Conference caters to solos, small firm lawyers

June 9, 2010
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IL staff reporter Rebecca Berfanger wrote this post.

The Indiana State Bar Association invited me to attend the ninth Solo and Small Firm Conference in Merrillville last week. I attended the same event in southeastern Indiana last year so I didn't hesitate to tell them to count me in.

After spending Friday meeting with solo and small firm practitioners from around the state and observing a little more than the equivalent of five hours of CLE I can say I now have a number of story ideas and sources for the coming year.

Other than a wrap up of the event in the June 23 issue, I'll likely cover retirement more in depth, surrogate attorney rule best practices, data security issues, and other interesting issues that solo and small firm attorneys might need to handle differently than other lawyers.

If you were there this weekend, what were some of your highlights? Donald Fehr, who represented baseball players? American Bar Association author Jay Foonberg, who wrote the book on starting a new practice? ISBA President Rod Morgan's state of the bar discussion? The boot camps on Thursday? Post them here, or e-mail me, rberfanger@ibj.com.
 

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