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Publications : Bar Bulletin : October 2009


The 11th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2009, at the new BWI Hilton. This is a new location for the conference.

This year’s event is designed to “Help Your Practice Soar”. Complete details can be found at The Friday, November 6, program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; highlights include:

  • “Reinventing Your Practice” with Bruce Dorner, who was the keynote speaker at our first Solo Conference. Dorner will talk about what experienced practitioners need to do to improve their practices to continue successfully into the future while maintaining many accepted practices. In addition, MSBA member Neil Tyra will talk about using new technologies in your practice.
  • “Making Your Case by Improving Your Memory” with Paul Mellor, who will discuss how to improve your chances in the courtroom by learning how to improve your memory. Mellor has presented to bar associations all over the country to rave reviews.

Each of these sessions is limited to 75 attendees.

On Saturday, November 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., there will be 20 breakout sessions on legal topics, technology topics and office management topics as well as a track on reinventing your practice. These sessions are good for experienced and new solo practitioners. Moreover, ALL of the Saturday sessions will be videotaped and made available to paid attendees online one week following the Conference. You will be able to see and hear all the sessions for the same low price.

On Saturday, Legal Mutual Liability Insurance Company will raffle a netbook. A Kindle will also be raffled. There will also be vendors in attendance, as in past years.

This year, the MSBA Law Assistance Program will have a “Wellness Spot”, where you can have your blood pressure checked and get information about maintaining and improving your health.

Also, this year there will be “transitioning tables” set up at lunch. These tables will be marked with different practice areas, and members of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section who practice in those areas will be on hand to discuss the pros and cons of a practice area and give tips to anyone who is considering transitioning to a new area.

Remember, space is limited to 200 attendees, so register early. We look forward to seeing you there!

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