December 7 FREE CLE:  A Busy Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Automation

Dec. 7, 12-1 PM free Zoom webinar for Solo & Small Firm Section members* by Nefra-Ann MacDonald, Clio Cloud-Based Legal Technology Senior Manager, Strategic Engagement. Joshua Hertz will serve as moderator. Course number 6488 is approved for 1 General; 1 Technology CLE credit

*Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed.

According to the 2020 Legal Trends Report, the average lawyer spends only 2.5 hours on billable work per day—which means nearly 70% of each workday is consumed by tasks like data entry, scheduling follow-ups, and timekeeping. Yet these tedious tasks also need to get done.

Luckily, there’s a way to get the non-billable work done faster and more efficiently. With the right technology, law firms can automate many time-consuming tasks—spending less time on administrative work and freeing up more time for billable hours and attention to clients.

Join Nefra MacDonald, Clio’s Senior Manager of Strategic Engagement, to learn how to leverage automation tools to increase productivity and profits at your firm. In this session, you’ll learn how to differentiate between busywork and billable work in your legal practice, three key areas in a law firm that are open to automation, and how to select legal technology that can save you time and money. REGISTER

Pro Tips for Flying Solo

NEW LegalFuel podcast interview with Solo & Small Firm Section Chair-Elect Cristina Alonso of Alonso Appeals.

Have you ever considered starting your own law practice? It’s an appealing question—imagine being your own boss, setting your own schedule, and only accepting cases that you are excited about. There are certainly a lot of pros to starting your own practice, but for every pro, there are also several cons to consider.

In this episode, host Jamie Moore and Cristina discuss what it’s like to start and manage your own law practice.

Cristina is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar. She will serve as the 2023-2024 Section Chair. LISTEN

Use Your Florida Bar Member Benefits for Holiday Shopping!

Because you’re a member of The Florida Bar, you have access to great retail shopping discounts.

From the Dell Member Purchase Program that allows Florida Bar members, their family members and their friends to receive member-only pricing on all personal purchases from Dell, to $120 off your first 6 orders of the Fresh Meal Plan, your retail discounts include Sam’s ClubFedExBrooks Brothers, and more.

A Few Practical Ways to Handle Holiday Stress … Without the Mess

The holiday season brings with it a mix of emotions and expectations. Memories from holidays of old mingle with hopes—and fears—for the upcoming holiday. For some, the holidays are a much-anticipated time to see family and friends or to partake in a much-loved tradition. For others, it is a time to survive or “just get through.”

If the holiday season has been a source of stress for you in the past, here are some practical ways to reduce that stress.

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Levitate & Automate: Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference

SAVE THE DATE!  Feb. 24, 2023, 8 AM–12:30 PM.

Details and registration for “Levitate & Automate:  Tactics for Small Firm Business Owners” will be available soon. Thank you to Conference Chair Camara Williams of Orlando.

Presenters and tentative schedule:

Aftermarket CLE Available Online 24/7

Some of the section’s most popular programs are available as online seminars (on-demand) and downloadable audio. Check out the InReach catalog’s Solo & Small Firm CLE options here, and bookmark this URL — to go straight to the sort. Here are some new additions to the catalog:

Thank you to our 2022-23 section sponsors.