Continuing Legal Education

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Best Practices for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners - Fall 2014

September 19, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
6.75 MCLE hours, including 5.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Fairview Heights
Four Points Sheraton
319 Fountains Parkway
(map and directions)

ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series
Best Practices for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners - Fall 2014
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Join us in Fairview Heights as we kick off
ISBA’s New Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series!

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar! As an attendee, you will:

  • Learn which iPad and tablet apps can help you the most with running your office from a remote location
  • Discover how to get the most out of the software you already have without having to buy new products
  • Find out how to transform your office into a “paperless” environment that not only frees up storage space within your facility, but helps you find your files more quickly
  • Gain a better understanding of the gadgets and gizmos that are most useful to your practice
  • Master the art of making networking a natural part of your everyday life
  • Learn how social media can impact your license and professional reputation
  • And much more!

Program Moderator:
Timothy J. Storm, Storm Law Office, Barrington

Thank you to our Host Committee!
Jamie L. Bracewell, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard, Collinsville
Jack C. Carey, Jack Carey Attorney at Law, Belleville
E. Nicole Carrion, The Law Offices of E Nicole Carrion P.C., Edwardsville
Hon. Richard P. Goldenhersh, Illinois Appellate Court Fifth District, Belleville
Hon. Julie K. Katz, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Belleville
Russell K. Scott, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, Belleville



8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  iPad Apps for Lawyers*
Your iPad could be the most powerful tool in your mobile arsenal. Learn which apps allow you to create and edit documents, conduct research, review and annotate documents, organize your practice, review transcripts, present at trial, and more!
Alan R. Press, Alan R Press Attorney at Law P.C., Lincolnshire
Bryan Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Top Ten Ways to Use the Software You Already Have*
Get practical instructions for making the most of the software you already have, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.
Todd Flaming, KrausFlaming LLC, Chicago

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.  Break with Exhibitors
Sponsored by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

10:50 – 11:20 a.m.  Lawyers’ Assistance Program*
Edward T. McCarthy
, McCarthy & Allen, Glen Carbon
Gerald R. Walters, Lakin Law Firm, Wood River

11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.   The Paperless Office*
Paper, files filled with paper, and cabinets filled with files….all of which takes up space around the office and makes it difficult to easily find what you when you need it. This informative presentation explains what “going paperless” means and shows you how to get started – from choosing the proper electronic file format to knowing which type of equipment and software you need.
Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., Rockford

12:05 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch (Provided) 
Sponsored by Landgon & Emison

  • 12:05 - 12:40 p.m.  Lunch Served
  • 12:40 – 12:45 p.m.  Illinois Bar Foundation – John G. O’Brien (No MCLE credit)
  • 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.  ISBA Mutual – Kurt B. Bounds (No MCLE credit)
  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Gizmos and Gadges (No MCLE credit)
    This fast-paced conference favorite is sure to bring a smile to your face by offering you a look at the lighter side of technology, including tips and overviews of the gizmos and gadgets that are most useful for your law practice and your life!
    Aaron W. Brooks, Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C., Rockford
    Bryan Sims, Alan R Press Attorney at Law P.C., Naperville

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Featured Speaker: Rainmaking 1-2-3: Making Business Development a Natural Part of Your Everyday Life*
Sponsored by GEICO

Most professionals choose their field of work to use their skills and tackle challenges, not necessarily to spend their valuable time networking and selling. However, the process of building your list of contacts, expanding your sphere of influence and attracting new clients can be more enjoyable than you might think! This energetic session demystifies and illuminates the world of business development and gives you practical tools you can put into practice right away. Learn how to take the pain out of networking, discover the “secret” to getting anyone to like you, build a network that pays mutual dividends, and refocus the way you approach business prospecting.
Thom Singer, Professional Speaker/Consultant/Trainer, Austin, TX

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors

2:50 - 4:20 p.m.  Best Practices Rapid Fire Table Clinics
Capture some of the best ideas to incorporate into your practice during our lightning round session. Speakers on a variety of topics will be assigned to tables where they will share their top practice tips and answer your specific questions on those topics. You can switch tables at regular marked intervals throughout the session. Get ready for fast-paced fun and breakthrough ideas you can put to use in your practice. Topics include:

  • Best Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Practice Tips
    Joshua A. Humbrecht, Hassakis & Hassakis P.C., Mt. Vernon
    Kenneth F. Werts, Craig & Craig, Mt. Vernon
  • Best Family Law Practice Tips
    Morris L. Harvey, Law Offices of Morris Lane Harvey, Mt. Vernon
  • Best Criminal Law Practice Tips
    Hon. Donald D. Bernardi, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Normal
    Jeremy S. Karlin, Alcorn Karlin LLC, Galesburg
  • Best Transactional Practice Tips
    Timothy A. Gutknecht, Stumpf & Gutknecht P.C., Columbia
  • Best Litigation Practice Tips
    John J. O'Gara, Jr., O'Gara & Gomric P.C., Belleville
  • 12 Ethics Tips for All attorneys
    Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis
  • Business Card to Billable Client
    Thom Singer, Professional Speaker/Consultant/Trainer, Austin, TX
  • Best Courtroom Practice Tips
    Hon. Julie K. Katz, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Belleville

4:20 – 4:45 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors
Don’t miss this final break with the exhibitors! Complimentary beer and wine will be served as prizes are awarded.

4:45 – 5:45 a.m.  Social Media and Its Impact on Lawyer Ethics, Malpractice, and Professional Responsibility*
Learn how to protect your reputation (and license!) when using social media with this informative closing segment.
Michael P. Downey, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, St. Louis


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval