You OWE it to YOURSELF to READ THIS!

Dear Small Firm Friends,

As promised, I’m here to point out a few more reasons you might kick yourself if you miss this year’s LPM-TECH conference in Columbia on September 15:

  1.  Superstars.  When our CLE division asked me for my suggestions for speakers, I gave them my wish list – never dreaming they would pick THREE of the biggest names on the list: Brett Burney, Debbie Foster, and Paul Unger.

    Brett Burney

    Debbie Foster

    Paul Unger

    I am talking about three past ABA TECHSHOW Chairs who happen to experts in law office management AND technology. Ms. Foster will even be back as co-chair of TECHSHOW 2018. When she last spoke at our conference, it was standing room only! This time, we are prepared with a bigger room. Lawyers raved about her practical, real-life approach. Paul Unger is one of my personal favorite speakers, hands down. When I attend a conference where he is speaking, you can bet I am in that room. Newer to South Carolina audiences, Brett Burney is another popular national speaker on valuable topics for small firm lawyers, from e-discovery to practicing law from a mobile device. These three speakers are superstars, but they are just three of a GREAT lineup of speakers, which includes SC lawyers.

  2.  Change your practice for the better now. All speakers will have good ideas you can easily and immediately implement in your practice. Our superstar speakers are sensitive to both practicality and cost issues for small firm lawyers. The concepts from this CLE could easily transform your law practice. For example, solo practitioner Jeremy Thompson, of Columbia, says that attending the Conference several years ago led him to immediately change the way he was managing his practice, with satisfying and verifiable results – practices he continues to utilize.
  3.  It’s a favorite. Lastly, after the email I sent the Section last week, I received several favorable, unsolicited, emails from lawyers about their experiences with the Conference. One included this: “I have been to LPM-Tech the last two years and loved it both times.  It’s a great event and I always found the information presented extremely valuable.”

SO, ASK YOURSELF: Can you afford to miss this Conference? You know whether you can be practicing more efficiently and being more profitable. You know whether you don’t know enough about many of these topics. Our ethics rules require a lawyer to be competent, first and foremost (Rule 1.1). Are you management and tech competent?

I REALLY hope you’ll register NOW for this FUN and USEFUL Conference! For the early bird discount, register before September 2. Don’t forget: members of the Solo & Small Firm Section save an additional $50.  If you are receiving this email and aren’t a member of the Section, it’s just $20 to join and you’ll still save $30 on the conference! To join, email Emily Worley or Courtney Troutman for more information.

THANK YOU and see you there!

Courtney

Liaison to the Solo & Small Firm Section

Director, Practice Management Assistance Program

NOW is the TIME to register for LPM-TECH!!

This year’s Conference has so much to offer, including THREE past ABA TECHSHOW Chairs speaking (one speaker, Debbie Foster, is the Chair again, in 2018).  NOW IS THE TIME to register for LPM-TECH (please see program descriptions in the bar at the top of the Conference website)!

There are lots of reasons you may not have registered yet, from “not sure if I will be free that day” to “I came last year.” Well, I can’t say whether you will be busy that day, but I can tell you that just as the law changes, so does technology – and there have been some big changes in the last year – from cybersecurity to products. As always, we are focusing on the PRACTICAL, understandable and realistic things that lawyers and their staff can do to be more efficient, safer, serve their clients better, and be more profitable.

I will save for later more details about the great CLE offerings, but don’t miss the very good odds of winning a prize in our raffle. This year, the Section is raffling (drum roll) a Varidesk Standing Desk – the hottest thing around. Studies show that sitting all day can actually shorten your life! The Varidesk allows you switch between sitting or standing with your monitor and keyboard. ALSO, we are raffling not one, but TWO 24” Samsung widescreen LED computer monitors. Stop straining your eyes! But you have to come to the Conference to take part! PMAP also has a raffle – an external 2 TB hard drive, a Dymo Turbo Labelwriter with labels, AND a Jabra wireless headset for your phone. Plus, we have our traditional Conference giveaways to ALL attendees. (I’ll let that be a surprise for later.)

Please, take a look at the Conference website and see what you’ll miss if you’re not there! This is our Section’s biggest event and our Section annual meeting. We need your support!

THANK YOU! If you have any questions, you can contact me, Emily or Cheryl. We’re counting on you to keep our Conference going!

Courtney (Kennaday) Troutman, Section Liaison

 

NFL Great Sam Wyche to Speak at LPM-TECH

In just a few short weeks, the only event especially for solos and small firms will take place at the Columbia Convention Center: LPM-TECH co-sponsored by the SSF Section. It’s Friday, September 15. The special luncheon speaker is NFL coach and former broadcaster, Sam Wyche. Coach Wyche will talk about Team Building the Wyche Way.

Inspirational, filled with motivation, humor, and sports (football) stories that everyone can relate to, you won’t want to miss it. So, energize your team the Wyche Way and attend the LPM-TECH conference!

The Clock is Ticking Down! LPM-TECH Scholarship and Solo & Small Firm Award

Would you love to attend the LPM-TECH Conference on September 15, 2017, but don’t have the cash?

The Solo and Small Section, which co-sponsors the LPM-TECH Conference, is offering a needs-based scholarship to the Conference. Click here to read the criteria.

Also, the Solo & Small Firm Section is soliciting nominations for this year’s Solo and Small Firm Section Award. For a complete list of details, criteria, and the form to nominate a lawyer or firm click here.

Please direct questions to ctroutman@scbar.org or eworley@scbar.org.

Head in the Cloud…How to Migrate to Cloud Storage

Are you thinking of replacing your office server with cloud storage?

Guess what? You are not alone!

Almost half of solo and small firms are investigating the same thing. But where do you begin?

Find answers to these questions, plus more, in this article by Catherine Sanders Reach, (Director of Law Practice Management and Technology, Chicago Bar Association) entitled:  “What Flavor of Cloud Storage Should I Use?”. Also, review this article by Robert Ambrogi, recent recipient of New England’s highest journalist honor, the Yankee Quill,  to help you interview cloud providers.

Do you have additional questions or need further assistance? Contact pmap@scbar.org.

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