Law Office Management Assistance
 
 

Law Office Management Assistance FAQs

What is LOMA?

What services are available through LOMA?

Are these resources for only solo and small firm practitioners?

Are all discussions confidential?

Are there special educational programs for LOMA?

How can I contact LOMA?

What is LOMA?

LOMA (Law Office Management Assistance) was created as a result of a report presented by the Task Force on Solo and Small Firm Practitioners to the Maryland State Bar Association.  The Task Force was created in June 1992 by then MSBA President Roger Perkins.  Roger was the MSBA's first president who was a solo practitioner and he believed that needs of this large segment of the membership were not being met.   

What services are available through LOMA?

1.  LOMA provides information on topics related to office management and technology for solo and small firms. There is a small library of reviews and articles describing various software packages. 
2.  LOMA has information packets on all areas of office management and technology which are available to members at no cost.
3.  LOMA acts as a telephone help desk for law practice management and technology for solo and small firm practitioners throughout the state. 
4.  LOMA maintains a list of technology consultants who have been recommended by solo/small firm practitioners.  We make these lists available to members.
5.  There is a loose leaf binder of materials on "How to Start a Solo Practice, " with articles to help new and experienced practitioners start a solo practice.
6.  ABA publications that relate to technology or law practice management issues are offered to MSBA members at a discount.  
7.  In the MSBA Bar Bulletin each month there is a SOLO AND SMALL FIRM PRACTITIONER COLUMN that include topics of interest to solo/small firm practitioners.  The column is practical and offers tips and suggestions on managing small law office.   

Are these resources for only solo and small firm practitioners?
          
No.  Any member can contact LOMA for assistance.

Are all discussions confidential?
           
Absolutely.

Are there special educational programs for LOMA?
          
In conjunction with the Solo and Small Firm Practice Section , the following programs are available:

Hanging Out  A Shingle: How to Develop a Solo Practice
An all day program that teaches the basics on how to start and run a solo practice.  It is held in February and July.       

Solo and Small Firm Conference
Every year in early November, there is a Solo and Small Firm Conference, held at the BWI Marriott.  There is a half day program
on Friday that focuses on How to Start a Solo Practice. The main event is an all day event held on a Saturday.  There are 20 sessions all day long with 25 vendors who offer goods and services specifically for solo and small firm practitioners. 
All sessions are recorded and available for downloading following the conference.

Solo Day @ the Annual Meeting
Each year at the MSBA Annual Meeting, held in Ocean City in June, there is a one day admission fee for the Friday programming for Solo Day.  It is an all day event with sessions specifically for solo and small firm practitioners.

How can I contact LOMA?

You can call Pat Yevics, Director of Law Office Management Assistance at 800-492-1964, ext 3039 or pyevics@msba.org.  She is available to answer your questions or point you in the right direction for the answer.

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