration Labs and Third Circuit General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin. Join us for a primer for the Florida solo and small firm practitioner following the pandemic-driven flight to the home office and virtual courtroom. Peruse the pitfalls and solutions of the non-secure network, the Alexa overheard client conference and the nursery-turned-hearing-room. Course number and CLE credit pending approval. REGISTER
*Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed.

Online Security Tips for People Working From Home

Zoom and other online communications tools are incredibly useful for team coordination, but they also pose security threats. Experts say that individuals working from home need to revise the way they approach online security. From getting your own internet source to keeping your software and virus protection up to date, here are some online security tips for people working from home.

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

If you’d like to be featured in the section’s member spotlight series, please contact section communications consultant Lisa Tipton.

Thank you to our 2020-21 section sponsors.