Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Balancing Act: Technology Tools and Techniques for Your Practice

October 28, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
6.75 MCLE hours, including 6.75 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Co-sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Chicago
ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
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ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series
A Balancing Act: Technology Tools and Techniques for Your Practice

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


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Although modern technology has evolved by leaps and bounds, the use of technology in the legal community has moved a bit more slowly because attorneys are hesitant to take risks on the unknown. This full-day seminar shows you how technology can boost efficiency and professionalism in your practice and gives you the confidence you need to use it. As an attendee, you will learn: 

  • How to use Office 365 in your practice;
  • New ways to energize yourself and handle the stresses of technology and the demands of your practice;
  • How technology can help you manage deadlines and get compensated for your time;
  • Which technology tips you can and should begin incorporating into your practice;
  • New techniques for establishing great communication with clients, jurors, and judges;
  • How to monitor and protect your online reputation;
  • The ethical issues that can arise when using technology in your practice;
  • How to share documents electronically; and
  • Much more!


Program Moderator:
Debra L. Thomas, Romanucci & Blandin LLC, Chicago

 

Agenda

8:15 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.  Office 365 in the Law Office: The Future of Knowledge Tech - Today
Explore the solo and small firm’s practitioners’ knowledge technology future available to you today including: how to make an affordable and safe transition to the cloud; what makes Microsoft’s cloud offering compelling; and, what the Rules have to say about your technology choices and safe harbors.
Jonathan Chatham, Network It Easy (“NIE”), Lisle
Jonathan C. Kibler, Southern Illinois Law Center, Carbondale

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Mindfulness in the Age of Technology*
Overcome the challenges and stresses you face from the irritations of technology and the demands of the practice by incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily routine. Learn new ways to energize yourself and handle the stresses of the profession, all while getting tips on how to conquer your challenges – one step at a time.
Mark C. Metzger, Law Office of Mark C Metzger, Naperville

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Visit with exhibitors during the break and complete the Exhibitor Game Card for your chance to win Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch.
Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Technology Tools for Time Management and Billing*
Get perspectives from experienced attorneys in a variety of practice areas on how to manage common deadlines and get compensated for your time. Time management and billing tips from simple to complex are discussed.
Moderator: Sarah Toney, The Toney Law Firm, LLC, Chicago
Gina A. DeBoni, Romanucci & Blandin LLC, Chicago
Erica C. Minchella, Minchella & Associates Ltd., Skokie
Ava M. George Stewart, Law Office of Ava George Stewart, Chicago
Andrew G. Vaughn, NuVorce LLC, Chicago

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  45 Technology Tips in 45 Minutes*
Don’t miss this fast-paced presentation that offers you 45 tips on a variety of technology issues that you can begin incorporating into your practice.
Nerino J. Petro, HolmstromKennedy P.C., Rockford
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (Provided)

  • 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch Served
  • 12:45 – 12:50 p.m.     Illinois Bar Foundation  (No MCLE credit)
  • 12:50 – 1:00 p.m.       ISBA Mutual (No MCLE credit)
  • 1:00 – 1:05 p.m.         ISBA Member Benefits (No MCLE credit)
  • 1:05 – 1:15 p.m.         Break with Exhibitors

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Featured Speaker: Moving Your Practice Forward: Tips from a Trial Lawyer*
Accomplished criminal lawyer, speaker and small firm practitioner, Tyrone C. Moncriffe, demonstrates the techniques he uses in his jury trials and shares how these techniques can help you in all areas of your practice, including your communication with clients, jurors, judges and more. Get the motivation you need to stay positive and move forward in your practice, even when dealing with impossible cases with impossible odds.
Tyrone C. Moncriffe, Tyrone Moncriffe & Associates, Texas

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.  Knowing and Protecting Your Online Reputation*
Long gone are the days where simple the word-of-mouth opinions among people who knew each other could make or break your practice. Today, “word-of-mouth” means that your success as an attorney is influenced by the online opinions of people who never have and never will met each other. Don’t miss this discussion on knowing what your online reputation is and how to protect it.
James J. Grogan, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Lea S. Gutierrez, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break with Exhibitors (Refreshments provided)
Visit with exhibitors during the break and complete the Exhibitor Game Card for your chance to win Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. Complimentary beer and wine will be served.

3:00 - 4:00 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. Select three of the topics below and switch tables every 20 minutes to get the most out of this fast-paced fun segment! Topics include:

  • Technology and Ethics
    James J. Grogan, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
    Lea S. Gutierrez, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
  • Office 365
    Representatives from Microsoft will offer a hands-on demonstration of Office 365 across a variety of devices including, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and 4, an android table and phone, and an Apple iPad, and a Macbook.
    Jonathan Chatham, Network It Easy (“NIE”), Lisle
    Jonathan C. Kibler, Southern Illinois Law Center, Carbondale
  • Electronic Pleadings
    Hon. Adrienne W. Albrecht, Circuit Court Judge, Kankakee
  • Document Sharing – Dropbox and Other Options
    Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville
  • Securing and Protecting Your Mobile Office
    Michael F. Brennan, The Virtual Attorney, Grayslake

4:00 – 4:15 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 Game card to conference registration by 4:10 to be entered into the prize drawings. 

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.  The Best Of: Table Clinic Tips on Technology and Practice Management*
The program concludes with our table clinic speakers gathering together to answer the most frequently asked questions and to summarize the top tips on their topic. Don’t miss this supercharged summary of the best ideas from throughout the day!
Moderator: Sarah Toney, The Toney Law Firm, LLC, Chicago
Hon. Adrienne W. Albrecht, Circuit Court Judge, Kankakee

Michael F. Brennan, The Virtual Attorney, Grayslake
Jonathan Chatham, Network It Easy (“NIE”), Lisle
James J. Grogan, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Lea S. Gutierrez, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Jonathan C. Kibler, Southern Illinois Law Center, Carbondale
Bryan M. Sims, Sims Law Firm Ltd., Naperville