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Message from the Chair

Terry Szucsko By Terry A. Szucsko

As Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section, I feel it's my duty to let you know what your membership in the section means. Your membership provides you the resources to grow your law firm and to accomplish your goals by providing what you want most: networking, education, and practice and skills development.

We meet that need through our many membership benefits, including (1) complementary subscriptions to Big News for Solo & Small Firms, along with the monthly e-newsletter; (2) numerous in-person MCLE programs and webinars throughout the state as well as in-person events for members to network and develop business; (3) the opportunity to write an article for either the e-newsletter and/or the Big News; (4) the opportunity to speak or create a program to speak to our members; and (5) 6 hours of free MCLE credits and discounts with CEB.

We invite all our members to take advantage of these benefits and everything else the section as to offer.

Webinar: Bias in the Legal Profession

Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit in the area of Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society. You must register in advance to participate.

Learn how to avoid bias for yourself, your firm and your clients This CLE will help you and your firm learn to make employment decisions in an unbiased manner. This CLE course will teach how bias can translate into legal causes of action and show how these lawsuits have affected law firms. Learn what to avoid, what actions to take, and how to make sure that our profession creates a fair and just playing field for all.

Speaker: Beth K. Whittenbury

The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting
September 29 - October 2, 2016
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

San Diego, California

Early Bird Pre-Regsitration and Hotel Registration Deadline: August 30, 2016 
Pre-Registration Deadline: September 8, 2016

The State Bar of California returns to beautiful San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multi-day showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees.

Register by August 30, 2016 to take advantage of preferred pricing. Your registration includes:

  • 111 MCLE courses 
  • Up to 19 Hours of MCLE and Legal Specialization credit 
  • Dynamic Opening Day and Closing Day General Sessions 
  • Free Networking Lunch, Morning Coffee Breaks and Evening Happy Hours in the Exhibit Hall 
  • Social events hosted by the State Bar and its various Sections, local bar associations and law school alumni groups

The Section will be presenting:

Program 59

Effectively Running Your New Law Practice

Program 71

Litigating Disability Discrimination Cases from a Plaintiff and Defense Perspective

Program 90

The Basics of Post-Judgment Modification in Permanent Spousal Support

Program 100

What? Living Together in the Same Home is Not Living Separately and Apart?

You can REGISTER ONLINE until September 8. For full information, see The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting.

In the Know: Updates in the Law

McIntyre's Civil Alert
Monty A. McIntyre, Esq. | Relentless Optimist®
Mediator, Arbitrator & Referee
Publisher: McIntyre's Civil Alert 

Published twice a month, McIntyre's Civil Alert provides free, organized, succinct summaries of noteworthy new California civil cases to keep you current with new legal developments. READ MORE

Update on Ethics

From Ethics Lawyer David Cameron Carr: Experienced Counsel and Representation In Legal Ethics and State Bar Matters.  His monthly newsletter is published once per month.  This is the August 2016 edition.

Failure to Disclose Relationships With Lawyers Voids Orders of Temporary Judge

Hayward v. Superior Court, First App. Dist., Div 2, case no. A144823, filed 8/3/16.  Attorney was appointed to serve as temporary judge in a highly contested, high dollar value marital dissolution case.  Attorney failed to provide notice  “in writing or on the record” professional relationships she had had with lawyers in the present proceeding, as required by canon 6D(5)(a) and rule 2.831(d) of the California Rules of Court.” READ MORE

Tip on the Business of Law

Per Ross Fishman in “Marketing Trends” from the American Bar Association’s Law Practice: The Business of Practicing Law magazine discussing the subject of experts talk trends, while asking the question: “What do you see as the hot new thing in marketing for law firms? Some particular tool, trend, tactic or strategy?” READ MORE

Section Publications

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 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.

Practice Books Available for Purchase

The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office

The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law OfficePublished 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

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law OfficePublished by The State Bar of California

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

Ongoing Opportunities for Self-Study and Participatory MCLE Credit

CLE CalendarCalendar of Upcoming Events

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.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, 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.

Online CLE for Participatory Credit

Online CLEView 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 Solo and Small Firm Section programs.

Self-Study CLE

Self-Study ArticlesOnline 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.

Section Member Benefits from CEB!

As dues-paying members of the Solo & Small Firm Section, you are entitled to some special benefits from CEB. They include: READ MORE

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Solo and Small Firm Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2350
FAX 415-538-2368
solo@calbar.ca.gov

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