January 24:  Taking an Effective Adverse Party Deposition

12–1 PM live GotoWebinar. Presented by commercial litigator Bill Curphey. Course number 6914 is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit. SSF Section members register for only $50.

There are many reasons for taking a deposition; the person is out of the jurisdiction of the court, preserving the testimony, gathering facts to support your case and learning about the other side’s position. One of the most important depositions is of the opposing party. Opposing party’s deposition can form the basis of a summary judgement or at least eliminate some the issues for trial. It is getting key admissions without a judge ruling on an objection although everyone knows an objection can be made to the form of the question. But do you leave it there? The session will discuss the objection to form and how to deal with opposing counsel who tries to interrupt your flow as well as getting the key information you need. REGISTER

Automate & Levitate: Tactics for Small Firm Business Owners

Feb. 24, 2023, 8 AM–12:15 PM live GoToWebinar. Course number 6826 is approved for 4.0 General CLE credits; 2.0 Technology credits. SSF Section members register for only $ Thank you to Conference Chair Camara Williams of Orlando. Learn skills and strategies that will take your firm up, up, and away! REGISTER

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January 25 FREE CLE for All Florida Bar Members

12–1 PM live on Zoom. In “The Law is Local,” Florida government law attorney Chris Hand will discuss some of the legal challenges and opportunities that clients may encounter with Florida county and city governments and highlight the stakeholders and processes available to help Floridians use their effective citizenship skills in making local government respond.

For all of the attention focused on the federal government in Washington and state government in Tallahassee, local government has the most significant and immediate impact on our lives—including our lives as attorneys.

Course number 6917 is approved for 1.0 General CLE credit. Free CLE open to all Florida Bar members. REGISTER

Join us in Italy for the 2023 Out-of-Country CLE Trip

The SSF Section’s 2023 out-of-country CLE trip is a tour of Italy. We depart on May 26 and the trip is scheduled for May 27–June 6. The itinerary includes two nights each in Positano, Sorrento, and Venice, and four nights in Florence. View the online event itinerary here.

Pricing (US Dollar; does not include airfare):
— $5,726 PP Double
— $5,235 PP Triple
— $7,869 PP Single

A 20 percent deposit is due by January 30. Please note that reservations at the boutique hotels will fill quickly. For booking and details, please contact travel agent Carol Matulonis at cmatulonis@cruiseplanners.com, 772-461-2800 (office), or 772-579-7251 (cell). Learn more on the event web page.

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How Do Small and Midsize Law Firms Punch Above Their Weight?

Many small and midsize law firms feel inadequate when competing against big firms with big money behind them. So, how can a small law firm compete effectively?

According to this article, outmaneuvering bigger firms doesn’t require big spending. Here are 10 factors that will give you an edge when you step into the ring.

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  bit.ly/SSF_CLE — to go straight to the sort. Here are some new additions to the catalog:

Thank you to our 2022-23 section sponsors.