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Starting Your Law Firm Webinar Series

Do you dream of starting your own practice, but don’t know where to start?  Whether you've spent years working in someone else's firm or are fresh out of law school, the temptation to start your own law firm is always there.  This webinar series provides information and resources for starting and building a successful and satisfying law practice in a convenient and affordable format. 

Webinars are live presentations offered over the Internet through our webcast partner,
Copper Services. All webinars will be archived, so you can register for the live program and get almost instant access if you miss it. If you don’t register for the webcast live, it will be available for purchase at a later date.

CLE Credit: 1 CLE hour per session
Webinars qualify for in-house/self-study CLE credit.

Materials are electronic and will be emailed to registrants in advance.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Deciding to Start Your Law Firm

  • Why Start Your Law Firm
    Shatorree Bates
  • Moving from Big Law to Your New Practice 
    Cindy Manning
  • Debunking the Myths of Your New Practice 
    Shattorree Bates
  • How big is your Network: is it big enough to support a solo practice? 
    Tedra Hobson
  • Do I Need a Mentor?  Where Would I Find One? 
    Rob Wellon
  • Georgia Bar’s Transition Into Law Practice Program
    Tangela S. King, GA Bar TILPP Director

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Planning the Start of Your Law Firm

  • Business Plan 
    Natalie Kelly, GA Bar LPMP Director
  • Choosing the Form of the Entity 
    Jason Graham
  • Choosing the Law Firm’s Name 
    Gene Chapman
  • Practice Areas: Specialization – Niche Marketing or Not 
    Tedra Hobson
  • Exiting from Your Current Firm or Other Source of Employment 
    Jim Yeargen
  • Should I have Law Partners or do it Alone?   
    Bryan Baer

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nuts & Bolts of Setting up Your Law Firm

  • Office Space Choices 
    Jeanette L. Soltys
  • Legal Research Tools 
    Natalie Kelly, GA Bar LPMP Director
  • Bank Account(s)/IOLTA Account(s)  
    Gene Chapman
  • Malpractice Insurance 
    Gene Chapman
  • Technology Choices 
    Natalie Kelly, GA Bar LPMP Director

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ethical Considerations in Engaging and Relating to Clients

  • Engagement Agreements & Retainer Agreements
  • Managing the Client Relationship
  • Setting, Billing & Collecting Fees
    • Fee Arrangements
      • Hourly
      • Contingent
      • Retainer
      • Project
      • Alternative
    • Billing & Collecting Fees
      • How You Track Your Time
      • How You Bill Your Time
      • How You Collect Your Fees

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 

Growing Your Practice

  • Growing the Practice
    • Social Media (Jason Barnes, FindLaw) 
    • Websites and Blogs (Jason Barnes, FindLaw) 
    • Networking and Other Strategies (Ellen Malow)
  • Hiring Paralegals & Support Staff Considerations (Tim Ramsey) 
    • HR Issues 
    • Determining When to Hire 
    • Determining When to Fire
  • Of Counsel Relationships (Rob Huestis)
    •  Ethical Considerations
      • You as Of Counsel 
      • A Lawyer as Of Counsel to Your Firm
  • Employing a Contract Lawyer (Tedra Hobson)
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