Submit Nominations by May 17 for SSF Section Awards

The Solo & Small Firm Section annually honors lawyers and a paralegal for their exceptional achievements, professionalism and outstanding contributions. Please submit nominations for the 2021 awards by May 17.

Download award forms at the links below and visit the section website’s Awards and History page to see previous award recipients. Recipients will be announced in June at a virtual presentation ceremony during The Florida Bar Annual Convention.

Court Reporting:  Technology and Ethics (Free Ethics CLE)

May 19, 12–1 PM,free Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinar for Solo & Small Firm Section members.* Presented by Christine Phipps, Registered Professional Reporter, President of Phipps Reporting, Inc. of West Palm Beach.

The court reporting profession, like the legal profession, has ethical issues and considerations to manage. This is especially relevant with the increase in use of technology, virtual depositions and hearings, and online notarization and swearing-in for the record. This CLE additionally will cover issues including gifting, confidentially, professionalism, methodologies and ethical challenges and how court reporters and office staff can maintain a professional and ethical setting.

Course 4441.
Approved for 1.0 General; 1.0 Ethics; 1.0 Technology CLE credit. *Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed. REGISTER

Attorney Burnout: 4 Traps to Avoid

Are you a people-pleaser, a “yes” person, a perfectionist or do you suffer from imposter syndrome? If even one of these traits is applicable to you, you could be setting yourself up for burnout.

The road to attorney burnout is the same as the road to success. The difference is attitude and perspective. Some people see blocks while others see steppingstones. Awareness of self-sabotaging behavior goes a long way toward helping you avoid it. Here are some reflections from an attorney who had a classic case of burnout.

June 10 Florida Law Update (8 Key Areas of Law)

Live GoToWebinar, 7:55 AM – 4:25 PM. This seminar will provide updates in the following areas of law: Business, Employment, Bankruptcy, Elder, Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Construction.

Course 4380. Approved for 
1 Juvenile Law; 8 General; 2 Business Litigation; 1 Civil Trial; 1 Construction Law; 1 Criminal Appellate; 1 Criminal Trial; 1 Elder Law; 1 Labor and Employment; 1 Wills, Trusts, & Estates; 0.5 Workers Compensation CLE and certification credits. Section members register for only $215. REGISTER

Managing Up:  A Primer on Interfacing With Young Attorneys (FREE CLE)

June 23 live Zoom Webinar, 12-1 PM. Wednesday Wisdom free CLE open to all members of The Florida Bar. 1.0 General CLE credit and course number pending.

This CLE is a research-based discussion for legal leaders seeking to enhance and engage young attorneys. Hear from new practitioners in a variety of industries and legal educators on cultivating, retaining, and maximizing the potential of the young attorneys in your workforce. After several major shifts in the law practice landscape in light of COVID-19, this insightful panel discussion will reexamine traditional best practices on how to onboard and enhance new attorneys and offer candid advice on how to innovate your law model.

Moderator: Diriki Geuka, Associate, Townsend & Lockett, LLC (Atlanta)
1) Professor Alicia Jackson, Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, will discuss her research on how law entities can better engage new attorneys.
2) Brijesh Patel, Seminole County Attorney’s Office, Sanford, former in-house attorney, transactional attorney, government practice.
3) Zoila Lahera, Associate, Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen, Tampa, second-year litigation & appellate attorney, private practice.
4) Ian Dankelman, Associate, Freeborn & Peters LLP, Tampa, former federal judicial law.

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.