This is the outstanding content presented during the first, all virtual, Solo & Small Firm Summit in November 2020 as part of the MSBA Legal Excellence Week.
The Basics of Starting a Law Firm
This session will review foundational business considerations such as choice of entity, establishment of trust and operating accounts, secure and redundant business practices, and fee agreements.
Accounting 101 for Lawyers
Instructor(s): Charles Borek
This session will provide an overview of accounting practices for law firms, including a review of impacts of entity selection, tax planning, accounting systems, and IOLTA accounting.
Instructor(s): Lydia Lawless
Thinking of opening a law firm? Then it’s time to also develop your disaster/succession plan for that law firm. This session will provide you with information on key components for a successful disaster/succession plan as well as highlight the applicable rules of professional responsibility.
Ethics Credit is available for this session.
What I Wish I Learned in Law School
Instructor(s): Claude Ducloux
Claude E. Ducloux, Board-Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Civil Appellate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, (and also licensed in CA and CO) and former Chair of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics will present a 60 minute power point covering:
This will be via a PowerPoint presentation, which will be made available to the participants. Presenter will answer questions, and provide followup to audience following the presentation.
Claude E. Ducloux has been licensed in Texas since 1977, and has also been licensed in California (1978) and Colorado (2003). In 2011, he won the highest statewide award from the State Bar of Texas for lifetime contribution to CLE (the “Gene Cavin Award”), and has spoken in more than 300 programs in throughout the U.S., since Jan 1, 2016, where attendees regularly rate his presentations very highly. Mr. Ducloux has a long legacy of bar service, including being President of the Austin Bar Association, and serving as Chair of almost every major Bar-related entity, including the Board of Legal Specialization, as well as the Texas Bar Foundation. He currently serves on the Texas Supreme Court Committee on Disciplinary Rules. His resume is attached.
Legal Research on a Budget – Introduction to Fastcase 7 Platform
Do your legal research on a budget and take advantage of a new improved MSBA Benefit. This nuts & bolts session will provide tips and techniques to use the new Fastcase 7 platform for efficient effective legal research.
Jury Trials in the Era of Covid-19
Today, attorneys in suits and masks face the tricky balancing act of protecting the health of jurors who are compelled by the law to serve, while also providing the constitutionally mandated right to a speedy and public trial. How are trial attorneys accomplishing this? This program will feature a discussion with several prominent trial attorneys who recently completed criminal and civil jury trials in the era of COVID-19. These webcast panelists will address the challenges they encountered during their COVID-19 era trials, as well as:
Presented by Todd Scott & Kiernan Waters Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company and MLM Risk Retention Group, Inc featuring Kristi Paulson, Robert Aldrich, Cristina Wirth, and Rich Ruohonen
Essential Tech, Tools & Talent For Running a Solo & Small Law Practice, Remotely
Instructor(s): Maddy Martin
Tips from the Bench – Practicing During a Pandemic
A panel of Maryland Circuit Court judges will address the best practices for representing your client effectively and safely in court, with new procedures implemented due to the pandemic.
This program provides practitioners tools to represent clients in planning for periods of incapacity as well as for providing testamentary gifts.
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K. Alice Young joined Nusinov Smith, LLP in 2012 upon completing a clerkship with the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore City, Maryland’s busiest probate court. In addition to her estate planning work, Ms. Young manages a wide range of estate administration matters including the probate of small and regular estates, coordination of appropriate estate-related tax filings, and managing a robust practice before the Orphans’ Courts throughout the State. She volunteers with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Free State Legal Project, working to ensure access to representation for underserved Marylanders. Prior to lawyering, Ms. Young enjoyed a career in healthcare and brings to her law practice a long-standing commitment to client-centered service. Nusinov Smith LLP represents clients in all aspects of fiduciary law, including estates, guardianships, trusts, and fiduciary litigation.
Nuts and Bolts of Chapter 13
Instructor(s): Marc Kivitz
Learn the basics of advising and representing a client through a Chapter 13 bankruptcy; from client intake, to asset and debt examination, through filings and hearings.
Nuts & Bolts of Consumer Protection Law
Instructor(s): Jane Santoni
This session provides an overview of how to run a successful and rewarding consumer law practice, including what statutes to use, how fee shifting works, how to analyze claims, and how to avoid pitfalls. It will also discuss the similarities and differences between a consumer protection practice and other common Plaintiff’s practices, such as personal injury.
Effective Online Dispute Resolution – Strategies for Mediators and Counsel
Instructor(s): Jeff Trueman and Cecilia Paizs
Online mediation is no longer a remote concept or an unproven technological tool. With the help of experienced mediators, counsel and their clients are using online mediation everyday to resolve litigation and solve interpersonal problems. What have we learned so far? What comes next? Join the conversation!
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