By Megan Zavieh
Summer has unofficially begun, and as the weather heats up, don’t forget all the great ways you can utilize your Section benefits and get involved with the Section. If you’re taking a break from the office, remember you can still take a bit of time to tap out an article to include here in the ePractitioner or in our print publication The Practitioner. Or, use your free MCLE Section benefit to get ahead on your requirements before it’s crunch time for the next reporting deadline. The summer will be capped off in August with our first ever Sections Convention. That is August 18-19 in San Diego, and we hope to see many of you there for MCLE and networking opportunities. We will also be presenting our Section’s Attorney of the Year award; check your inbox for nomination information and send along the names of worthy attorneys who should be considered.
Finally, please tell your colleagues about the benefits you receive from the Section. We would love to have your solo and small firm friends join us as members. Have a wonderful summer!
The State Bar Solo and Small Firm Section is pleased to announce that San Diego County attorney L. Tracee Lorens is the honored recipient of the 2017 Attorney of the Year Award. The Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California presents its Attorney of the Year Award to honor a solo or small firm attorney, who has shown exemplary leadership and dedication to the legal profession, contributed to the betterment of the practice of law, and has devoted significant service to the public and legal community. Mrs. Lorens fits the profile exceptionally. The award will be presented at the Solo and Small Firm Reception at the Section's Convention held on Friday, August 18, 2017, in San Diego at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marin.
Tracee Lorens is a very accomplished attorney (recently retired) who now divides her work time between a Mediation practice in California and Colorado, and her luxury vacation rental business. She was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and many admiringly nick named her “The Colorado Mountain Woman”, due to her tenacious litigation style and her never ending drive to win for her clients, every single time. READ MORE
The Sections of The State Bar of California are pleased to present the 2017 Sections Convention – a networking and learning opportunity planned especially for California attorneys and legal professionals.
Sections ConventionFriday-Saturday, August 18-19, 2017Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Spa
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will open at 7 a.m. on Friday.
This inaugural event is the new platform for the State Bar Sections’ stellar programs and events previously offered at The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.
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We've scheduled three webinar replays this summer that give you the tools you need to open your own firm, either by yourself or in tandem with a few partners.
Wedneday, August 2, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.
The first five years of soloing are the hardest, most anxious, most fatiguing and potentially most joyful years of practice. Learn solid tips for not only surviving but actually enjoying these years by identifying and controlling the landmines as well as the areas of untapped growth through careful planning.
Speaker: Eleanor Southers
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This presentation will address some common actions attorneys take and fail to take that can get them into difficulties early in the development of their practice. Topics will include office location and set up, staffing, billing practices, practice areas, client relationships and business development.
Speaker: Dennis McCue
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Attorneys will learn why and how to avoid huge time and money wasters in their practice. From how to efficiently handle telephone calls, to avoiding requests for free legal advice, to billings, bookkeeping and cash flow maintenance.
Speaker: Frank Lockwood
Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
This class will cover the differences between attorneys and agents and what they can and cannot do for athlete clients. It will examine the ethical rules and discipline procedures associated with attorneys and agents. Specifically, determining who is the proper representative for an athlete?
Speaker: Jeremy M. Evans
By Steven L. Krongold
Scope of Anti-SLAPP Statute
Park v. Board of Trustees of Cal. State Univ., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 3170 (5/4/2017)
Denial of tenure based on alleged national-origin discrimination does not trigger anti-SLAPP protections. Court followed a trio of recent decisions holding that discriminatory actions do not meet the “arising from” prong simply because the discriminatory animus might have been evidenced by one or more communications by a defendant. Read more.
Dear Members: Our Section Magazine, The Practitioner (formerly known as Big News for Solo & Small Firms), is back as a quarterly publication. If you are a Section member, you should have been receiving our new and improved magazine. We are currently accepting articles. Please contact our new Editor-in-Chief Jeremy M. Evans at: Jeremy@CSLlegal.com.
Jeremy M. Evans
Published by The State Bar of California
As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. READ MORE
Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. READ MORE
A good source for webinars is the CLE Calendar in the California Bar Journal, showing all of the upcoming webinars from all of the Sections, as well as in-person programs.
We're very grateful for your membership in the Section.
As a token of that, we're offering self-study MCLE credit in the areas of Legal Ethics, Competence Issues, and Recognition and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and in Society. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.
Simply watch the programs and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.
View Solo and Small Firm Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Choose from hundreds of hours of official State Bar of California MCLE programs. To See aSolo nd Small Firm Section programs.
Online articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. See Solo and Small Firm Section self-study articles.
Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Section, you're eligible for:
Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.
Solo and Small Firm Section
The State Bar of California
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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639