Free CLE:  Practice Tips from Successful Solo & Small Firm Attorneys  

January 31, 12–1 PM, live on Zoom. Free Wednesday Wisdom CLE for Solo & Small Firm Section members.* Presented by John Maceluch, Jr., Panama City; Chrissy Davis, Tallahassee; and Zack Zuroweste, Clearwater. Moderator: Judge Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin.

Course number 8248 is approved for 1 CLE credit.

*Registration will be approved when section membership is confirmed. REGISTER

DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Apply by February 5 for The Florida Bar Leadership Academy

Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy fellows have the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession while enhancing their personal leadership skills. The Academy is a multi-session training program designed to help a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers become better leaders. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to The Florida Bar.

During their one-year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base, and experience, including attending The Florida Bar events and special educational programs. LEARN MORE

TECH UP:  Transform Your Law Practice—And Your Life

February 23, 2024, 8 AM–12:35 PM live Zoom webinar. Registration is OPEN for “TECH UP: Transform Your Law Practice—And Your Life,” our half-day, virtual, technology-themed CLE. Program Co-Chairs Camara Williams and Stephanie Cagnet Myron have put together an amazing roster of presenters who will share pro tips on ways that technology—especially AI—can improve your practice and make you a more effective, ethical lawyer. You’ll also learn strategies to help you live a happier, healthier, more resilient life.

Course number 8249 is approved for 5 CLE, of which may be applied toward Ethics; 4 Technology, and 1 Mental Health and Wellness. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for only $250. All registrants have 90-day, on-demand access. REGISTER

*10 Conference Scholarships Available for Young Lawyers*

Ten young lawyers will attend the virtual TECH UP conference at no charge. Email Program Administrator Gabrielle Hermesman at by Friday, February 9. Please include your Florida Bar number, your law firm or employer, why you’re interested in attending the TECH UP conference, and how you might implement what you learn. Special consideration will be given to young lawyer applicants who also are members of the Solo & Small Firm Section.

Do You Use Doodle?

Need to schedule a meeting or hearing that involves a lot of individuals? Use a Doodle Poll. Simply input the times that you are available and send the poll link to all participants. You’ll receive updates as each person responds. Look at a glance to see when everyone is available rather than receiving dozens of emails telling you when someone is and is not available—no need to relive the logic portion of the LSAT!

Thank you to SSF Section Technology Committee member Judge Jennifer Kuyrkendall Griffin for sharing this tech tip.

10 Hacks for Beating Procrastination

Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That’s what Professor Piers Steel reported in his book, “The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done.”

So, the question isn’t whether we procrastinate. The question is how negatively does it affect our lives? From exercising during your lunch break to asking motivational questions, here are some procrastination tips for reducing the impact of procrastination on your life, assuming you are among the 95 percent.

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REGISTRATION OPENS SOON for “A-Z: Legal and Practical Considerations When Advising Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups.” February 20, 12-1 PM live Zoom webinar by Luca L. Hickman, Dinsmore, Tampa, and moderated by Amanda Barton, Fort Lauderdale. Course number 8270 is approved for 1 CLE, all of which may be applied toward Ethics, and 1 Intellectual Property Law certification credit. Solo & Small Firm Section members register for only $50. All registrants have 90-day, on-demand access.

Clients may seek your advice about a side hustle or concept they are entertaining without fully understanding the life cycle of the proposed endeavor. Florida Bar Board Certified IP lawyer and registered patent agent Luca L. Hickman will provide the framework for new firms or companies starting out or seeking to expand their practice or business. He also will discuss potential ethical issues that may impact who you can represent.