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Solo and Small Firm Seminar
Feb. 5 & Feb. 6: Two-Day Case Western Reserve University School of Law Career Services Office Seminar
FEB 5, 2010
11:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
This seminar will focus on key issues for attorneys who are thinking about establishing their own practice in Ohio and for attorneys who are already practicing in a solo or small firm setting. The seminar will address broad topics such as the challenges of competing with large law firms and the concept of functioning as a general practice attorney. At the same time, attendees will learn necessary nuts and bolts for functioning as a small practice in Ohio, including tax obligations, practice management, financing, and technology. Speakers who will lead the discussions all have experience at solo and small practices, most within the state of Ohio. Carolyn Elefant, author of "Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be" will speak on both days.
Additional Information
* CLE credit is $200


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Registration

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Introduction: The Future of Law Practice.
Speaker: Carolyn Elefant

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Solo and Small Firm Practice: Running with Big Law. Speakers: Chris Guarnieri, Louise Mosher and Bob Sweeney

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Business Taxes: Solo and Small Firm Tax Obligations. Speaker: Joseph Stepan


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Nuts and Bolts of Law Practice Management: Business Plans, Marketing, Billing and Fee Structures, Handling Client Funds, Networking. Speaker: Carolyn Elefant

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Banking/Financing: How Do I Pay For It? Speaker: Dennis Boose (Dollar Bank)

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Representing the Individual: What It Means to Be a General Practice Attorney. Speaker: Paul Kerson

1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Technology: What Do I Need to Start a Practice and What Do I Do With It When I Have It? Speakers: Dean Boland and Afif Ghannoum

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