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From the Big eNewsletter -- March 2014 Edition

  1. MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
  2. IN THE KNOW
    1. Ready to Market. A 5 part series
    2. How to Get the Depo Testimony You Need for Summary Judgment
    3. Lawyers as Comic Book HerosLawyers as Comic Book Heros!
  3. OUTREACH
    1. Completed Programs
    2. Programs Currently Scheduled
    3. Request a Program
  4. UP TO DATE
    1. Beef up Your Member Record on the State Bar's Website
    2. New Solo and Small Firm Section Member Benefit! 4 Hours of Free MCLE in Legal Ethics in 2014
    3. Beware! Attorneys Structuring Transfers Could Become Witnesses
  5. TIPS ON TECH
    1. Is it OK to Google a Client?
    2. Before You Get a Website, Get a Development Agreement
    3. Online Databases for Legal Research
  6. SECTION PUBLICATIONS
    1. Big News for Solo and Small Firms
    2. Practice Book Available for Purchase
  7. IN PERSON
    1. Webinars:
    2. Myer Sankary Award: Nominate an Attorney you know to be Attorney of the Year
    3. Solo Summit is coming!

Continuing Member Benefits

  1. Sally Elkington is this Year's Meyer Sankary Award Recipient
  2. Recent Online Programs from the Solo and Small Firm Section for Participatory CLE Credit
  3. Skill Builder Webinar Series in our Catalog
  4. Save Money with CEB: Discounts for Section Members

 


1. Message from the Chair

Get Published Today!

Calling all writers!  Articles for the next edition of Big News for Solo and Small Firms are needed.  The Winter 2014 issue should have been received by you and now we are looking for content for the Spring and Summer editions.  This is your opportunity to get published and increase your visibility throughout the state.

When I joined the Committee five years ago, I had never published.  But publishing in Big News in 2009 opened doors for me.   I had moved from “Big Law" to my own firm Flashpoint Law in 2008.  After publishing nearly twenty articles, some of which have been republished,  I had the confidence to launch a mediation practice, Flashpoint Mediation, in 2010.  All this has happened without a big firm marketing department behind me.

Writing for the bar journal helped build my confidence.  I know have something valuable to say.  Let us help you get news about you out there -  by publishing. 

At the end of the day, our Section's goal is to help you, the solo and small firm attorneys in California. If I or another member of the Executive Committee can help you in any way, please call me or email me. We're here to serve you.

Shirish
Flashpoint Law
Attorney and Mediator
sgupta@flashpointmediation.com
650- 539-4019 and 714-759-4019

2. In the Know

A. Ready to Market?

A 5-part series.
Marketing your firm: basic concepts to plan execution.
By: Erin M. Wildman [Marketing Strategist, www.erinwildman.com ]

Article 4: Creating Integrated Marketing Plans

Using your target market from the last article, you now need to construct a plan to reach these people with your message/offer. The best way to do that is with an integrated marketing campaign and that takes some planning. The reason integrated marketing campaigns ("IMC"s) are called "integrated" is that you are wrangling all different types of media channels [see chart, below] into one cohesive plan. "Cohesive" being the operative word. If your message/offer is different on each channel you will not have the same effect as a coordinated campaign.

For example, a basic IMC plan might be composed of: a single print ad in your child's school directory; a basic Google AdWords campaign using your keywords and phrases that describe your niche business and which leads to your business phone number; and a direct mail campaign to select clients you've had in the past and would like to ask for referrals. You do not have to have a big budget or a complicated plan. At the end of the day, people just need to know you (still) exist and can perform your particular service for them. Your graphics should all look, at the very least, similar. The content of your message should be the same, or a close to the same as possible, across all your channels.

I like to break down your marketing opportunities into two categories: Channels and Touchpoints. Channels breaks down into Traditional, Digital, and PR while Touchpoints breaks into Pre-Sale, Point of Sale, and Post-Sale. A basic overview follows:

Channels

Touchpoints

Traditional

  • Print
    • Magazine
    • Newspaper
    • Billboard
    • Poster
    • Business Collateral
      • Brochures
      • One Sheets
      • Newsletter
  • Television
    • Commercials
    • Product Placement
  • Radio
    • Advertisements
    • Sponsorships
  • Direct Mail
    • Offers
    • Holiday Cards
    • Birthday Cards
  • Event (Experiential) Marketing
    • Trade-Shows
    • Hosted Events
    • Sponsored Events
  • Sponsorships
    • People as Sponsors
    • Sponsoring Events
  • Samples/Give-Aways
  • Contests
    • Raffles
    • Sweepstakes

Digital

  • Website
    • Blog
  • Social
    • Facebook
      • Promoted Posts
      • Ads
    • Twitter
      • Promoted Tweets
    • Instagram
    • Tumblr
    • Yelp
      • Ads
      • Offers
    • + a ton more everyday
  • Email
    • Newsletter
    • Deals
    • Product Updates
  • Search Engine
    • Google AdWords
    • Yahoo Search Ads
    • Bing Search Ads

Public Relations

  • Customer Service
  • Press Releases
  • Reviews

Pre-Sale

  • Networking Events
  • Referrals
  • Research Sources (Internet Reviews)
  • Cold Calling/Sales
  • Newsletter (Email or Print)
  • Customer Service

Point of Sale

  • At the Register
  • On the Invoice
  • In the Office
  • Customer Service

Post-Sale

  • In the Package
  • Thank You Cards/Gifts
  • Customer Service

The main thing to keep in mind when building your plan is to choose the channels where your targets are not only going to be but also where they are paying attention. The internet has spawned a plethora of cheap and inexpensive ways to market and advertise yourself but that doesn't mean that's the only place you should advertise.

Next you must make sure your channels are being used at the right touchpoints [contact point, customer contact, Moment of Truth, point of contact] to be the most effective. A family lawyer using a direct mail service of one sheet to a former client (post sale) doesn't really make much sense. But leaving those sheets at a legal clinic (pre-sale) does. Don't be afraid to do a little digging on the internet to find whitepapers [authoritative report or guide] and other free research that could help you identify the best channels and touchpoints for your customers.

Coming next month, Article 5: Digital Marketing for Beginners.

B. How to Get the Depo Testimony You Need for Summary Judgment

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.
http://blog.ceb.com/2014/01/13/how-to-get-the-depo-testimony-you-need-for-summary-judgment/

 REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION

It's easy to fall into the trap of not nailing things down in deposition as well as you thought you did. Check out one expert's advice for getting the deposition testimony you'll need for your summary judgment motion.

In this short video clip, attorney Karen Kimmey of Farella, Braun & Martel in San Francisco tells how she uses real-time transcripts to make sure to get admissions during depo that she'll need for a summary judgment motion.

Link to Getting Depo Testimony Video

Get many more practical tips from the panel of experts in CEB's program How to Write a Persuasive Summary Judgment Motion, available On Demand. And for everything you need to know about successfully moving for and opposing a summary judgment motion, make sure you have CEB's California Summary Judgment.

Related CEB blog posts:

  • 8 Questions to Ask Before Making the Move for Summary Judgment
  • The Pros and Cons of Moving for Summary Judgment
  • 10 Tips for Optimizing Your Opposition to a Summary Judgment Motion
  • 10 Things to Check Before Moving for Summary Judgment

C. Lawyers as Comic Book Heros!

Link to http://www.abajournal.com/gallery/LawyerComicsFor all our readers who are comic book fans, check out Lawyers As Comic Book Heros! from the ABA Journal.

3. Outreach

The Solo and Small Firm Section is ready to bring programs to you!

A. Completed Programs

San Joaquin County Bar Association - May 23, 2013
Program: How to Offer Big Firm Services on A solo or Small Firm Budget.

Santa Cruz Bar Association - June 12, 2013
Program: Time Management for Attorneys Who Have No TIme;

Humboldt County Bar Association - November 1, 2013
Dealing with the Difficult Client in Criminal Matters

Yuba City Bar Association - November 19, 2013
NO YOU DIDN'T: recognizing the difference between a mistake and malpractice

Santa Clara Law School - December 6, 2013
Starting Your Own Solo Practice

Imperial County Car Association - January 22, 2014 - noon in El Centro
Program: Demystifying Social Networking and It's Ethical Implication for Lawyers.

San Joaquin County - Stockton - January 23, 2014
Program: Negotiations

Lake County Bar - January 30, 2014 - noon in Lakeport
Program: "What Do You Mean That's Malpractice?"

Chapman Law School - February 28, 2014 - 8:30 AM - noon
Reception at noon free to section members

B. Programs Currently Scheduled

Riverside County Bar Association - March 20, 2014 - noon
To Post or Not: the Social Media Ethical Dilemma

Southwestern Law School - April 24, 2014 - 5 PM - 6 PM
"Striking Out On Your Own"

Thomas Jefferson Law School - April 26, 2014 - 9:00 AM - noon
Reception at noon

Bakersfield Bar Association -tba

Additional 2014 programs currently being confirmed.
We hope to see you in your locale soon!

C. Request a Program

Susan Share If you missed us at one of our prior programs, invite us back.

If you are having trouble finding ways to meet your MCLE requirements because programs are not offered in your local area, then let us know!

The Solo and Small Firm Section has an extensive program library. A representative from our Section can come out to your local bar association and give a program which will count toward your live program requirement hours.

Contact your local bar and have them request a program from us!

Sincerely,
Susan Share, Outreach Committee Chair

4. Up to Date

A. Beef up Your Member Record on the State Bar's Website

The State Bar's website allows you to add a photo and expand your State Bar profile. Using a secure link within My State Bar Profile, attorneys may add information to their public record to include area(s) of practice, any additional language(s) spoken, their law firm's website address and a photo.

To get started, just log in at https://members.calbar.ca.gov/login.aspx and click on the "Expanded Profile" link.

B. 4 Hours of Self-Study CLE in Legal Ethics -- Complimentary for Members of the Solo and Small Firm Section!

As a 2014 benefit of Section membership, we are pleased to offer four hours of MCLE credit in the field of Legal Ethics. That's enough to fulfill the Ethics requirement.

The Section thanks you for your membership!If you were purchasing these courses individually in our Online Catalog, they would cost $140 -- so that's your Section membership more than paid for, and then some!

Just watch these programs, and keep a record of having done so in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.

You can access these programs and the accompanying written materials any time this year in the Members Only Area.

The programs are:

  • Avoiding the State Bar Disciplinary System
  • Client Trust Accounting Fundamentals
  • Ethical Implications for Lawyers in Cyberspace and Social Media
  • Ethics and Civility: Want an Extension? Forget about It!

C. Beware! Attorneys Structuring Transfers Could Become Witnesses

Henry DavidBy Henry S. David

Getting a judgment is often just the first step in accomplishing your client's goal to collect on a debt; collecting on the judgment is often the more difficult step -- especially when the judgment debtor is willing to hide his or her assets.

Many of us have heard about fraudulent transfers, but we haven't really thought about how to attack them. We think, simplistically: The judgment debtor owes our client the money; the judgment debtor is the "bad guy" who just hid ("fraudulently transferred") his assets; I will sue him to get the transferred property back, and maybe for damages. (After all, a fraudulent transfer is a tort -- and may be a crime.) A recent decision by the Court of Appeal reminds us that this thinking will lead us down the wrong path.

In Renda v. Nevarez (4th Dist. February 14, 2014) 2014 WL 564411, the creditor obtained a judgment of $817,429.55. The judgment debtor then transferred certain of her assets to sham companies. The judgment creditor sued the judgment debtor and the sham companies as "aiders and abettors" and "co-conspirators." The judgment creditor obtained a judgment against the judgment debtor to set aside the transfers, and a money judgment of $450,000 against the transferees. But the judgment creditor wanted a money judgment against the judgment debtor -- in addition to the one that he already had. The trial court refused, and the Court of Appeal affirmed (without even an appearance by the judgment debtor). "[A] creditor who has obtained a judgment for damages against a debtor in a prior action is not entitled under the UFTA to recover a personal judgment against the debtor for the amount of money the debtor subsequently transfers to third parties to hinder, delay, or defraud the creditor in collecting on the original judgment."

Although this decision is consistent with mainstream thinking by practitioners in the area, it raises a number of interesting issues: The creditor can obtain a money judgment against "aiders and abetters" and "co-conspirators," but not against the "ringleader." Also, although less than clear, punitive damages may be available in fraudulent transfer cases -- but can a creditor/plaintiff get punitive damages against the transferor if he obtains non-monetary relief, but no compensatory damages against her? Before you conclude that you might as well not name the judgment debtor as another defendant in the fraudulent transfer case, there are advantages to naming her.

If the judgment debtor's attorney assisted in the structuring of the fraudulent transfers (as is often the case), proving a prima facie case of an intentional fraudulent transfer may allow you to overcome attorney-client privilege objections to some discovery. It often will be easier to make that prima facie case if the judgment debtor is a defendant and not just a non-party witness in the fraudulent transfer case. There are many other strategic and tactical issues to consider in pursuing fraudulent transfers (such as including oft-overlooked common fraudulent transfer claims), and the Renda v. Nevarez decision reminds us that this is a complicated and tricky area.

5. Tips on Tech

 A. Is it OK to Google a Client? A Rule of Thumb for Physicians May Work for Lawyers, Too!

The rule of thumb for doctors that might also work well for lawyers facing a similar decision: "Before Googling, they should ask themselves "How is this going to benefit the patient?" . . . . If no good answer comes to mind, don't do it."

For complete story go to the ABA Journal.

B. Before You Get a Website, Get a Development Agreement

 Posted on February 28, 2014 by Julie Brook, Esq.

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Do you or your clients need to hire a website developer? Don't do it until you read this!

Before bringing a website developer on board, you need to negotiate and draft a website development agreement. The importance of a written website development agreement cannot be overstated. Without an agreement that addresses ownership of intellectual property created by a third-party developer, the presumption is that the developer, as its creator, owns all such intellectual property. See 17 USC §201(a).

Given this presumption, a website development agreement must contain detailed provisions on ownership of the finished website and all underlying work product.
And website development shouldn't be an open-ended process. In negotiating a website development agreement, have a well-defined concept of how the website will look and what it will do.

The website development agreement should be in writing and clearly identify the responsibilities of each party, when items must be delivered or services performed,
how much development will cost and when payments are due, and who will own the materials developed under the agreement.

The agreement should include -- typically as an exhibit, so that it can be amended and updated as needs change -- a detailed description (often called the "functional specification") of how the website will look and how it will function. The parties should include drawings, diagrams, images -- anything that will help describe the desired end product.

Both sides will benefit from a complete, well-written contract: Developers will know exactly what they need to do, and when, to get paid, and you or your client will have a clear articulation of the website to be produced under the agreement.

For much more information on website development agreements, including a sample form agreement, turn to CEB's Internet Law and Practice in California, chapter 5. Just starting your practice and realizing you need a website? Get practical advice from someone who's been there in CEB's program Launching a Successful Law Practice, available On Demand.

C. Online Databases for Legal Research

Here are two online databases that lawyers can use for research:

  1. California Regulations

    Regulations were difficult to find and update when I started practicing, but now the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) provides access to an online searchable version of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). Maintained under contract with Thompson-Reuters (West) to provide free public access to a full text version of the regulations, the CCR is available to read, search, or print. The search functions are limited to pulling a specific section in a Title, or to searching across titles for specific terms, and the text contains no annotations (which are value-added content created by the publisher). The regulations are not annotated, but they are kept current weekly by the OAL. Go to http://www.oal.ca.gov/ccr.htm for the homepage of the online CCR (click the link for "Online"), or go directly to the search page for the database at http://ccr.oal.ca.gov/linkedslice/default.asp?SP=CCR-1000&Action=Welcome.

  2. California Statutes and Legislation

    When I work with California statutes I like to check the current version of the statute and then look to see whether the Legislature has enacted any urgency legislation that might affect my work.

    For free online statutes, I use the California Legislative Information website at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/. From here I can check the current text of a statute (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml) or search for pending or recently enacted changes (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml). You can search using a bill number or by text searches. You can look at different versions of pending legislation to see what changes have occurred since the bill was introduced or as between amended versions of the same bill, and review legislative history. After recent upgrades, the site is easy to use and invaluable for tracking state legislative developments.

6. Section Publications

Henry DavidA. Big News for Solo and Small Firms

Our Section Magazine, Big News for Solo and Small Firms, is back as a quarterly publication. If you are a Section member, you should have received Big Meeting [2013 Annual Meeting] edition in early October [add] and Big News [Winter 2014] edition last week.

The next edition is scheduled for the [change] second quarter of 2014. Please contact our new editor, Henry S. David at: hdavid@davidfirm.com.

B. Practice Book Available for Purchase

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office addresses what can be both a lawyer's most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. It picks up where book one, "The California Guide to Opening a Law Office",left off, exploring challenges of growing a law practice in detail.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction and Road Map to Using the Book
  • Managing a Law Office
  • The Financial Dimension of Growth: Increasing Revenue and Profits
  • The Human Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number of lawyers, professionals, and staff
  • The Client Dimension of Growth: Increasing the number and type of clients
  • The Geographic Dimension of Growth: Marshaling physical resources
  • The Technology Dimension of Growth
  • Planning for the Unexpected

    Cost: $99 Available in State Bar Sections Bookstore:
    http://sections.calbar.ca.gov/About/SectionsBookstore.aspx

7. In Person

A . Webinars

1. Legal Ethics for Non-Litigators in the Client Lifecycle, Part 2 -- Representing Clients

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the Intellectual Property Law Section and the Business Law Section

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in Legal Ethics. You must register in advance in order to participate.

While all lawyers often face the same ethical issues, transactional lawyers and corporate lawyers often need guidance tailored to their non-litigation practice. Through a series of hypotheticals, ethical rules as they apply through the "life cycle" with clients, now concentrating on representing clients -- e.g., conflicts will be explained.

Speaker Megan Zavieh's practice focuses exclusively on attorney ethics. She provides limited scope representation to attorneys facing State Bar disciplinary action and writes about ethics at California State Bar Defense, Lawyerist.com and AttorneyatWork.com.

2. Lawyering with Skill & Perspective While Surrounded by Conflict: Avoiding Substance Abuse in the Law

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in the area of Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse. You must register in advance in orde to participate.

Lawyers are more likely than many other professionals to engage in substance abuse. This webinar looks at the suffering inherent in practicing law and that drives us to abuse drugs, alcohol and other substances, and then offers concrete tools for successfully managing that suffering without resorting to substance abuse.

Speaker Judi Cohen is an attorney, law professor and mindfulness teacher. Her company, Warrior One, offers mindfulness training and executive, mindfulness-based coaching for lawyers. You can contact Judi at +1-510-326-6685 or at Judi@WarriorOne.com.

B. Myer Sankary Award: Nominate an Attorney you know to be Attorney of the Year

Cindy ElkinsThe Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has exercised notable leadership or contributed to the development of greater justice in a field of law. The award is presented annually to an individual who is a sole practitioner or a member of a small firm and who has devoted years of faithful service and leadership to the community or his or her fellow attorneys. To be eligible, the individual must be a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section of the State Bar of California.

If you know of someone who merits this award, please contact Cynthia Elkins at celkins@employer-law.com to obtain an application form.

C. Solo Summit is coming!

Link to Solo Summit
California Solo and Small Firm Summit

Link to Solo Summit BrochureThe State Bar of California California Solo & Small Firm Summit
June 19-21, 2014
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
900 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. 

Earn 10 hours of MCLE credit

Group Discount

SAVE when you send multiple staff from the same office. Register two or more people and receive $25 off the pre-registration fee for each registrant. Everyone in the “group” must register at the same time to qualify. Call 415-538-2508 for more information. Not available for online registration.

This Is Not Your Ordinary Weekend CLE Program!

Beautiful Newport Beach, link to Solo Summit The Summit is the event of the year for California’s Solo and Small Firm practitioners and office staff! Expand your network knowledge and skills, and learn key approaches to build a successful client referral network. Take away strategic solutions for the practice of law and the management of your legal business.

The Summit features power networking events, legal education classes, business management courses, and more -- all designed to promote a thriving law practice.

Earn up to 10 hours of MCLE credit, including credit in Legal Ethics. Select courses also offer legal specialization credit.

See the full program brochure at 2014 California Solo and Small Firm Summit.

Continuing Member Benefits

1. Sally Elkington is this Year's Meyer Sankary Award Recipient

The State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section was pleased to give Alameda County’s Sally Elkington the 2013 Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award.  The Section presents the Award each year to someone who has shown dedication to public service, given her time and energies to promote access to justice, and demonstrated leadership to the legal community. Ms. Elkington exemplifies these ideals. The award was given on Friday, October 11, 2013 at a reception at the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Jose. 

2. Recent Online Programs from the Solo and Small Firm Section for Participatory CLE Credit

WebinarSome of the programs in our recent series are now in our selection of  Solo and Small Firm Section programs in the online catalog.  The online catalog is a great resource for getting participatory CLE credit in the area you need, when you need it.

3. Skill Builder Webinars:  Series II

Skill Builder graphicFind out what they didn't teach you in law school.  The Solo and Small Firm Section has developed a series of webinars with new lawyers in mind (but anyone will benefit from these great programs).  Whether you are hanging out your own shingle or working in a firm, learn tips and techniques that will help you tackle your next project and bring more value to your clients.

These programs are available in our online catalog.

Your Client's Deposition: Preparation Tips and Strategies
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
All litigators know that the client deposition is key events of the case. This webinar will discuss methods to develop confident and knowledgeable clients and attorneys who will be able to competently perform in deposition.
Speakers: Teresa McQueen, Pedersen Law & Dispute Resolution; Neil Pedersen, Pedersen Law & Dispute Resolution Corp.
Online CLE / Podcast

Attorney Communication and the 1st Amendment
Originally presented Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits, all of which may be applied toward  Ethics
Explores the overlap between the Rules of Professional Conduct and the First Amendment freedoms for the attorneys.
Speaker: B. Austin Baillio, Associate, Marcin Lambirth, LLP
Online CLE / Podcast

Mediation Strategies
Originally presented Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
This course will take you through the steps that lead to a successful mediation: deciding whether and when to mediate, selecting a mediator, preparing your client and your case, and what to expect during mediation.
Speaker: Steven Mehta, Mediation Offices of Steven G. Mehta
Online CLE / Podcast

Judgment Debtor Exams
Originally presented Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
How-to-Guide to Uncovering Assets  
Speakers: Price K. Kent, Marcin Lambirth, LLP; John R. Greenwall, Marcin Lambirth, LLP
Online CLE / Podcast

Presentation Skills in the Courtroom
Originally presented Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
Learn effective skills for presenting your client’s case at each step in the litigation process, from law and motion to trial. Learn what judges, mediators, and juries want and need to hear from you, whether you are arguing points of law or presenting the story of the case.
Speakers: Steve Mehta, Mediation Offices of Steven G. Mehta; Patricia McCabe
Online CLE / Podcast

Bias in the Legal Profession
Originally presented Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits, 1 of which may be applied toward Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession (No Ethics)
This webinar covers the basics of discrimination/harassment law focusing on spotting and avoiding such issues in the legal profession, complete with vignettes, cases, and time for questions.
Speaker: Beth K. Whittenbury, Beth K. Whittenbury and Associates
Online CLE / Podcast

Drafting Savvy Arbitration Clauses
Originally presented Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
Assessing the options and considerations when drafting arbitration clauses and agreements.
Speakers: Lisa Miller, Miller Consulting; John Marcin, Marcin Lambirth, LLP
Online CLE / Podcast

From First Amendment to Facebook and Beyond: Social Media and the Employment Relationship
Originally presented Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
1 Total Participatory MCLE Credits (No Ethics)
The developing jurisprudence in the area of employee discipline for social media activity.  
Speaker: Lisa Miller, Miller Consulting
Online CLE / Podcast

Other programs available:

Contract Drafting Techniques
In law school you learned the basic principles of contract law, but not how to draft a contract.  Learn tips and techniques that will help you write and negotiate a better contract for your client, and hear about some common pitfalls to avoid. With speakers Marilyn Monahan and Richard McDerby.
Online CLE / Podcast

Attorney-Client Fee Disputes: Getting the Best Results
You performed the work, and you want to get paid.  Learn how to get the best results before, during and after the mandatory fee arbitration process.  This course will discuss the details of the arbitration process, including when notice must be given, how to prepare for the arbitration, and the effect of the award. With speaker Myer J. Sankary.
Online CLE / Podcast

What Did He Just Say? Reinforcing Your Hearsay Rule Skills
Explores the developing law applying traditional First Amendment and other protections to employee conduct on social media, including litigation considerations. With speakers Lisa Miller and Price Kent.
Online Program / Podcast

Cross-Examination: How to Start, How to Proceed, How to Finish (Big!)
Many newer attorneys don`t know how to get started developing cross-examination questions for trial, and then might not be confident about where to take the examination. This seminar offers practical advice and guidance.With speaker Lisa Miller.
Online Porgram / Podcast

Starting Up a Law Practice – Incorporation vs. Sole Proprietorship
One of the first issues lawyers have to decide when starting up a solo practice is under what legal entity they want to practice – sole proprietorship or corporation.  Find out how this decision can affect your personal liability, taxes, and even retirement. With speaker Shirish Gupta.
Online CLE / Podcast

4. Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Solo and Small Firm Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
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