Continuing Legal Education

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Closer Look: Managing Your Practice Like a Pro – Fall 2015

September 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 6.50 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

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

ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series
A Closer Look: Managing Your Practice Like a Pro - Fall 2015

Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

TAke a closer look at how to improve your practiceGet the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your law office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar! Gain a better understanding of:

  • How to maintain your practice during an emergency;
  • How to manage the financial side of your practice – from trust accounts and office expenses, to accounts receivable and payable;
  • The human resources issues you need to be aware of;
  • How document assembly can help you run your practice more efficiently;
  • How to plan for the future given the current legal landscape; and
  • Much more!

Program Moderator:
Annemarie E. Kill
, Avery Camerlingo & Kill LLC, Chicago


8:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

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

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Crisis Planning and Maintaining Your Practice during an Emergency or Crisis*
This segment examines the steps you can take to prepare for that inevitable emergency and discusses how to manage your practice and your life in the process. The services and resources available through the Lawyer's Assistance Program will be discussed as well as relevant Rules of Professional Responsibility and ARDC cases.
Hon. James Radcliffe (ret.), Lawyers’ Assistant Program, Belleville
Peter L. Rotskoff, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Springfield

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.  Everything Financial: Managing Trust Accounts, Office Expenses, Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable*
Kristen D. Rippee
, Paralegal, The Shaw Law Group P.C., Edwardsville
Jennifer Shaw, The Shaw Law Group P.C., Edwardsville

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Sponsored by The Bar Plan Surety and Fidelity Company

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.  Human Resources 101 for Your Law Firm*
Have you ever wondered or worried about which laws can affect you as an employer? Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the issues you should be aware of during the hiring/firing process, when you classify your employee, and more. The new proposed Fair Labor Standards Act regulations – including who gets overtime payment – is also discussed.
Ferne P. Wolf, Sowers & Wolf, LLC, St. Louis, MO

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  ISBA Legal Forms/Document Assembly*
This session provides a preview of the ISBA’s soon-to-launch legal forms program, as well as an overview of document assembly and how it can help you practice more efficiently.
Timothy A. Slating, ISBA Assistant Director of Publications, Springfield

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch (Provided)

  • 12:00 – 12:40 p.m. Lunch Served
  • 12:40 – 12:45 p.m.  Illinois Bar Foundation (No MCLE credit)
  • 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.  ISBA Mutual (No MCLE credit)
  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  ISBA Member Benefits (No MCLE credit)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Featured Speaker: Developing Your Practice for the Future*
With economic forces and rapid changes in technology creating a "new normal" for the delivery of legal services, a new law practice landscape has taken form. Join us for a comprehensive look at the stages of change firms have experienced, as well as a discussion on the predictions for the future. Learn practical advances you can make in your daily operations to deal with the current climate affecting your practice and the future your practice faces – no matter what size firm you are in or which stage of your legal career you find yourself!
Natalie R. Kelly, Director of Law Practice Management, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Complimentary beer and wine will be served.
Sponsored by Langdon & Emison

2:50 - 4:20 p.m.  Best Practices Rapid Fire Table Clinics
Capture some of the best ideas to incorporate into your practice during this lightning round session. Speakers on a variety of topics are assigned to tables where they share their top practice tips and answer your specific questions on those topics. Switch tables at regularly marked intervals throughout the session to get the most out of this fast-paced fun segment! Topics include:

  • Law Office Management Anonymous – Bring your most challenging law office management issue to the table and Natalie will help you solve it.
    Natalie R. Kelly, Director of Law Practice Management, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta
  • Excel for Attorneys – Discover the vast ways Excel can be used in your practice.
    Angelica W. Wawrzynek, Tapella & Eberspacher LLC, Mattoon
  • Protecting Your Online Reputation – Learn how to control, protect, and guide your professional reputation with this informative session.
    Geri Lynn Dreiling, Legal Media Matters LLC, St. Louis
  • How to Use GIS in Your Practice – Bring your laptop or tablet for a quick hands-on look at how to use geographic information systems (GIS) in your practice.
    Barbara L. Delanois, Davis and Delanois P.C., Danville
    Lisa Galyen, GIS Mapping Coordinator, Vermilion County, Danville
  • Open Source Online Investigation Tools Improve your online investigative skills with the information shared throughout this session.
    Laura L. Milnichuk, Tribler Orpett & Meyer P.C., Chicago
  • Adobe – Gain a better understanding of Adobe Acrobat and how it can help you make better use of PDFs.
    Carl R. Draper, Feldman Wasser, Springfield
  • Fastcase – Bring your laptop or tablet for a crash course on how to use this great ISBA member benefit!  
    Timothy A. Slating, ISBA Assistant Director of Publications, Springfield
  • Solo Small Firm Practice Idea Exchange – Bring your best law office management tip to the table … because, sometimes, the best tips come straight from our peers!
    Annemarie E. Kill, Avery Camerlingo & Kill LLC, Chicago

4:20 – 4:45 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Prizes Awarded at End of Break)
Don’t miss this final break with the exhibitors! Complimentary beer and wine will be served. Be sure to turn in your completed Exhibitor “Guess Who” card to conference registration by 4:35 to be entered into the prize drawings.

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.  Nine Ways to Practice Smarter, Not Harder*
Michael P. Downey
, Downey Law Group LLC, St. Louis