February 11 (Live GoToWebinar) Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference

Pivoting Your Law Practice: The Resilience & Grit You Need to Survive is designed to meet the needs of lawyers who understand the importance of transforming their law practices to address the new demands of virtual and hybrid business models.

Our diverse roster of experienced presenters will address topics such as technology transformations, working as outside counsel, managing stress with recovery, ethics of online payment systems and fee-sharing with non-lawyers and managing the ethics of law with second income streams.

Course number 5622 is approved for 1.0 Technology; 5.0 General CLE credits, 2 of which may be applied toward Ethics, 1 of which may be applied toward Professionalism and 1.0 Mental Illness Awareness. Section members register for only $185. REGISTER

#HowToSoloSmallFirm – New Video Tips Series for Solos and Small Firms

We’re seeking your tips! The Solo & Small Firm Section is launching a new project designed to benefit solos and small law firms throughout Florida. We’d like short (1.5 to 2 minutes max) video clips on how YOU run your firm, use technology, manage billing, or any tip that you think would be of interest to other solos or small firms. We’ll share them in the QuickLINK and on social media, so you’ll get some great (free) publicity.

It’s easy to participate. Here’s a short tutorial on how to record quality videos using your phone or laptop. Check out these videos by Diriki T. Geuka and Melanie S. Griffin to get an idea of the content we’re seeking. Need editing? No worries, we can handle that for you. Just record your clips and email them to our section consultant, Lisa Tipton, at lisa@prflorida.com.

Some Items Don’t Belong in the Trash/Recycle Bin

Did you know? Deleted files aren’t really deleted; they are moved to the Recycle Bin on Windows and to the Trash Can on macOS. Those locations are no different than any other folder, which means the files are still accessible. And if one of those files is infected with malware, it’s still capable of executing. When you want to truly remove a file from your hard drive, you will want to bypass the Recycle Bin or Trash Can and annihilate the file altogether. Before you do so, be 100 percent sure you will never need that fie again: You cannot undo this action and you cannot recover a file once it has been permanently deleted.

Tech tip from The Florida Bar and LawTech Partners:  How to delete files instantly and permanently from your hard drive: On a Windows device, right-click on the file (or email), press the Shift key while you click Delete. You should see a warning message that says, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?” If you are 100 percent sure, click Yes. On a Mac, select the file you want to delete and press Option + Command + Delete all at the same time. You will receive the warning message, “Are you sure you want to delete? This item will be deleted immediately. You can’t undo this action.” If you’re sure, click Delete.

Microsoft Word Pro Tips

Save the Date! Registration Opens Soon.

Dec. 14, 12 – 1 PM, Live GoToWebinar presented by General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin and moderated by Theresa Jean-Pierre Coy. Course number and 1.0 Technology CLE credit pending approval. Section members register for only $50.

Learn pro tips that let you skip trial-and-error tutorials and find out how to fully integrate Microsoft Word into your law practice. Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin will teach you exactly what you need to make your practice more efficient and will walk you through, step-by-step, how to set up and use Microsoft Word effectively. Practice with your PC or laptop while you listen. Learn Word features that can make formatting nightmares go away—and master shortcuts that will take your efficiency in Word to new levels.

Avoid These Spending Traps When Investing in Law Firm Marketing

If you want to grow your law firm, you need a solid marketing plan. With so many marketing options, how do you know the best way to spend your marketing dollars? How do you know if you are paying a reasonable price for marketing services and ads, or measure if the investment is worth it?

As you develop your marketing strategy, beware of falling victim to these common spending traps.

Easy Ways to Find CLE (Some Free)

  • Save the Date (Dec 14, 12 – 1 PM) for “Microsoft Word: Pro Tips to Save You Time and Energy,” a live GoToWebinar by General Magistrate Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin. Course number and 1.0 Technology CLE credit pending approval. Registration opens soon.
  • Visit our calendar page to register for upcoming monthly live audio webcasts and free Wednesday Wisdom Zoom webinars.
  • Join our section’s members-only Facebook group to access a video library of previously recorded Wednesday Wisdom webinars.
  • Purchase previously recorded section CLE through The Florida Bar, available 24/7 as on-demand seminars and podcasts.
  • Purchase previously recorded section CLE through The Florida Bar in CD or DVD format.

If you are interested in getting involved on the Continuing Legal Education Committee or presenting a CLE seminar, please contact CLE Committee Chair Linda Calvert-Hanson.

Thank you to our 2021-22 section sponsors.